AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: White River to be Designated Nation's Second National Blueway

Officials to Unveil Series of New Initiatives to Support Existing Partnerships


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes will join Senator Mark Pryor, Congressman Tim Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Terrence “Rock” Salt, and Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture Ann Mills, as well as other federal, state and local officials and conservation partners to announce that the White River, along with its watershed, has been designated the nation's second National Blueway.

As part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to establish a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century, Wednesday's designation will recognize the innovative partnerships that are working to conserve the White River across its watershed from the Ozarks to the Mississippi. Federal leaders will also announce a series of new initiatives aimed at supporting the new National Blueway.

WHO: David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior

Senator Mark Pryor

Congressman Tim Griffin

Terrence “Rock” Salt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works

Ann Mills, USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources & Environment

Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Scott Simon, Director, Arkansas Office, The Nature Conservancy

Jim Stinson, Mayor, Clarendon, Arkansas

David Houghton, President, National Wildlife Refuge Association

Representatives of the states of Arkansas and Missouri
WHAT: National Blueway Recognition Ceremony for the White River and Watershed
WHEN: Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Press check-in 11:45 a.m. CST

Event 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
WHERE: Salon A, Grand Ballroom

The Peabody Hotel of Little Rock

Three Statehouse Plaza

Little Rock, Arkansas
Credentialed Media are invited to cover this ceremony and are encouraged to RSVP to