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Change in Taste of Water Temporary, Beaver Water District Reports

Beaver Water District reports that some residents may have noticed a change in the taste of their tap water in recent weeks. This is not a result of a change in drinking water treatment. The culprit is algae. After the region experienced sunny, warmer temperatures for a couple of weeks, the algae population in Beaver Lake, the raw water source for drinking water for one in seven Arkansans, increased. Algae are often the cause of taste and odor issues in the water. BWD has adjusted treatment to best treat for this. However, the byproduct that causes the taste and odor issues cannot be completely eliminated by this treatment. The rain and cooler temperatures this week should help, and the type of algae that is currently blooming is relatively short lived. That means the taste and odor episode should pass soon. For more information, please link to these fact sheets on the BWD website.

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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Board Meeting — May 19, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Recommendation — Generator Project– Crossland Heavy Construction Change Order Reconciliation
4. Recommendation — Amendment to Black & Veatch Master Plan — Solids Study
5. Presentation — Distributive Control System Update Status
6. Recommendation — FY 2017 Financial Plan Update
7. Other Business

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Frank Blowers Promoted to Maintenance Supervisor

Frank Blowers Profile PhotoFrank Blowers of Siloam Springs has been promoted to Maintenance Supervisor for Beaver Water District (BWD). Blowers, hired in 2003 by BWD in Facilities Maintenance, holds Grade IV Water Operators Treatment and Distribution Licenses. He’s a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Southwest Section of AWWA, the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association, and Deihl Toastmasters. He’s also a member of the BWD Top Ops Team. Top Ops is a “quiz bowl” style challenge where teams compete while answering questions about all aspects of water operations. The team took 1st place in the regional Top Ops Challenge held last fall and will compete in the national competition this June in Chicago.

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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See our PSA! Volunteer for May 21st West Fork Cleanup at Riverside Park!

WF Cleanup Flyer 2016The Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA) is seeking volunteers for the 11th Annual West Fork of the White River Cleanup being held Saturday, May 21st from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The West Fork-White River is a tributary to Beaver Lake which provides drinking water for more than 500,000 people in Northwest Arkansas.  Volunteer check-in begins at 9:00 am at Walker Park in Fayetteville, Riverside Park in West Fork, and Slicker Park in Winslow.  Following check-in, volunteers will fan out to stations with site leaders along the river and clean up targeted areas.  After the cleanup, volunteers will return to Riverside Park in West Fork for lunch, bluegrass music, and the chance to win some great door prizes!

View the PSA  here! https://youtu.be/ntdWHe_xr9A

All participants will be supplied with trash bags, maps to cleanup locations, and gloves.  Volunteers are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes.  This is a great activity for families, church groups, scout groups, civic clubs, students, and people of all ages.  Cleanup sites will be located at Walker Park, Town Branch, Cato Springs Branch, Dead Horse Mountain Rd., Ward’s Slough, Baptist Ford, Dye Creek Road, Arvest Bank in West Fork, Riverside Park, Trash Hole, Woolsey Bridge, Brentwood Mountain Road, and Slicker Park.

Sponsors and partners include Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Stream Team, Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Weichert Realtors The Griffin Company, Cargill, Cavecloth, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Harps, Beaver Water District, Watershed Conservation Resource Center, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension, City of Fayetteville, Boston Mountain Solid Waste District, Washington County Environmental Affairs, Ozarks Water Watch, Ozark Mountain Trading Company, Coca-Cola, Cabela’s, Patagonia, and Ozark Natural Foods.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Beaver Watershed Alliance at 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 James Bailey Memorial Educator of the Year Award

Neely Dot CROPPEDDorothy G. (Dot) Neely of Fayetteville, Ark., education coordinator for Beaver Water District (BWD), received the 2016 James Bailey Memorial Educator of the Year Award from the Arkansas Water Environment Association today (May 2, 2016) during the annual meeting of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association held in Hot Springs, Ark. This honor is awarded to an Arkansan who strives to inspire fellow Arkansans, young and old, with enthusiasm and desire to protect the states’s water environment, understand environmental issues and further environmental education. Neely has enjoyed a lifelong affinity for nature that began in childhood with family canoeing and camping excursions to scenic destinations and youthful devotion to exploration of the world outside. She 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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$8.8 Million to Protect Water Quality in NW Arkansas

White River Project - Planting Day with Volunteers following construction -2The Watershed Conservation Resource Center (WCRC) is pleased to announce more than $8.8 million will be devoted to a portion of the West Fork of the White River Watershed to improve and protect water quality in Northwest Arkansas over the next five years.

