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Board Meeting — July 21, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, July 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. Presentation — Lakes Appreciation Month
4. Presentation — Ozarks Water Watch and LakeSmart Activities
5. Presentation — FY 2017 BWD Personnel Budget
6. Other Business
* 11th Annual Secchi Day — Saturday, August 20. 2016
* Employee Recognition — BWD Top Ops Team — 4th Place AWWA ACE Chicago Competition
* Employee Recognition — Dot Neely — 2016 Outstanding Environmental Educator “Informal Educator” Award, Arkansas Environmental Education Association

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Contest to Name a Stream at Kessler Mountain Regional Park Opens July 1

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The Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA) and the Watershed Conservation Resource Center (WCRC) are kicking off a contest to name a stream in Kessler Mountain Regional Park as part of an EPA and Arkansas Natural Resources Commission grant.  The currently unnamed stream is a tributary to Cato Springs Branch that flows into Town Branch and the West Fork-White River on a course to Beaver Lake, the drinking water source for Northwest Arkansas.  The stream is currently undergoing a restoration being conducted by WCRC to stabilize stream banks and reduce the amount of sediment and phosphorus entering the lake annually.

Any person or group may submit a name proposal for the stream. The name should be of significance and relevance to the area adjacent to the tributary as well as reflective of associated culture, history, and natural heritage. Proposals must be supported with a short essay up to two pages in length. Representatives from WCRC, BWA, Beaver Water District, City of Fayetteville, and Northwest Arkansas Land Trust will select the winning name.

The selected proposal will be presented to the City Council of Fayetteville for approval. Once approved by the City Council, the tributary will be officially named.

The contest opens July 1st, 2016 and submissions must be postmarked or emailed to the Beaver Watershed Alliance at info@beaverwatershedalliance.org by August, 5th 2016. For more information, contact Bethany Alender at bethany@beaverwatershedalliance.org or (479) 750-8007.

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Celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month by Volunteering to Help Keep Beaver Lake Clean on July 9th

CoBWA color logo_stackedntact: Bethany Alender, Outreach Coordinator, Beaver Watershed Alliance, 479-750-8007; bethany@beaverwatershedalliance.org

Fast Facts:

  • July has been proclaimed Lakes Appreciation Month by Governor Hutchinson
  • Volunteers are needed for the Lakes Appreciation Month cleanup on Saturday, July 9th

The Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA) and Hobbs State Park are seeking volunteers for the Lakes Appreciation Month Cleanup, July 9th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm hosted at Hobbs State Park Conservation Area.  Volunteer check-in begins at 9:00 am at Hobbs State Park Visitor Center located at 20201 AR-12, Rogers, AR 72756. Following check-in, volunteers will fan out to cleanup sites along the lake and its tributaries to remove litter from targeted areas. A limited number of kayaks and stand up paddle boards will be available to use free of charge. After the cleanup, volunteers will return to the park where they will be treated with a volunteer appreciation lunch and chance to win door prizes.

All participants will be supplied with trash bags, maps to cleanup locations, and gloves. This is a great activity for families, church groups, scout groups, civic clubs, students, and people of all ages.

Sponsors and partners in the effort include Hobbs State Park, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Beaver Water District, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Ozarks Water Watch, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Stream Team, Benton County Solid Waste District, Benton County Environmental Division, Benton County Cooperative Extension Service, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, SUP Outfitters, Ozark Mountain Trading Company, Gearhead Outfitters, Lewis & Clark Outfitters, Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Talulah’s Outfitters and Deli, Patagonia, Cargill, and Coca-Cola.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Beaver Watershed Alliance at (479) 750-8007 or bethany@beaverwatershedalliance.org, or show up at the event.

The Beaver Watershed Alliance is formed of a diverse stakeholder group representing agricultural, recreation, conservation, water utility, business, and private landowner perspectives who all work together for the benefit of Beaver Lake and its watershed.  To learn more about BWA, best management practices for water quality, or how you can become involved in voluntary watershed protection go to www.beaverwatershedalliance.org or contact BWA at 479-750-8007 or info@beaverwatershedalliance.org.

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Beaver Water District’s Neely Receives AEEA 2016 Outstanding Environmental Educator “Informal Educator” Award

D2016_06_23_AEEA_Expo_DNeely_MMiller_Award_IMG_6584orothy G. (Dot) Neely of Fayetteville, Ark., education coordinator for Beaver Water District (BWD), received the 2016 Outstanding Environmental Educator “Informal Educator” Award from Matthew Miller, President of the AEEA Board of Directors, during the Annual AEEA Environmental Expo at the Ozark Natural Science Center June 21-23, 2016. Neely has a bachelor of science and a master of science, both in geology, from the University of Arkansas (UA). Neely’s expertise with water specific education has been shared through her role with Beaver Water District since 2010. Prior to joining BWD, she worked as an education consultant, she lectured in geosciences and led biology labs at the UA, she owned a screen printing business, and she worked as a geologist using her GIS and communication skills both for ZYCOR Inc. and TENNECO. She regularly interacts with thousands of young people and adults, enthusiastically sharing her wit and wisdom about the value of water and source water protection in hands-on settings. She gives back to the community through many roles with a number of organizations and boards including but not limited to the Beaver LakeSmart Advisory Council, the Beaver Watershed Alliance, the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, and the Arkansas Environmental Education Association.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. Our 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 additional information, visit www.bwdh2o.org

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Beaver Water District Top Ops Team Places 5th In North America

