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Dan Skoff Recognized for Service to Secchi Day

082016 Alan Fortenberry presents Recognition to Dan Skoff with Dr. Bob Morgan at Secchi Day on Beaver Lake(Northwest Arkansas) — Dan Skoff (center) poses with Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO of Beaver Water District (BWD) to his left, and Dr. Robert Morgan, BWD’s Manager of Environmental Quality. Skoff received recognition for volunteerism during the annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake event, held on Aug. 20 at Prairie Creek Park at Beaver Lake in Rogers.

“We have a special presentation today and it involves a man who has had a passion for the weather ever since he was a young kid,” Fortenberry said, noting that Skoff decided to become a meteorologist at age 8 when a tornado came close to his home where he was raised in in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “We are honoring Dan today with a plaque to recognize the eight years he has served as volunteer emcee with Secchi Day. We also have a thank you card signed by lots of folks and a commemorative photo to present.”

Skoff attended the University of Oklahoma and achieved his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. He joined KNWA as the chief meteorologist in June 2006. He is a member of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. He also holds the prestigious AMS television Seal of Approval.

Beaver Lake is the water supply for one in seven Arkansans. 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.

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Cydney Lipinski of Fayetteville draws ticket for Grand Prize at Secchi Day!

Winner of Kayak 2016(Northwest Arkansas) — KNWA Chief Meteorologist Dan Skoff (left) poses with Damon Lipinski of Fayetteville and children Cydney, 6 (who held the winning ticket and is sitting in the kayak), Bialy, 5, and Casimir, 9. The grand prize kayak was donated by Cabela’s to the 11th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, held on Aug. 20th. About 600 people attended the event, which involves citizen scientists taking clarity readings with a Secchi Disk measuring device and water samples for testing from Beaver Lake, as well as several hundred people and volunteers, many of whom enjoyed a host of hands-on educational and fun activities lakeside at Prairie Creek.

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, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, the North American Lake Management Society, and Girl Scouts Diamonds are co-sponsors of Secchi Day on Beaver Lake. Harps Foods, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, and Golden Corral/Pleasant Grove Road made snacks, lunch and ice cream possible. Outdoor Cap donated Secchi Day commemorative caps and visors for everyone in attendance this year. Arkansas State Parks-Hobbs State Park donated a door prize (a stay at a state park) and the Arkansas-Missouri Railroad donated train tickets to the drawing. KNWA is the television media sponsor. Other businesses and organizations contributing resources and in-kind donations for the event included Hog Radio, La Zeta Radio, KUAF 91.3, KFSM, B-Scene Media, Univision Arkansas, Commercial Audio Systems, and the Rogers Optimist Club.

Beaver Lake is the water supply for one in seven Arkansans. 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.

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Estes Takes 1st Place in Beaver Lake Photo Contest For Fifth Year in a Row!

1st Place 2016 Melissa EstesMelissa Estes, 17, of Cave Springs, Ark., took 1st place for the fifth year in a row in the 4H Division of the 2016 Beaver Lake Photo Contest. Estes is the daughter of Dana and Michael Estes. Justin Holmes-Smith, 17, of Pea Ridge, son of Kathleen Jones, took 2nd place. Haleigh Jernigan, 10, of Bella Vista, daughter of Shannon and Alisha Jernigan, took 3rd place. The contest was held for the seventh year in conjunction with the 11th 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 the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 competitions. She received recognition and a cash prize, and her photo was displayed at Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Aug. 20th during Secchi Day. Her photo also is featured on the Beaver Water District’s Facebook page and will be published in the fall 2016 issue of the District’s quarterly newsletter, The Source.

The 11th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake was held on Aug. 20th. About 600 people attended the event, which involves citizen scientists taking clarity readings with a Secchi Disk measuring device and water samples for testing from Beaver Lake, as well as several hundred people and volunteers, many of whom enjoyed a host of hands-on educational and fun activities lakeside at Prairie Creek.

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, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, the North American Lake Management Society, and Girl Scouts Diamonds are co-sponsors of Secchi Day on Beaver Lake. Harps Foods, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, and Golden Corral/Pleasant Grove Road made snacks, lunch and ice cream possible. Cabela’s donated the Grand Prize Kayak. Arkansas & Missouri Railroad contributed tickets for door prizes (11 door prize totes to commemorate 11 years). Arkansas State Parks-Hobbs State Park contributed a special doorprize of a stay for two nights at any park in Arkansas. Outdoor Cap donated Secchi Day commemorative caps and visors for everyone in attendance this year. KNWA is the television media sponsor. Other businesses and organizations contributing resources and in-kind donations for the event included Hog Radio, La Zeta Radio, KUAF 91.3, KFSM, B-Scene Media, Univision Arkansas, Commercial Audio Systems, and the Rogers Optimist Club.

