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State of the Lake 2013 Report

The State of the Lake Report provides interesting data about Beaver Lake’s Water Quality. The report — which is formally titled Beaver Lake and its Tributaries: 2013 Source Water Quality Report — is completed annually. Link to it here.

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Rubber Duck Asks Locals, Visitors to “Give Beaver Lake a Break”

BWDduckLOWELL – A new public media campaign encouraging Beaver Lake visitors to take care of their drinking water source features a unique spokesperson – an animated bathtub toy.

 

“Give Beaver Lake a Break” is the theme of ads on area TV, radio, newspapers and movie theater screens throughout the summer, says Beaver Water District Director of Public Affairs Amy Wilson. The ads star an animated rubber duck character as well as local residents shown fishing, hiking and enjoying Beaver Lake’s parks.

 

“The Water District wanted to communicate simple practices everyone can do to help protect the lake’s water quality,” Wilson said. “We decided that our rubber ducky would be a fun and original way to get our audience’s attention.”

 

One commercial encourages lake visitors to properly dispose of waste, including trash, human waste and pet waste. The animated duck swims into view saying, “Did you know Beaver Lake is where our drinking water comes from? It just makes sense to keep trash and other waste out of the water.” Boaters are shown collecting floating trash from the lake’s surface, a hiker is shown entering a park lavatory, and a dog owner is shown bagging and disposing of pet droppings.

 

In another ad, the duck says, “It’s fun to feed the waterfowl on Beaver Lake, right? Wrong!” A scene of a family tossing breadcrumbs into the water is rewound, so the bread flies back into their hands. The voiceover explains that feeding ducks and geese can disrupt their natural foraging instincts, and lead to overpopulation, malnutrition, and more animal waste in Northwest Arkansas’ drinking water source.

 

Wilson added that Beaver Water District provides detailed fact sheets (called “Quack Sheets”) on their website, bwdh2o.org, which contain additional information about protecting Beaver Lake’s water quality.

 Beaver Water District supplies drinking water 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. 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 more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Responders Participate in Chemical Leak Drill at Beaver Water District

Lowell, AR — July 22, 2014 – Beaver Water District, Lowell and Springdale Fire Departments, and regional Hazmat teams conducted a chemical leak drill this morning at Beaver Water District. The drill began at 8:30 a.m. with a call from Beaver Water District to the 911 dispatcher. Others participating included area police departments, Washington County Emergency Management, Siloam Springs, Bella Vista, Fayetteville, and Rogers.

“Our plant engineer, plant manager and maintenance supervisor have been working with Springdale and Lowell Fire Departments and regional hazmat teams to plan this drill for several months,” said Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO of Beaver Water District. “The fire departments actually approached us about doing the drill.”

Larry Lloyd, COO for the District, said that once en route, emergency vehicles were told by the dispatchers that this was a drill. Meanwhile, the Lowell Police Department set up a secure perimeter at the entrance to the plant site. The Springdale Fire Department set up a perimeter and command center onsite at the plant, which is located off of Primrose Road. District maintenance personnel trained in hazardous materials response and containing and repairing equipment, donned hazmat suits and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) to conduct a series of mini-drills on site. These drills included one team evaluating the leak and the second team containing the leak.

This is the first time Beaver Water District has included area responders for a chemical leak drill, said Bill HagenBurger, Plant Engineer with the District. “Drills like this provide a great opportunity for everyone to practice using equipment in a non-emergency situation,” he said. “We are planning and training for contingencies.”

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water 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. 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 more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Secchi Day on Beaver Lake-Aug. 16 at Prairie Creek Free for Whole Family

The public is invited to attend the 9th annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Prairie Creek Recreation Area, 9300 N. Park Road, Rogers. Prairie Creek is located just a few miles east of Rogers on Hwy. 12. This family friendly “science day at Beaver Lake” includes hands-on water science and ecology fun for all ages, as well as snacks, lunch and ice cream. For more information, visit Beaver Water District’s website at www.bwdh2o.org.