062216 BWD Top Ops Team Placed 5th AWWA ACE - Dustin Mayhew-Frank Blowers-Nikki HollowayBeaver Water District (BWD) placed 5th in the North American Top Ops Challenge on June 22, 2016, in Chicago. The team members are Dustin Mayhew of Springdale, BWD Plant Operator; Frank Blowers of Pea Ridge, BWD Maintenance Supervisor; and Nikki Holloway of Lowell, BWD Laboratory Analyst. Combined, they bring together more than 30 years of experience in the water field to the Top Ops competition. This was the team’s second year in a row to compete in the competition. Top Ops is the “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy!” of the water industry. The competition was held during the American Water Works Association’s 2016 ACE convention, which drew more than 13,000 water professionals from around the world. 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. Established in 1881, AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. For more information, visit awwa.org. Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas in Northwest Arkansas. 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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Joe Doster Receives 2016 War Eagle Creek Steward Award

Joe Doster on the left receives 2016 War Eagle Steward Award from Bryant Baker of BWA 060416Joe Doster (left) of Huntsville received this year’s War Eagle Creek Steward Award, sponsored by Beaver Water District (BWD), at War Eagle Appreciation Day held June 4th at Withrow Springs State Park in Huntsville, Ark. Bryant Baker of Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA) presented him with the award. Doster earned the recognition for his extensive work on establishing a new riparian buffer along nearly 1,500 feet of Town Branch and a small tributary on his 8.5 acre property in Huntsville. This buffer was created in partnership BWA. With the help of volunteers from the community, more than 350 trees were planted. This project will serve as a demonstration site for other landowners to learn about what riparian buffers are and how they can implement similar techniques on their own properties. As a retired teacher and former Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Program coordinator, Doster also hopes his property can be a place for students from Huntsville High School to carry out environmental research projects in the future. Students from the high school’s EAST Program have already been involved with planting the buffer and creating a database of each tree location using GIS tools. BWA was formed in 2011 to establish programming to maintain high quality drinking water in Beaver Lake and improve water quality on the Beaver Lake. For more information, visit www.beaverwatershedallinace.org. BWD supplies drinking water sourced from Beaver Lake to more than 300,000 people and industries in Northwest Arkansas. For additional information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Feed Communities & Beaver Water District Partner To Provide Hydration at Local Events

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(Photograph) Ken Patterson (left) and Katie Rievert (right) of Feed Communities pose with Dot Neely, BWD’s Education Coordinator. BWD is partnering with Feed Communities to provide water education and outreach to the community through the supply of refillable water bottles and two co-branded 5-gallon water coolers. These will be used to hydrate volunteers and others in the community as they attend and work on worthwhile projects in NW Arkansas.

Beaver Water District (BWD) and Feed Communities realize it’s not always convenient for members of the public to have access to clean, safe tap water in some settings. With that in mind, the two organizations have partnered to ensure that access if provided with two co-branded, portable water coolers, reusable water bottles, and educational information about clean drinking water in Northwest Arkansas.

“BWD is excited to work with Feed Communities to ensure folks have access to drinking water, refillable sports bottles, and education about water,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for BWD. “The more people know and understand about water and its contributions to public health, food production, economic stability and quality of life, the more they value it. BWD currently partners with Feed Communities through its publication Edible Ozarkansas. This effort will continue to expand both our organizations’ abilities to reach target communities in need together.”

Ken Patterson, Executive Director of Feed Communities, expressed thanks for the coolers, bottles and literature. “I agree with Amy. This is a win/win partnership for both BWD and Feed Communities. This will allow us to be better able to provide hydration in settings where it may not be readily available. Ensuring healthy food for everyone and access to clean water go hand in hand. This partnership aligns well with Feed Communities’ mission.”

Feed Communities is an incorporated 501(c)(3) organization founded with the vision of supporting and expanding local food systems as a means of facilitating durable solutions for food security. Currently, Feed Communities host a variety of programs including Farm to Preschool, Plant A Row, Cooking Classes, Community Gardens and Food Access Initiatives (partnered with UAMS NW), The Ozarkansas Tool Library, and Community Outreach Initiatives.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. Our 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 additional information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Board Meeting — June 16, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Presentation — Power Management
4. Other Business
* Employee Recognition — Dot Neely — 2015 James Bailey Education of the Year Award, Arkansas Water Environment Association
* Tour of Switching Station 1A Generators

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Change in Taste of Water Temporary, Beaver Water District Reports

Beaver Water District reports that some residents may have noticed a change in the taste of their tap water in recent weeks. This is not a result of a change in drinking water treatment. The culprit is algae. After the region experienced sunny, warmer temperatures for a couple of weeks, the algae population in Beaver Lake, the raw water source for drinking water for one in seven Arkansans, increased. Algae are often the cause of taste and odor issues in the water. BWD has adjusted treatment to best treat for this. However, the byproduct that causes the taste and odor issues cannot be completely eliminated by this treatment. The rain and cooler temperatures this week should help, and the type of algae that is currently blooming is relatively short lived. That means the taste and odor episode should pass soon. For more information, please link to these fact sheets on the BWD website.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. Our 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 additional information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Board Meeting — May 19, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, May 19, 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 — Generator Project– Crossland Heavy Construction Change Order Reconciliation
4. Recommendation — Amendment to Black & Veatch Master Plan — Solids Study
5. Presentation — Distributive Control System Update Status
6. Recommendation — FY 2017 Financial Plan Update
7. Other Business

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