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Scholarships Awarded to UA Students

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During the Jan. 21st board meeting, Bill Watkins of Rogers (second from left), President of Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors, recognized University of Arkansas students L. Dave Smith of Avoca (from left), Andrew Stephens of Rogers, and Shelby Sidney of Lowell. The three are smiling because each of them received a Beaver Water District Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarship this year.

LOWELL, Ark. — During its regularly scheduled board meeting on Jan. 21st, the Beaver Water District Board of Directors recognized the recipients of the District’s Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships: Andrew Stephens of Rogers, Biological Engineering-College of Engineering; Shelby Sidney of Lowell, Civil Engineering-College of Engineering; and L. Dave Smith of Avoca, Environmental, Water and Soil Science/Crop, Soil and Environmental Science, all from the University of Arkansas (UA). This year marks the second year in a row for Stephens to receive a scholarship. Emily Wood, Assistant Director of Development-UA College of Engineering, as well as Thomas Carter, UA Assistant Dean of Student Services and Student Affairs, also attended the meeting.

The scholarship, funded through voluntary contributions by Beaver Water District Board members and other interested individuals and organizations, is named for the late Joe M. Steele and the late Hardy W. Croxton, leaders and past Board members. The Memorial Scholarship Fund provides support to qualified students within the UA’s College of Engineering and College of Agriculture. The scholarship’s aim is to support students studying and exploring careers related to water.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water from its abundant storage in Beaver Lake to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities then resell the water to nearby towns and communities. 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 www.bwdh2o.org.

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Board Meeting – January 21, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Recommendation — Change Order No. 1 — Crossland Heavy Contractors, LLC
4. Report — FY 2015 Audit
5. Presentation — Streambank Mitigation Bank
6. Presentation — Public Affairs Outreach Report
7. Report — Steele Croxton Memorial Scholarship Award Recipients
8. Other Business
– General Chemical Class Action Lawsuit

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Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association Elects Officers, Presents Awards Recognizing Excellence

Jesse Burch-Secretary-Treasurer_Jeff Hickle-Chair_Brad Stewart-Vice-Chair IMG_0012On Dec. 9 in Fayetteville, Ark., members of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association elected the following officers for 2016: Jeff Hickle, CH2M, Chair (center); Brad Stewart, Springdale Water Utilities, Vice Chair (right); and Jesse Burch, Beaver Water District, Secretary/Treasurer.  Roman Rios, City of Bentonville-Wastewater, received a plaque recognizing his years of service as outgoing Chair. Additionally, Stacy Cheevers of Beaver Water District, Northwest District Director, presented the following awards for 2015:

Water Operator Less than 5000 Population
Gary Varner, Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District
Water Operator More than 5000 Population
Rob Turner, Beaver Water District
Manager of the Year Water
Loren Danford, Springdale Water Utilities
Small System Award Water
City of Lincoln
Laboratory Professional Water
Brad Hufhines, Beaver Water District
Wastewater Operator Less than 5000 Population
Robert Wolfinbarger, Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District
Wastewater Operator Greater than 5000 Population
Tom Myers, City of Siloam Springs
Manager of the Year Wastewater
Bruce Richart, CH2M
Small System Award Wastewater
City of Decatur
Laboratory Professional Wastewater
Camille Montgomery, Rogers Water Utilities
Pretreatment Professional Wastewater
Wendy Widener, Walmart

The mission of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association, formed in 1950, is to encourage the education and licensing of its members in the field of water and wastewater systems and to provide a venue by which the members can share information, obtain training, and improve the overall standing of the profession within their communities. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information.

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Burch Appointed to National Water Committee

JesShreve_140624_0212 Burchse Burch of Bella Vista, Beaver Water District’s Operations Supervisor, was recently appointed to the American Water Works Association’s Treatment Plant Operations & Maintenance Committee. Beaver Water District supplies water to one in seven Arkansans. The American Water Works Association, established in 1881, is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. Congratulations Jesse!

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Board Meeting – November 19, 2015

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Approval of 2016 Board Meeting Schedule
4. Presentation — Master Plan Study Update – Black & Veatch
5. Presentation — Northwest Arkansas Land Trust Report
6. Other Business
– Audit – Currently being performed
– AWWA & AMWA 2016 Annual Conferences

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NW AR Water Operators Take First Place In SW Competition

Dustin Mayhew Nikki Bridges Frank Blowers presented with award by Ken Bardett - SW Sec Top Ops 2015 Plaque 2 100615Beaver Water District’s team took 1st place in the Top Ops Challenge held Oct. 6, 2015, in Shreveport, LA, during the annual meeting of the Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association. Dustin Mayhew (left) of Springdale, Plant Operator II; Nicole Bridges of Lowell, Laboratory Analyst; and Frank Blowers of Pea Ridge, Maintenance Mechanic II, comprised the team, which will now compete in the national competition to be held next June in Chicago. Ken Bardett, Transportation/Housing Chair for the Shreveport meeting, presented the award. Last year, this same team won the regional competition and placed 6th overall in nationals.

