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Beaver Water District Recognizes Employees

BWD Recognizes EmployeesBeaver Water District recently recognized the following staffers for continued years of dedicated service: Bob Evans, Plant Operator II, 30 years; Danny Phipps, Plant Operator II, 20 years; Cary Davis, Maintenance Mechanic II, Brad Hufhines, Environmental Technician, Dr. Robert Morgan, Environmental Quality Manager, and Amy Wilson, Public Affairs Director, 10 years; and Jim Johnson, Instrument Technician, five years. The photograph here features CEO Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO, presenting (from left) Amy Wilson, Brad Hufhines, and Dr. Robert Morgan with their certificates.

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Board Meeting — Nov. 20, 2014

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes from previous meeting
3. Approval of 2015 Board Meeting Schedule
4. Presentation — Secchi Day Results
5. Report — General Election Results — Board Members
6. Presentation — Projects at Beaver Water District
7. Other Business
* Audit — currently being performed
* AWWA & AMWA 2015 Conferences
* Presentations to Board

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Beaver Lake Secchi Day Results Released for 2014

Nine years. That’s how long citizen scientists and others have collected water quality data on Beaver Lake during the annual Secchi Day event. So, is Beaver Lake water quality staying constant, or is it improving or degrading? Dr. Bob Morgan, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District, shared some comments with regard to this year’s data collection, which took place on Aug. 16th.  Beaver Water District supplies drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas, to more than 300,000 people.

“We had eight new volunteer sampling teams join us this year for our 9th annual Secchi Day,” he said. “Overall, 27 teams covered 35 sample sites throughout Beaver Lake. We’re especially pleased that many of our dedicated teams have been participants every year since this event started in 2006.”

Morgan explained that teams collect water samples and take Secchi disk readings to determine water clarity. Secchi depth is a measure of water transparency that involves lowering a black and white disk into the water and recording when the disk is no longer visible.

This year, the greatest Secchi depth of 3.61 meters, or approximately 11.84 feet, occurred at Hall Spring Branch near Starkey. The lowest depth of .58 meters, a bit less than 2 feet, was measured at the confluence of the White River and Richland Creek.

Technicians in the District’s lab analyzed each of the water samples. Morgan said one laboratory test is to determine levels of chlorophyll a, a pigment in algae that is used to measure the density of the algal population in water. Samples also are tested for phosphorous and nitrate, also referred to as “nutrients” that promote algal growth.

“Secchi Day results were mixed this year. Overall, Secchi readings across the entire lake were less than average, 2.44 meters versus the long term average of 2.68 meters,” Dr. Morgan said. “However, the results depended upon where in the lake measurements were taken. In the upstream reaches of the lake (those areas furthest from the dam), the readings were just slightly deeper than average at 1.36 meters compared to 1.29 meters as the long-term average. The mid-reaches of Beaver, roughly from Hickory Creek to Highway 12, were also better than average. But north of Highway 12, practically all of the readings were lower than average.”

Morgan said this was unexpected, since 2014 has been a low-rainfall year. However, the chlorophyll data were more as expected for a dry year, with all but two sites having less chlorophyll than average.

“Secchi results may have been skewed by the choppy conditions on the lake and the broken sunshine, making readings hard to obtain,” he said. “It is still hard to say if the quality of water in the lake is constant, improving or degrading. It is likely safe to say that water quality is not constant. But, making a determination of an improving or degrading trend will require more data. What we have now is a real good baseline of where Beaver Lake was in the early 2000s.”

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is made possible by 10 partners including 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. Secchi Day is one of the premiere water public awareness and education events in Arkansas. Next year’s event will be held on Aug. 15, 2015. To read this year’s Secchi report, link to the District’s website at bwdh2o.org.         

