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Beaver Water District Top Ops Team Places 5th In North America

062216 BWD Top Ops Team Placed 5th AWWA ACE - Dustin Mayhew-Frank Blowers-Nikki HollowayBeaver Water District (BWD) placed 5th in the North American Top Ops Challenge on June 22, 2016, in Chicago. The team members are Dustin Mayhew of Springdale, BWD Plant Operator; Frank Blowers of Pea Ridge, BWD Maintenance Supervisor; and Nikki Holloway of Lowell, BWD Laboratory Analyst. Combined, they bring together more than 30 years of experience in the water field to the Top Ops competition. This was the team’s second year in a row to compete in the competition. Top Ops is the “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy!” of the water industry. The competition was held during the American Water Works Association’s 2016 ACE convention, which drew more than 13,000 water professionals from around the world. The Top Ops Challenge is designed to promote excellence and professionalism and provide an opportunity for water professionals to showcase their talents in all aspects of water operations. Established in 1881, AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. For more information, visit awwa.org. Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas in Northwest Arkansas. 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.

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Joe Doster Receives 2016 War Eagle Creek Steward Award

Joe Doster on the left receives 2016 War Eagle Steward Award from Bryant Baker of BWA 060416Joe Doster (left) of Huntsville received this year’s War Eagle Creek Steward Award, sponsored by Beaver Water District (BWD), at War Eagle Appreciation Day held June 4th at Withrow Springs State Park in Huntsville, Ark. Bryant Baker of Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA) presented him with the award. Doster earned the recognition for his extensive work on establishing a new riparian buffer along nearly 1,500 feet of Town Branch and a small tributary on his 8.5 acre property in Huntsville. This buffer was created in partnership BWA. With the help of volunteers from the community, more than 350 trees were planted. This project will serve as a demonstration site for other landowners to learn about what riparian buffers are and how they can implement similar techniques on their own properties. As a retired teacher and former Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Program coordinator, Doster also hopes his property can be a place for students from Huntsville High School to carry out environmental research projects in the future. Students from the high school’s EAST Program have already been involved with planting the buffer and creating a database of each tree location using GIS tools. BWA was formed in 2011 to establish programming to maintain high quality drinking water in Beaver Lake and improve water quality on the Beaver Lake. For more information, visit www.beaverwatershedallinace.org. BWD supplies drinking water sourced from Beaver Lake to more than 300,000 people and industries in Northwest Arkansas. For additional information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

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Feed Communities & Beaver Water District Partner To Provide Hydration at Local Events

2016 05 27 BWD Partners with Feed Communities Ken Patterson_Dot Neely_Katie Rievert

(Photograph) Ken Patterson (left) and Katie Rievert (right) of Feed Communities pose with Dot Neely, BWD’s Education Coordinator. BWD is partnering with Feed Communities to provide water education and outreach to the community through the supply of refillable water bottles and two co-branded 5-gallon water coolers. These will be used to hydrate volunteers and others in the community as they attend and work on worthwhile projects in NW Arkansas.

Beaver Water District (BWD) and Feed Communities realize it’s not always convenient for members of the public to have access to clean, safe tap water in some settings. With that in mind, the two organizations have partnered to ensure that access if provided with two co-branded, portable water coolers, reusable water bottles, and educational information about clean drinking water in Northwest Arkansas.

“BWD is excited to work with Feed Communities to ensure folks have access to drinking water, refillable sports bottles, and education about water,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for BWD. “The more people know and understand about water and its contributions to public health, food production, economic stability and quality of life, the more they value it. BWD currently partners with Feed Communities through its publication Edible Ozarkansas. This effort will continue to expand both our organizations’ abilities to reach target communities in need together.”

Ken Patterson, Executive Director of Feed Communities, expressed thanks for the coolers, bottles and literature. “I agree with Amy. This is a win/win partnership for both BWD and Feed Communities. This will allow us to be better able to provide hydration in settings where it may not be readily available. Ensuring healthy food for everyone and access to clean water go hand in hand. This partnership aligns well with Feed Communities’ mission.”

Feed Communities is an incorporated 501(c)(3) organization founded with the vision of supporting and expanding local food systems as a means of facilitating durable solutions for food security. Currently, Feed Communities host a variety of programs including Farm to Preschool, Plant A Row, Cooking Classes, Community Gardens and Food Access Initiatives (partnered with UAMS NW), The Ozarkansas Tool Library, and Community Outreach Initiatives.

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 — June 16, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, June 16, 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 — Power Management
4. Other Business
* Employee Recognition — Dot Neely — 2015 James Bailey Education of the Year Award, Arkansas Water Environment Association
* Tour of Switching Station 1A Generators

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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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