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Beaver Water District Staffers Complete Water/Wastewater Utility Management Program

Pat Bates of Bentonville, Director of Human Resources for Beaver Water District (BWD), and Bill HagenBurger of Rogers, Plant Engineer for BWD, recently completed a 6-phase management training and leadership skills course for Water/Wastewater managers and supervisors. The intensive 144-hour course is administered by the American Water College and the Public Utilities & Waterworks Management Institute. Bates joined BWD in August 2008.  She is a member of the Society of Human  Resources Managers (SHRM), a past President of the Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association (NOARK), a member of the Knowledge Management Subcommittee of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Workforce Strategies Committee, and a graduate of Fort Hays State University. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis. Bates also has completed coursework in the Operations Management Master of Science Program at the University of Arkansas. Bill HagenBurger joined BWD in 2001. He has a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and State University, in Blacksburg, Va., and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Villanova University, Pa. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas and holds a Grade IV Water Operators License. He is a member of AWWA, the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA), the Water Environment Federation, and is a Past Chair of the Northwest District of the AWW&WEA. HagenBurger is a member of the Board of the Southwest Section of the AWWA, and previously served as Chair. 

BWD’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. BWD supplies clean, safe drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, at the wholesale price of $1.31 per thousand gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers — more than 320,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org/service-area

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UA Students Earn Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships

Bill Watkins of Rogers (center), President of Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors, recognized University of Arkansas students Andrew Stephens of Rogers, and Shelby Sidney of Springdale. Not pictured is Logan Draper of Fayetteville. These students each received a Beaver Water District Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarship this year.

During its regularly scheduled board meeting held Feb. 16th, the Beaver Water District (BWD) Board of Directors recognized University of Arkansas students Andrew Stephens of Rogers, Shelby Sidney of Springdale, and Logan Draper of Fayetteville with Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships. (Draper could not attend the meeting due to a conflict.)

Andrew Stephens, a senior in the University of Arkansas (UA) Biological Engineering Program, is thrilled to be a scholarship award recipient for the third year in a row. “I feel that I have had an audience rooting me on throughout my college career.”

Sidney expressed similar sentiments. “I’m very grateful for your generous donation,” she said. Sidney, who is majoring in Civil Engineering, is a recipient for the second year in a row. “I want to serve my community by designing or consulting on either a water treatment system, wastewater treatment plant, or ‘natural’ developments with the community.” She plans to continue her education and complete a masters in the environmental area of Civil Engineering.

Draper, a senior this year, is majoring in Environmental Science. In his application letter, he noted, “I decided to focus my efforts on water because of my belief that clean water is important not only for public use, but for the flora and fauna that coexist in our community.” He plans to continue his education with a masters and possibly a doctoral degree.

The scholarship, funded through voluntary contributions by BWD 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.

BWD’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. BWD supplies clean, safe drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, at the wholesale price of $1.31 per thousand gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers — more than 320,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org/service-area.

 

 

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James McCarty Joins Beaver Water District

On Feb. 13, James McCarty of Fayetteville joined the staff of Beaver Water District (BWD) in Lowell, Ark. McCarty will move into the Manager of Environmental Quality position upon the retirement in April of Dr. Robert Morgan of Springdale. 

McCarty earned a M.S. in Biological Engineering (2015) and a B.S. in Biological Engineering (2006), both from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He plans to graduate in spring 2018 with a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering, also from UA-Fayetteville. Since 2011, McCarty has served as a Research Associate and Graduate Student with the UA-Department of Biological Engineering, where he has been responsible for authoring grant proposals, conducting research, report and manuscript writing, presentations, and supervision of graduate research. Noted research projects include development of a watershed management plan and stakeholder engagement group for the Lake Conway Point Remove watershed and a decision support tool to help prioritize watersheds for nutrients.  From 2006-2011, McCarty took a hiatus from his university studies to serve as an Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Air Force. McCarty brings many core strengths to his new position with BWD including water science, a strong background in scientific research, and project management.  Consistent with BWD’s vision to maintain the quality of Beaver Lake for all generations, McCarty used his position at the University to engage with the public to inform and advocate for healthy lakes and watersheds.

BWD’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. BWD supplies clean, safe drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, at the wholesale price of $1.31 per thousand gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers — more than 320,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org/service-area.

 

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Board Meeting – February 16, 2017

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Report — FY 2016 Audit
4. Report — FY 2016 Process Improvement Projects
5. Other Business
* Recognition of Steele Croxton Memorial Scholarship Awardees
* Legislative Update 
a) SB-35 — Water service outside city limits
b) HB 1444 — Eminent domain
c) SB 299 — Fluoride — regional water districts
d) PVC Pipe — not filed yet

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Board Meeting — January 19, 2017

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Presentation — Arkansas Department of Health Licensing Committee
4. Presentation — Northwest Arkansas Land Trust — Mt. Kessler Report
5. Presentation — Regional Conservation Partnership Program Project
6. Other Business
* Article – AWWA Journal – “Leveraging Source Water Protection Programs Through Effective Partnerships” – Co-authors Laura Walker, Robert Morgan, and Peter Stangel
* Legislative Update – “just starting”
a) SB-35-Water service outside city limits
b) Eminent Domain – not filed yet
c) PVC Pipe – not filed yet
d) Fluoride – not filed yet

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Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association Elects Officers, Presents Awards Recognizing Excellence