About Beaver Water District

Beaver Water 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 more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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The Source: Fall 2014

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Successful Chemical Leak Drill
  • Beaver Water District Receives Governor’s Quality Award
  • Adam Motherweill Joins Beaver Water District Staff
  • Board Approves 2015 Budget
  • Public Invited To Experience Interactive Water Bar at Crystal Bridges Museum
  • Secchi Day 2014 Big Success
  • Estes Takes 1st Place in Beaver Lake Photo Contest, Again!
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Motherwell Joins Beaver Water District

Adam Motherwell Use for WEB JPG FILE 2014Adam Motherwell of Fayetteville has joined the staff of Beaver Water District in Lowell. Motherwell will move into the Chief Financial Officer position upon the retirement in the spring of Steve Russell of Springdale.

Motherwell is an honors graduate of the Walton College of Business with 36 years of experience. For the past 14 years, he served as the Associate Dean for Finance & Administration in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  His experience includes corporate auditor, Arkansas Division of Legislative auditor, and University of Arkansas System Auditor. His credentials include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), past Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), University of Arkansas Credit Union Treasurer, and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the City of Fayetteville.

Beaver Water 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. The District supplies treated drinking water sourced from Beaver Lake to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. These cities then resell the water to surrounding towns and communities. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Beaver Water District Team Takes 1st Place in “Top Ops” Challenge

101414 BWD Team Wins Top Ops Challenge at SW Section MeetingBeaver Water District’s Team took 1st place in the Top Ops Challenge held Oct. 14, 2014, in Tulsa, OK, during the annual meeting of the Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association. Dustin Mayhew of Springdale, Plant Operator II; Nicole Bridges of Lowell, Laboratory Analyst; and Frank Blowers of Pea Ridge, Maintenance Mechanic II, comprised the team, which studied for several months and practiced answering a broad range of technical questions related to cleaning and delivering safe drinking water. Jesse Burch of Bella Vista, Operations Supervisor, served as team captain and coach. Mindi Dearing of Farmington, Laboratory Supervisor, moderated the event. The District competed against teams from Louisiana and Oklahoma. Beaver Water District’s team will now compete in the national Top Ops challenge, to be held June 8-10 in Anaheim, CA, during the annual convention of the American Water Works Association. 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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Board Meeting — October 15, 2014

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, October 15, 2014, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes from previous meeting
3. Presentation — EPA’s Clean Power Program
4. Presentation — Beaver Watershed Alliance Report
5. Presentation — Source Water Protection Program Update
6. Recognition — Retirement of Taddy Nordyke, Accounting Administrative Assistant
7. Other Business
* Water Production Report
* Resoluton — Securities Investments

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Board Meeting — September 18, 2014

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes from previous meeting
3. Recommendation–Black & Veatch — Contract — Master Plan Study
4. Presentation — Distributive Control System (DCS) Upgrade
5. Presentation — Western Corridor Project
6. Presentation — Nutrients in Streams and Lakes
7. Other Business
* Water Production Report
* Authorization for Bank Credit Cards
* Report of Customer Appreciation Event

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Board Meeting — August 28, 2014

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes from previous meeting
3. Presentation–BWD Master Plan Update
4. Presentation — Research Projects with the University of Arkansas 5. Recommendation — Black & Veatch — Contract – Generators
6. Recommendation — FY 2015 Budget
7. Other Business
* Chlorine Residuals Histograms — Customer Cities

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Estes Takes 1st Place in Beaver Lake Photo Contest, Again

beaver lake star enhanced-Estes First PlaceMelissa Estes, 15, of Cave Springs, Ark., took 1st place in the 4H Division of the 2014 Beaver Lake Photo Contest. Estes is the daughter of Dana and Michael Estes. Karrissa Smith, 11, of Rogers, daughter of Jillian and Buddy Smith, took 2nd place. Jurnee Wilson, 16, of Bentonville, daughter of Misty and Danny Wilson, took 3rd place. The contest was held for the fifth year in conjunction with the 9th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake and the Benton County Fair. Estes has been competing in the contest for several years. Previously, she took 2nd place in the 2011 competition and 1st place in both the 2012 and 2013 competitions. She received recognition and a cash prize, and her photo was displayed at Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Aug. 16th during Secchi Day. Her photo also is featured on the Beaver Water District’s Facebook page and will be published in the fall 2014 issue of the District’s quarterly newsletter, The Source.

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