The West Fork of the White River is a major tributary that flows to the White River which forms Beaver Lake, the primary drinking water source for one in seven Arkansans. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) selected the WCRC’s “West Fork White River Watershed Initiative” project to receive $4.3 million in federal dollars to conduct river restoration and implement other best management practices (BMPs) on agricultural lands through their Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

An array of partners joined the WCRC to support this effort.  Partners’ contributions total over $4.5 million dollars in both cash and in-kind matching funds.  Participating organizations include the WCRC,  Beaver Water District, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Walton Family Foundation,  Natural Resource Conservation Service (state and county offices), Washington County Conservation District, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Cities of West Fork and Fayetteville, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansas Natural Resource Commission, Ozarks Water Watch, and University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.

The “West Fork White River Watershed Initiative” will help ensure good quality water flows in the river and enhance the source of drinking water for Northwest Arkansas. The region is growing at about 1,000 people per month and in 2015 exceeded the half a million mark, according to the Northwest Arkansas Council.

The RCPP promotes innovative projects that integrate multiple conservation approaches to work on a common resource issue, such as maintaining water quality through stream restoration and conservation practice application. The competitive grant process takes a great deal of work on the part of partners. Leading experts in watershed planning and river restoration, the WCRC built on previous watershed assessments and planning to develop an innovative proposal that addresses river instability and reduces sediment and phosphorus loadings to streams, while restoring the local ecology.  The WCRC proposal was one of 265 applications submitted throughout the United States and was one of 84 selected.

Sandi Formica, executive director of the WCRC located in Fayetteville, states: “In addition to quantifying reductions in sediment and phosphorus loadings through BMP implementation and river restoration, the commitments from all of the partners made our proposal strong and these commitments are essential for long-term success in protecting our natural resources and our excellent quality of life in NW Arkansas.”

The WCRC will be responsible for river assessment and restoration work and will be the central organization managing funds and implementation. The Beaver Watershed Alliance will work closely with landowners who want to implement BMPs on their agricultural lands.

“This funding award indicates the great importance of water resources in Northwest Arkansas,” Formica said. “The funding will enable us to restore up to two miles of the West Fork White River, which means less sediment enters the West Fork from erosion and less ends up in Beaver Lake.”

Other outcomes of the project will include an environmental assessment of the West Fork Watershed; up to 21,000 feet of riparian vegetation restoration; the creation of 150 conservation and forest management plans; the implementation of up to 300 BMPs on area farms; and the creation of five “perpetual” conservation easements.

“These project outcomes are consistent with the goals of the 2012 Beaver Lake Watershed Protection Strategy and are within the highest priority watershed we have,” said Dr. Robert Morgan, manager of environmental quality for Beaver Water District (BWD). BWD supplies drinking water to the four major cities in NW Arkansas. Those cities resell the water to their customers.

“This is the type of partnership, effort, and funding magnitude that will be necessary over the next few decades in order to maintain water quality of Beaver Lake and the integrity of its watershed,” said John Pennington, executive director of the Beaver Watershed Alliance.

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Public Invited to Celebrate Drinking Water Week at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27th

2016 BWD PressFlyerAmy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District (BWD), today announced a Drinking Water Week Press Conference to be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27th at BWD offices and Water Education Center, 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR. National Drinking Water Week is May 1-7. The news conference will focus on BWD’s updated campaign: It’s Easy … Just Turn the Handle! The business community stepped forward to assist in the making of a 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) about the value of water to the economy and quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. Representatives from AT&T; Watkins, Boyer, Gray & Curry, PLLC; and Rockline Industries shared their comments on-screen. Additionally, the diversity of Northwest Arkansas is reflected in a PSA featuring local personality Papa Rap (Al Lopez). This PSA includes a lively bilingual musical jingle and message about the value of water to area citizens.

The public and media are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served and business leaders and members of our diverse community who served as talent or supporters for PSAs, including leaders from OneCommunity Foundation, will be in attendance.

