Applaud Energy Company’s Efforts to Restore Degraded Arkansas River

Target: Southwestern Energy Company

Goal: Applaud Southwestern Energy Company for its efforts to restore Arkansas’ Little Red River

Recently, a representative from Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) announced that SWN would be donating $900,000 to fund a project to restore the Archey Fork of the Little Red River. Located in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Archey Fork that was once less than 200 feet wide is now 800 feet wide at some points, and is too shallow for many recreational activities. By improving water quality, the restoration will create a better habitat for rare aquatic species.

In 1982, the Little Red River flooded where two of its forks met, one of them being the Archey Fork. In order to prevent future flooding, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers channeled this section of the river. After the channel was widened, the banks of the river eroded, leading Archey Fork to its current state.

In April of 2012, a new division of SWN was created, called the V+ Development Studios. Its mission was to develop ways to positively impact the environment and economy of the areas surrounding SWN. In alignment with the goals of the new division, SWN decided to work with The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas to help restore the degraded Archey Fork to a state beneficial to both people and animals. The Nature Conservancy developed a plan to improve Archey Fork through three phases involving channel shaping and the construction of rock structures. SWN will fund Phase I, and construction is set to begin in 2013.

Sign this petition to applaud SWN for its commitment to the environment and to the well-being of the people of Little Rock, Arkansas.


Dear Southwestern Energy Company,

Recently, the V+ Development Studios division of Southwestern Energy Company announced its intent to donate $900,000 towards The Nature Conservancy’s Archey Fork restoration project. The restoration project is much needed; for years the Archey Fork has existed as a shallow stream, barely able to support wildlife and unable to support recreational activities. In its current state, the river contributes to the pollution of drinking water.

The restoration project will improve the water quality of the Little Red River. This is necessary because the river offers important economic benefits to people living in the region, including recreation and power generation.

In writing this letter I wanted to applaud your contribution to the restoration of Archey Fork. Thank you for showing your care for the environment, and for your dedication to improving the lives of the people living in the surrounding areas.


[Your Name Here]

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