“We’ll have live fish and reptiles on site, as well as first-come first-serve pontoon boat rides beginning promptly at 9 a.m.,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. “Volunteer educators, Master Naturalists, and Master Gardeners will help participants with hands-on activities such as making bird feeders and water testing devices to take home. Door prizes will be offered in drawings for scavenger hunts and other competitions. We have activities for all ages, from the young to retirees. Everything is geared toward fostering appreciation for Beaver Lake, which insures quality of life for everyone in Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas.”

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, organized by the District and nine partner organizations, 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, will collect water samples and take Secchi disk readings. They will bring their samples and clarity readings in to shore where they will be recorded with great fanfare and announced by celebrity emcee Dan Skoff, Chief Meteorologist for KNWA/Fox 24. (A few volunteers with boats may still be needed. Anyone with a boat who’s interested should email sbowman@bwdh2o.org as soon as possible. This requires advance planning.)

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 are co-sponsors of Secchi Day on Beaver Lake. Harps Food Stores, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, and other contributors will provide the free lunch. Television media sponsor this year will be KNWA. Outdoor Cap is donating caps and visors for volunteers. Rogers Optimist Club volunteers will be staffing the food tent.

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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The Source: Summer 2014

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Once a River: Concerts/CD Showcase Songs About Beaver Lake & the Watershed
  • Beaver Water District Receives Award of Recognition: Utility is one of an Elite Group to Receive Honor
  • Burch Named Operations Supervisor at Beaver Water District
  • Beaver LakeSmart Volunteers “Adopt” Sampling Sites
  • Watershed Outreach News: 4,000 Pounds of Trash Removed from West Fork White River Watershed
  • War Eagle Appreciation Day & War Eagle Creek Steward Award
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Board Meeting — July 17, 2014

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes from previous meeting
3. Presentation–Trends in the Water Industry
4. Recommendation — FY 2015 Personnel Budget
5. Other Business
* Palintest ChlordioX-Plus Validation Study
* 9th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Burch Promoted to Operations Supervisor

Shreve_140624_0212 Jesse Burch June 2014Beaver Water District recently promoted Jesse Burch of Bella Vista to the Operations Supervisor position for the drinking water plant. In his new role, Burch supervises the Operations Department which includes eight Operators, three Relief Operators, and two Solids Handling Facility Operators. He is responsible for filing reports with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and District officials.

Burch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Soil and Water Science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He also holds Grade IV Water Operators Treatment and Distribution licenses.He is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), President of Diehl Toastmasters in Bella Vista, Chair of AWWA YP Social Media Subcommittee, and serves as Arkansas contact for the Southwest Section AWWA Young Professionals. Burch is a graduate of the Beaver Water District’s Leadership Development Program. He serves on Beaver Water District’s Optimizing Operations Goal Team.

Burch’s career with the District began in 2003, when he was hired as a Water Operator II. In this role, he monitored customer cities’ tanks, made pump changes to maintain adequate tanks levels for customer cities, ran analytical lab tests, and washed filters. He also conducted daily rounds to ensure plant chemical pumps, raw and high service pumps, and other equipment was running properly. Additionally, he processed paperwork required for billing cities and reports for the ADH. Prior to joining the District, Burch was a Water Quality Technician for the Washington County Conservation District.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water 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. 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 more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Huntsville High School Earns Steward Award

Kevin Shinn and Huntsville East Win 2014 Steward AwardThe annual War Eagle Steward Award was presented to Kevin Shinn of the Huntsville High School EAST program by Daniel Godwin, Assistant Superintendent of Withrow Springs State Park, on Saturday, June 7, during War Eagle Appreciation Day. Huntsville High School EAST students have conducted a litter cleanup along Town Branch in the City of Huntsville for the past seven years. Through this effort, they have removed thousands of pounds of trash from Town Branch Creek, a tributary of War Eagle Creek. The students generated approximately $84,000 of volunteer community service hours over the history of this event.

“Stewards of our water resources, such as the Huntsville EAST Program, truly deserve to be recognized for their efforts, leadership, and labor,” said John Pennington, Executive Director of the Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA). BWA nominated the program for the award.

