The public is invited to attend the 8th annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Prairie Creek Recreation Area, 9300 N. Park Road, Rogers. Prairie Creek is located just a few miles east of Rogers on Hwy. 12. This family friendly “science day at Beaver Lake” includes hands-on water science and ecology fun for all ages, as well as snacks, lunch and ice cream. For more information, visit bwdh2o.org, check out the event on the District’s Facebook page, or call Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District, at 479-717-3807.
“There’s always a lot of excitement and preparations surrounding Secchi Day,” said Wilson. “Our goal is fostering a greater knowledge and awareness about Beaver Lake and water quality, since that’s the source of drinking water for one in seven Arkansans. We focus on hands-on activities that are entertaining and memorable. In the process we hand out lots of goodies, such as reusable water bottles, tattoos, totes, and stickers. It’s just a lot of fun!”
Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, organized by the District and 10 partner organizations, is named for the Secchi disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity. In the early part of the morning, citizen science volunteers, using their own boats, will collect water samples and take Secchi disk readings. They will bring their samples and clarity readings in to shore where they will be recorded with great fanfare and announced by celebrity emcee Dan Skoff, KNWA’s Chief Meteorologist. (Anyone with a boat who’s interested in volunteering should email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. This requires advance planning.)
Audubon Arkansas, Beaver Water District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Hobbs State Park, Arkansas Master Naturalists, the Association for Beaver Lake Environment, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, and Ozarks Water Watch are co-sponsors of Secchi Day on Beaver Lake.
Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. The District’s mission is to serve our customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with our quality standards. For information, visit bwdh2o.org.