The Top Ops Challenge is designed to promote excellence and professionalism and provide an opportunity for water professionals to showcase their talents in all aspects of water operations.

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. For information about the Southwest Section of the AWWA, visit www.swawwa.org. For information about AWWA, visit www.awwa.org.

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Beaver Lake “Secchi Day” Data Reveal Water Quality “Maintaining”

LOWELL, AR — For the past 10 years, more than 100 citizen scientists and others have collected water quality data on Beaver Lake near Rogers in Northwest Arkansas during the annual Secchi Day event, typically held on the third Saturday each August. The big question on everyone’s minds is whether there are any trends that can be identified, now that there’s a decade of data to consider. To put it simply, how is the water quality in Beaver Lake doing?

Dr. Bob Morgan, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District (BWD), and Sabrina Bowman, Environmental Specialist, shared data and comments about Secchi Day with BWD Board members during their regularly scheduled meeting held at noon today.

Bowman reported that eight new volunteer sampling teams participated this year and a total of 30 teams covered 35 sample sites throughout Beaver Lake. Many of the veteran teams have been participants every year since the event began in 2006. Sampling teams take Secchi disk readings to determine water clarity, and collect water samples which are tested for chlorophyll a, total phosphorus, and nitrate, to determine algal density and nutrient concentration. Secchi depth is a measure of water transparency that involves lowering a black and white disk into the water and recording the maximum depth in which the black and white pattern can be distinguished from above the water’s surface.

Morgan said, “Overall, everything was slightly better this year than the average of the data over the past 10 years. However, the data tell us that the water quality is not rapidly changing one way or the other, at least in late summer. In other words, the lake water quality is maintaining, and that’s what we want to see.”

He added that one of the longtime volunteers said he helps collect data so that someday far into the future, maybe 50 years from now, people will have records of how clear and clean water in the lake used to be. That observation was very astute as our memories of what used to be tend to degrade over time. It maintains a record of what can be.

This year, the greatest Secchi depth was 5 meters, or approximately 16 feet. This occurred at site 29 near Beaver Dam. The lowest depth of 1.05 meters, a bit more than 3 feet, was measured at Site 1 at Hwy. 412 Bridge. The average Secchi depth for 2015 was slightly greater than the 10-year long term average of 2.7 meters.  Near surface mean concentrations for both chlorophyll a and nitrate were lower in 2015 than in the last nine years. Secchi depth in late August is inversely related to the concentration of chlorophyll a.  Therefore, as chlorophyll a decreases, Secchi depth increases.

To read this year’s detailed Secchi report, link to the District’s website at bwdh2o.org. Next year’s event will be held on Aug. 20, 2016. Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is made possible by 11 partners including BWD, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Hobbs State Park, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, the Association for Beaver Lake Environment, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Ozarks Water Watch, and One Community. Secchi Day is one of the premiere water public awareness and education events in Arkansas.

BWD’s board meets monthly with the exception of December. The board consists of three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. They are elected to six-year terms and every two years, a position comes open in each county. The board oversees BWD, which cleans and purifies drinking water sold at the wholesale price of $1.29 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. The raw water is sourced from Beaver Lake, which one in seven Arkansans relies on lake for safe, clean drinking water.

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Beaver Water District Staffers Fill Regional Water Leadership Roles

Nikki Bridges-Beaver Water District Lab AnalystBill HagenBurger-Beaver Water District Plant EngineerBill HagenBurger of Rogers has been elected Chair of the Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Nicole Bridges of Lowell has been elected Chair of the Young Professionals Committee of the Southwest Section of AWWA. Both appointments occurred during the annual Southwest Section AWWA meeting held Oct. 4-6, 2015, in Shreveport, LA. HagenBurger is plant engineer at Beaver Water District. Bridges is a laboratory analyst. 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. The Southwest Section of AWWA provides opportunities to advance knowledge and to share information regarding the drinking water industry. For information, visit www.swawwa.org.

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Board Meeting – October 15, 2015

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Presentation — Secchi Day Report
4. Presentation — BWD Source Water Protection Program Report
5. Presentation — Beaver Watershed Alliance Annual Report
6. Other Business
– RCPP Project Sponsorship
– Projects with the University of Arkansas
– U.S. Army corps of Engineers — Correspondence RE: Beaver Lake drawdowns

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Board Meeting – September 17, 2015

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Recommendation — The Cadmus Group – Source Water Protection Program Feasibility Analysis
4. Presentation – North & South Intakes
5. Other Business
– Customer Appreciation Luncheon in Memory of Scott Holloway
Adjourn to tour of the North and South Intake Facilities

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