Awards are presented each year during War Eagle Appreciation Day, a community-wide event held at Withrow Springs State Park. The daylong gathering includes a family friendly float with education stations, music and food, and activities focused on the environment and community. Award winners receive an attractive metal sign that bears the War Eagle logo and identifies the recipient as a War Eagle Creek Steward. The program promotes awareness of the impact that land owners, residents, business owners/operators and other community members have on the watershed and recognizes those who have worked hard to protect the War Eagle Creek watershed by in some way by making a significant contribution to the water quality of the War Eagle. War Eagle is a tributary to Beaver Lake, drinking water for one in seven Arkansans.

War Eagle Appreciation Day occurs the first Saturday in June each year. Event partners and sponsors for 2014 included the William Rufus Stephens Jr. Memorial Fund, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas State Parks (Withrow Springs State Park & Hobbs State Park), Arkansas Master Naturalists, Lewis & Clark, War Eagle Mill, Arkansas Canoe Club, Madison County Search and Rescue, Huntsville Fire Department, Madison County Solid Waste and Recycling, Madison County Record, KTHS Radio, Madison Coffee House, Wal-Mart, Ma and Pa’s Bent & Dent, Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma & Texas, Ozarks Water Watch, and Beaver Water District.

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Board Meeting — June 19, 2014

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of April 17, 2014 meeting and May 15, 2014 meeting
3. Recommendation — Reclassification of a Current Laboratory Position
4. Recommendation — FY 2015 Salary Structure Analysis
5. Presentation — B&V Status of Generator Study
6. Presentation — Knowledge Management Plan
7. Other Business
* Leadership Development Program Update
* “Once a River” CD
* Quack Campaign

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Beaver Water District Receives National Award

Utility is one of an Elite Group to Receive Honor 

Larry Lloyd in center receives Beaver Water Districts Directors Award of Recognition June 9 2014 at ACE in Boston[UPDATE] Beaver Water District received the “Directors Award of Recognition” from the Partnership for Safe Water on June 9th at a ceremony held in Boston during the annual meeting of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). AWWA is the largest and oldest worldwide organization dedicated to safe water. Larry Lloyd, COO of the District, was on hand to receive the award. To his left in the photo above is John Donahue, AWWA President, and to his right is Peter Grevatt, Director of the USEPA Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water.

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Denver, Colo. – June 4, 2014 – Beaver Water District has received the “Directors Award of Recognition” from the Partnership for Safe Water, a program developed by AWWA, EPA, and associated Partner organizations, to guide water suppliers towards improving water quality by optimizing system operations. The Beaver Water District was presented this award for successfully completing the Self-Assessment and Peer Review phase of the Partnership program, a phase which includes comprehensive evaluation of treatment plant operations and performance, identification of performance limiting factors, and the development of action plans to achieve optimization. The plant will be one of a select group of utilities honored by the Partnership at the annual conference of the American Water Works Association, the largest and oldest worldwide organization dedicated to safe water.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Bill Watkins of Rogers, Ark., President of Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors. “The District’s goal is to always strive to optimize operations and improve the quality of water we deliver to our customers. The community in Northwest Arkansas counts on us to ensure the water we take from Beaver Lake and process for drinking is of the highest quality we can produce when it emerges from their taps. The achievement of this award is a great accomplishment and a credit to our dedicated staff. This award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to protecting public health now and for years to come.”

Beaver Water District supplies 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. 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 more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary self-assessment and optimization program for water treatment plant and distribution system operation. More than 250 utility subscribers, collectively serving more than 100 million people, are committed to the Partnership’s goals of providing safe, high-quality drinking water through achieving operational excellence in water treatment. Partnership members participate in a rigorous four-phase self-assessment and peer review process, developed by industry experts, and are recognized industry-wide for their commitment to delivering safe water to their communities.

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The Partnership for Safe Water is an alliance of the American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of Water Companies, and the Water Research Foundation.

 

 

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