News Releases

Three Scholarships Awarded to UA Students

LOWELL, Ark. — During its regularly scheduled board meeting today, the Beaver Water District Board of Directors recognized the recipients of the District’s Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships: Julia Allen of Fayetteville, Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science-College of Agriculture; Stephanie Maxwell of Bentonville, Civil Engineering-College of Engineering; and Andrew Stephens of Rogers, Biological Engineering-College of Engineering, all from the University of Arkansas (UA). This year marks the second year in a row for Allen and Maxwell to receive District scholarships. Tory Gaddy, Development Manager with the 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. See photo below. Photo caption: During the Jan. 15th board meeting, Bill Watkins of Rogers (second from left), President of Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors, recognized University of Arkansas students Stephanie Maxwell of Bentonville (from left), Julia Allen of Fayetteville, and Andrew Stephens of Rogers. The three are smiling because each of them received a Beaver Water District Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarship this year.011515 Winners with Bill Watkins

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Board Meeting — January 15, 2015

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

Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes from previous regular meeting
3. Report — FY 2014 Audit
4. Presentation — Nutrient Trading Legislation
5. Presentation — BWD Master Plan Update
6. Report — Steele Croxton Memorial Scholarship Award Recipients
7. Other Business

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The Source: Winter 2014

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • A Look into FY 2015 Projects
  • Beaver Watershed Alliance Reports on 2014 Progress
  • NW District Elects Officers, Presents Awards for Water/Wastewater
  • Nordyke Retires After 34 Years of Service
  • New Operators Join BWD Staff
  • Employees Recognized
  • Short and Bassett Re-Elected to BWD’s Board of Directors
  • Beaver Water District Team Takes 1st Place in “Top Ops” Challenge
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NW District Elects Officers, Presents Awards for Water/Wastewater

NW District Officers 2015On Dec. 11, the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association, met at the Chancellor Hotel and elected Roman Rios, City of Bentonville, Chair (center); Jeff Hickle, CH2M Hill/City of Fayetteville, Secretary/Treasurer (right); and Jesse Burch, Beaver Water District, Vice Chair for 2015. James Clark, City of Tontitown, received a plaque recognizing his years of service as outgoing Chair. The group also presented awards of recognition. The mission of the 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 our profession within the communities. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information. 

Water Operator Less than 5000 Population
David McNair, Gentry Water
Water Operator More than 5000 Population
Fred Clardy, Bentonville Water Utilities
Manager of the Year Water
William Evans, Rogers Water Utilities
Small System Award Water
Centerton Water Utilities Frank Holzkamper
Laboratory Professional Water
Nicole Bridges, Beaver Water District
Wastewater Operator Less than 5000 Population
Michael Maynard, CH2M Hill/Fayetteville
Wastewater Operator Greater than 5000 Population
Chris Earl, Bentonville Wastewater Utilities
Manager of the Year Wastewater
Harold Whittle, Springdale Water Utilities
Small System Award Wastewater
Prairie Grove
Laboratory Professional Wastewater
Ashley Lyons, CH2M Hill/City of Fayetteville
Pretreatment Professional Wastewater
Ed Clark, Pinnacle Foods Group

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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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