Bayou Bartholomew Watershed - 08040205

Home to approximately 82,000 Arkansans (2000 Census), the Bayou Bartholomew (see poster) watershed lies within the Ouachita River Basin in Southeast Arkansas crossing into Louisiana.  The hydrologic unit code for this watershed is 08040205.  There is no upstream watershed.  The Lower Ouachita (Louisiana) is downstream.

State-Level Map - Bayou Bartholomew Watershed-Level Map - Bayou Bartholomew Watershed Land Use Map - Bayou Bartholomew

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Major Streams

2006 Land Use
(1,481 Square Miles)
  • Bayou Bartholomew
  • Deep Bayou
  • Forest: 54.3%
  • Cropland: 21.2%
  • Transitional 11.0%
  • Grassland: 8.4%
  • Water: 2.8%
  • Suburban: 1.6%
  • Urban: 0.4%
  • Barren:  0.3%

Data Source: CAST

Bayou Bartholomew 303d Impaired Streams (what is an impaired stream?)  


Watershed Management Plan

Bayou Bartholomew Watershed Plan 2009 Update  


Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Documents (what is a TMDL?)


Assessments and Reports

  • Physical, Chemical and Biological Assessment of the Bayou Bartholomew Watershed, Jefferson, Lincoln, Drew, Cleveland, Desha and Ashley Counties, Arkansas. ADEQ Water Division, 2001, 108 p. + Appendices

  • Bayou Bartholomew Wetland Planning Area Report
  • Arkansas Watershed Advisory Group Newsletter (Winter/Spring 2001) - Featured Watershed: Bayou Bartholomew - "Mentioning the word Bayou cases most people to think of stagnant water, mosquitoes, snakes and an inhospitable place.  However, actually traversing the Bayou Bartholomew brings to sight an incredibly beautiful and diverse array of wildlife and plants, and a type of scenery one would not encounter many other places"... more on Page 6

  • Arkansas Watershed Advisory Group Newsletter (Spring/Summer 2002) - What's Going On In Your Watershed: Bayou Bartholomew Watershed - "The Bayou Bartholomew Alliance has received a Stream Team mini-grant to assist with log jam removal in the vicinity of Parkdale"... more on Page 4

More Watershed-Related Information


  • Clean Water Act Section 303(d) Impaired Waters Data Update here
  • Arkansas’s Final/ Draft Impaired Waterbodies – 303(d) List by Year here
  • AR Water Newsletter, Summer, 2015 here
  • NPS Management Plan here
  • The projects presented at the 2015 annual NPS conference are located here

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