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Beaver Water District Urges Public to Imagine A Day Without Water

091216-photo-for-imagine-a-day-without-water-news-releasePhoto Cutline: (From left) Duyen Tran of CH2M, Alecia Patton of Jacksonville Water, Larry Lloyd of Beaver Water District, Jane Hurley of Central Arkansas Water and Jeff Hickle of CH2M.

Can you imagine waking up tomorrow with no water to drink, make coffee, shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry? Without water, firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops. Imagine a Day Without Water, held annually on Sept. 15th, is an opportunity to raise awareness and educate residents about the value of water.

“Most people can take for granted that when the turn on the tap, or flush the toilet, water systems function exactly as they are supposed to,” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Coalition. “But the systems that provide critical water and wastewater services are aging, and we need to take action before it gets worse. Because a day without water is nothing short of a crisis.”

With that in mind, Beaver Water District (BWD) and other Northwest Arkansas organizations are urging folks to get involved and be a part of this awareness-raising event.

“This is BWD’s second year to join in this national day of action by conducting a social media campaign,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for BWD. “We’re simply asking our staff and the public to snap selfies drinking water from the tap in a reusable cup, glass or bottle and post the photo to their social media accounts with the hashtag #ValueWater & #ValueWaterAR. It’s easy!”

The Arkansas element comes in via the Arkansas Water Environment Association (AWEA), which is asking Arkansans to add an additional “Arkansas-specific” hashtag — #ValueWaterAR — to social media posts to track Arkansas participation, said Jane Hurley of Central Arkansas Water, a member of AWEA.

Other events occurring this week in Arkansas include the Northwest District monthly meeting of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association in Springdale on Wednesday (Sept. 14) at the John Powell Senior Center Annex, at 610 East Grove Avenue. Mayor Doug Sprouse of Springdale will open the meeting at 8:30 a.m. by reading a proclamation declared by the City of Springdale.

There will also be several presentations throughout the day regarding water & wastewater training, as well as presentation on “Imagine a Day Without Water,” presented by Hurley. Contact Jennifer Enos with the Springdale Water Utility Department at (479) 756-3657 with additional questions regarding this event.

On Thursday (Sept. 15), the City of Fayetteville and CH2M will hold an Open House at their West Side Water Recourse Recovery Facility. This event is free the public. Tours will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. at 15 S Broyles Ave, Fayetteville. Contact Michelle Strange with CH2M at (479) 443-3292 for information. Also, on Thursday, Mayor Lioneld Jordan of Fayetteville will read a proclamation to the public on the Fayetteville Square at during the Farmers Market. Additionally, the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce is promoting this event to all its members asking them to create their own events.

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Secchi Day Video Produced by Middle School Students-View It Here!

Please enjoy this Secchi Day, 2016 EAST video documentary, created by students from the class of Caen Dowell, EAST Facilitator, Randall G. Lynch Middle School, Farmington, Arkansas. The students attended the 11th annual Beaver Lake water sampling event and Science Festival on August 20 at Prairie Creek Park on Beaver Lake in Rogers (Northwest Arkansas). It’s a fine production!

https://youtu.be/XIHKksZf0y0

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Nature May Cause Drinking Water to Taste, Smell Strange

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Rising algae counts may lead some customers to detect taste or odor in their drinking water right now, while others may not. What is important to remember is that the water is safe to drink, according to officials with Beaver Water District (BWD).

“Conditions in Beaver Lake, such as excess nutrients, sometimes promote more rapid growth of algae,” said Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO of BWD. “When algae die, they may give off smelly chemicals that can cause unpleasant tastes in drinking water. Here at BWD, we keep an eye on what’s going on with algae conditions when we sample for ‘MIB,’ or 2-methylisoborneol, an organic compound.”

MIB is released by certain algae as part of the normal life cycle. Algal growth is spurred by sunlight, heat, and nutrients from watershed runoff. “MIB is detectable to people at different levels,” Fortenberry added. “While the standard threshold number is 5 parts per trillion, some people may not notice any taste and odor until the levels are much higher. Others may never notice it.”

Additionally in early fall when the temperatures begin to cool off, the lake experiences turnover, and water mixes from top to bottom. This causes compounds to rise from the bottom of the lake to the top. Various organic components may then be introduced into the raw water supply and this frequently leads to taste and odor problems.

The good news is that taste and odor at the tap can be minimized in a variety of ways. For instance, chilling water and/or adding some lemon to the water will help. In addition, some people use carbon filters – the type used in water pitchers or attached to faucets.

Taste and odor issues occur as a result of environmental conditions and also human actions, officials said, adding that they want customers to understand the cause of taste and odor and be proactive about taking care of Beaver Lake. To help keep the lake free of too many nutrients, don’t over fertilize lawns and contain sediment and dirt on construction sites with silt fencing.

The main message Beaver Water District wants to get across to the public is that regardless of the taste or the smell, the water is safe to drink.

“These taste and odor issues come up about the same time every year,” he said. “And this is not unique to our area. It’s just a seasonal event. It may last a few weeks. The timeframe varies. BWD can’t control nature. However, we want to assure our customers that, no matter how short or long the duration of the event, the water is safe to drink.”

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. For more information, contact Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs, at awilson@bwdh2o.org or link directly to this taste and odor fact sheet at http://www.bwdh2o.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/BWD-Taste-and-Odor-Fact-Sheet-UPDATE-2014.pdf.

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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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