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. To view the PSAs, link to our YouTube channel from the website.

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Board Meeting — April 21, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, April 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 — Strategic Plan Metrics Dashboard and Report
4. Presentation — Corrosivity in Water — Flint, Michigan
5. Presentation — Sustainable Funding for BWD Source Water Protection Program
6. Presentation — Drinking Water Week Kickoff and Public Service Announcements
7. Other Business
* Retirement — Lenny Millar, Maintenance Supervisor — May 12, 2016
* Promotion — Frank Blowers, Maintenance Supervisor — May 5, 2016

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Beaver Water District’s Dr. Robert Morgan of NW AR Nationally Recognized

Dr. Morgan Recognized with OASIS Award with ChihoOn March 8, Dr. Chi Ho Sham of The Cadmus Group (left) presented Dr. Robert Morgan of Beaver Water District (BWD) with the 2016 OASIS Award, which recognizes the outstanding volunteer in the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA’s) Water Resources Sustainability Division. Dr. Morgan received the award during the Sustainable Water Management Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.
“This recognition is very well deserved,” said Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO, of BWD, who brought Dr. Morgan on board with BWD over a decade ago. “Dr. Morgan has an amazing energy that he devotes to his endeavors. He loves water, he loves his profession, and it shows. BWD is proud that he works for us.” The award is given based on an individual’s contribution, initiatives and dedication to the work of the AWWA Water Resource Sustainability Division.

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.

Protecting Drinking Water through Healthy Forests
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 17, 2016)

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) hosted a special session at the 2016 Sustainable Water Management Conference to highlight the important role that forests play in protecting drinking water. “Seeing Green: Improving Water Quality and Quantity through Forestry” featured six speakers who highlighted case studies, new opportunities, and successful strategies from across the country. The session was held Wednesday morning, March 9, 2016, in Providence, Rhode Island.

“An estimated two out of three Americans drink water that originates in a forest” said Peter Stangel, the Endowment’s Senior Vice President and session organizer. “Retaining working forests in watersheds, enhancing the health of these woodlands, and creating mechanisms to compensate land owners for providing abundant, clean water is a priority for the Endowment.”

Robert Morgan, of the Beaver Water District in Northwest Arkansas, opened the session with results from a new study supported by the Endowment and the American Water Works Association. Morgan and his co-authors sought to help clarify the relationship between forest cover and the cost of chemicals used to treat raw water. Although there are many variables, the research suggests small but significant savings associated with cleaner water that flows from forested watersheds relative to other cover types.

Laurel Jackson, of the Portland Water District (Maine), emphasized the critical role that healthy forests play in maintaining exceptional quality in Sebago Lake, their water supply. This allows their District to operate under an exemption to the filtration requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, a status that avoids treatment enhancements that could total $50 million in capital costs. The water district partners with local land trusts to help finance conservation easements for private landowners who wish to protect their land and forests for the future.

Jonathan Yeo, with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, noted that his agency owns and manages more than 22,000 acres of forestland in their watershed. They face many of the same challenges that all forest owners do—invasive pests, public perceptions about timber harvest, and climate change—but they find the benefits to their water supply far outweigh these concerns.

Jerome Ryan, of Conservation Forestry, a conservation-focused Timber Investment Management Organization, discussed several opportunities for forest owners to increase water supply by reducing tree density. In areas where water demand exceeds supply, forest owners might be able to generate income by selling water produced on their lands, as well as continuing sustainable forestry operations.

Katie Henderson, of the Water Research Foundation, and Lynn Williams Stephens, of the consulting firm Brown Caldwell, presented results from a workshop held in San Francisco in 2015. The event brought together more than 40 water and forestry experts to chart a course for future research priorities. Integrating watershed protection into traditional utility Asset Management Plans, assessing the risk-avoidance benefits to watershed protection, and clarifying the triple bottom-line value of forested watersheds to utilities and communities are considered priorities. The workshop was sponsored by the Water Research Foundation and the Endowment. #

For more information contact:
Peter Stangel, Senior Vice President, 404-915-2763, peter@usendowment
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities – www.usendowment.org

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Board Meeting — March 17, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Report — Leadership Development Program Graduation
4. Presentation — Asset Management Program
5. Presentation — Public Education and Outreach Programs
6. Other Business

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