On Dec. 14 in Fayetteville, Ark., members of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association elected the following officers for 2017: Jesse Burch, Beaver Water District, Chair; Brad Stewart, Springdale Water Utilities, Secretary/Treasurer; and Nathan Hooper, Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority, Vice Chair. Jeff Hickle, CH2M, received a plaque recognizing his years of service as outgoing Chair. Additionally, Stacy Cheevers of Beaver Water District, Northwest District Director, presented the following Outstanding Achievement Awards for 2016:

 

Water Operator Less than 5000 Population
James Clark, City of Tontitown
Water Operator More than 5000 Population
Terry Edwards, Rogers Water Utilities
Manager of the Year Water
Tim Nyander, City of Fayetteville
Laboratory Professional Water
David Newman, City of Bentonville
Wastewater Operator Less than 5000 Population
Robert Pugsley, Buffalo National River

Wastewater Operator Greater than 5000 Population
Shannon Bowen, Springdale Water Utilities
Manager of the Year Wastewater
Mayo Miller, CH2M
Laboratory Professional Wastewater
Timothy McGee, CH2M
Pretreatment Professional Wastewater
David Miller, Superior Industries International, Inc.
Recognition Award-Website Management
Heather Watson, Beaver Water District

The mission of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment 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 the profession within their communities. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information.

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Conservation Stewardship Program Informational Meeting Set for Dec. 12th

A Conservation Stewardship Program Informational Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Dec. 12th at Beaver Water District. See the flyer below for more information.

conservation-stewardship-programflyer

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Request a Beaver Lake Watershed Map Today; Educate Yourself!

watershed-map-photosRequest a Beaver Lake Watershed Map today! There’s no fee for the map. Just email your name and mailing address to education@bwdh2o.org. The map, designed by Dot Neely, Education Coordinator for Beaver Water District (BWD), focuses on this important watershed “that supplies water to Beaver Lake — the drinking water source for over 400,000 people in Northwest Arkansas.”

The Beaver Lake Watershed Map includes information about Beaver Lake, its tributaries, how the lake was constructed, the management of the lake, how to care for the lake and the watershed (best management practices), and information about organizations that work to preserve and protect the lake. Do you want to know about macroinvertebrates and other lifeforms that are indicators of water quality? Are you curious to know how many miles of shoreline make up Beaver Lake? All those questions and more are answered with this one map. It’s incredible!

BWD, formed under Act 114 of 1957, is the oldest regional water district in the state of Arkansas. BWD takes water from Beaver Lake, then cleans and treats it to make it safe for drinking and other uses. The cities of Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville distribute the clean water to their customers.

One in seven Arkansans depend on this lake for water supply needs. When the water in the lake is of good quality, then it costs less to make it suitable for drinking. The quality of the water depends on what happens in the watershed. It’s good to maintain the watershed and the lake to ensure good water quality, to make sure that wildlife has a good home, to encourage robust plant and marine life is maintained, and to maintain a beautiful lake for years and years to come.

In addition to creating and distributing high quality educational materials, such as this map, BWD provides tours of the Water Education Center and the drinking water utility for the public, as well as hands-on education. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org and schedule a tour or request education materials today.

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Bill HagenBurger of Rogers Leads Successful Three-State Water Conference

Bill HagenBurger-Beaver Water District Plant EngineerWater industry professionals from Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma attended the 104th Annual Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association (SWAWWA) Conference held Oct. 23-25, 2016, at the Embassy Suites and John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Ark. Bill HagenBurger of Rogers, Chair of the 2016 SWAWWA and Plant Engineer for Beaver Water District (BWD), planned and presided over the event, which included a trade show, numerous technical sessions, a water taste contest, a “Top Ops” competition, as well as a tour BWD’s facilities, where water from Beaver Lake is filtered and made clean for drinking, then sold to more than 300,000 people and industries through BWD’s four wholesale customers – Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. SWAWWA has a membership of 1,000-plus individuals and utilities. For more information, visit www.swawwa.org and www.bwdh2o.org.

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Foraker Elected, Watkins Re-Elected to BWD’s Board of Directors; FY 2016 “Record” Water Sales Year

bwd_board-2013_0001The Beaver Water District Board of Directors, joined by Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO, (front row, far left) includes (back, from left) Cathy Foraker, Woody Bassett, Mary Gardner, David Short, and (front, 2nd from left) Bill Watkins and Chris Weiser.

On Nov. 8, voters elected Cathy Foraker of Fayetteville (Washington County) and re-elected Bill Watkins of Rogers (Benton County), both to six-year terms on the Beaver Water District (BWD) Board of Directors. Their terms will end in 2022. Foraker first began her service to the board in 2011, when she was appointed to fill an unexpired term. Watkins began his first term on Jan. 1, 2004. BWD formed under Arkansas Act 114 of 1957. It is the oldest regional water district in the state of Arkansas. BWD is governed by a six-member elected board of directors, with three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. Board members serve six-year terms, staggered by two years in each county. The board meets monthly, on the third Thursday. For more information, visit bwdh2o.org.

In other news, BWD sold more water during its fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2016, than in any previous year in its history. Monthly water sales set records for the six months of October through March. These are the months that tend not to be impacted by weather with respect to water usage. BWD did not have record water sales for the months of April through September, when weather is a factor.

“For the FY16 year to see total record water sales (17.6 billion gallons or 48 million gallons per day on average), while experiencing a ‘normal’ summer is indicative of the residential and commercial growth of the region,” said Larry Lloyd, BWD’s Chief Operating Officer.

BWD supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas in Northwest Arkansas. BWD’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.

 

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