Beaver Lake is the water supply for one in seven Arkansans. 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.

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Board Meeting — August 18, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, August 18, 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 — Surge Tank — Fayetteville Transmission Line
4. Presentation — ADEQ Regulation No. 2 Update
5. Recommendation — FY 2017 BWD Budget
6. Other Business
* 11th Annual Secchi Day — Saturday, August 20. 2016 — 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Prairie Creek Park
* Reschedule October BWD Board Meeting to Alternate Day — Thursday, October 27, 2016 — 12:00 p.m.

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11th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is Aug. 20th; Free Fun, Food, Kayak Test Drives, Door Prizes & More

 

2016-SecchiDay-Flyer-webLooking for some low-cost family fun at Beaver Lake this summer? Well, look no farther! Just head out to Prairie Creek Park on Beaver Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20th! Join in the fun that’s planned for the 11th anniversary of Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, a free water appreciation science festival for all ages. If you’ve never been there, this is the perfect time to go. It’s easy to find – just plug the address 9300 N. Park Road, Rogers, AR into your GPS — and you’ll travel just a few miles east of Rogers off of Highway 12 in beautiful Northwest Arkansas to arrive at this beautiful park on the lake.

Once there, you can visit the mobile aquarium, test drive a kayak, participate in the scavenger hunt and win door prizes, use a microscope, interact with live reptiles, make your own water testing device to take home, make it rain on the watershed, and see how water flows impact water quality in the lake. The emcee of events is Dan Skoff, Chief Meteorologist for KNWA/Fox 24, along with Dr. Bob Morgan, manager of environmental quality for Beaver Water District. They will be welcoming volunteer teams who will turn in water samples and water clarity readings that will be entered on the “Great Wall of Secchi” tote board throughout the event.

“This is the 11th year we’ve held this event,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. “We continue to grow this event with a core group of partners and lake volunteers who are collecting samples while also welcoming the general public to our free event that focuses on the importance of Beaver Lake to the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. In addition to 11 door prizes and a grand prize kayak (courtesy of Cabela’s), we’ll have hot dogs, ice cream and other snacks available. We care about Beaver Lake. We want all of our citizens to care about it, too. Getting involved and having fun is a good way to start! Remember, this lake supplies drinking water for one in seven Arkansans.”

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake 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, collect water samples and take Secchi disk readings. They bring their samples and clarity readings in to shore where Skoff and Morgan record them on the Great Wall with lots of fanfare, something along the lines of a weigh-in at a fishing tournament.

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.

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Beaver Water District recognized as watershed guardian

IMG_3550 Bob Morgan and Cathy Foraker BWD board member with 2016 BWA Stewardship AwardOn July 28, 2016, Beaver Water District (BWD) of Lowell, AR, was recognized as a Beaver Lake Watershed Guardian for their achievements and principles relating to voluntary protection of Beaver Lake, Northwest Arkansas’ source of drinking water. The Watershed Guardian Award program is a stewardship recognition effort carried out by the Beaver Watershed Alliance to recognize individuals, businesses, organizations, and agencies in the Beaver Lake Watershed community who have demonstrated, supported, or achieved water quality protection efforts within the watershed. Cathy Foraker, BWD Board Member, and Dr. Bob Morgan, Manager of Environmental Quality, accepted the award on behalf of BWD.

From recognition that providing high quality drinking water at low cost starts with protecting the source of water and establishment of a “Philosophy of Source Water Protection” by the BWD Board of Directors, BWD is complete in their approach to protecting the region’s drinking water supply. Through funding vigorous water quality monitoring, education and outreach, stream restoration, and best management practice establishment efforts such as the 8.8 million West Fork Watershed Restoration Initiative and Secchi Day, BWD is committed to stewardship. Furthermore, BWD has supported the local community and many non-profit organizations and government agencies who work to support water quality improvements in the Beaver Lake Watershed. Recently BWD established a source water protection rate within their existing rate structure to help fund voluntary implementation of the Beaver Lake Watershed Protection Strategy (strategy) which is essential to our region’s future.

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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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