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Board Meeting – March 16, 2017

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, March 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 – Status of Surge Tank Project for Fayetteville Transmission Line
4. Report – Annual Beaver Lake Water Quality Report
5. Presentation – Public Outreach Annual Report and New Campaign
6. Other Business
• Legislative Update
• Recognition of Retirement – Robert Morgan, PhD., P.E.

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City of Bentonville Earns Best Tasting Drinking Water Award

The City of Bentonville took first place for best tasting drinking water on March 8th at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers during the monthly meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA). Rogers Water Utilities took second place, in a runoff second round of tasting. Other competitors included Beaver Water District, Holiday Island, and Springdale Water Utilities. The City of Bentonville will now compete for the statewide award during the 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition of AWW&WEA, which will be held April 30-May 3 in Hot Springs. (From left) Derek Hall of Village Writing School, Donna Roche of O.R. Colan Associates, and Sally Jones of The Jones Center served as judges. They evaluated and scored water samples on clarity, color, odor, and taste. Jesse Burch, Chair of the NW District AWW&WEA (Beaver Water District), emceed the event. Brad Stewart, Secretary/Treasurer (Springdale Water Utilities), and Nathan Hooper, Vice Chair (Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority) assisted with the event. The Northwest District of the AWW&WEA was formed in 1950. Its mission 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 water professions. Monthly meetings are held in various cities throughout the 10-county district in Northwest Arkansas. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information. Additional information: Past winners include Rogers (2016), Prairie Grove (2015), Beaver Water District (2014), and Rogers (2013).

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Beaver Water District Staff Appointed to Serve on American Water Works Association Division & Council

Bill HagenBurger of Rogers, Plant Engineer for Beaver Water District (BWD), received an at-large appointment to the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Engineering and Construction Division. In other news, Dr. Robert Morgan of Springdale, outgoing Manager of Environmental Quality, was appointed to a three-year term on AWWA’s Technical & Educational Council. BWD supports continuing education for its staff and participation in professional water/wastewater organizations.

HagenBurger joined BWD in 2001. He has a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, 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. 

Morgan joined Beaver Water District in 2004 and will be retiring in April of this year. He earned his Doctorate in Engineering (2007), Master of Science in Civil Engineering (2003), and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (1973) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas. Morgan also is adjunct faculty in the Biological Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas. He has authored publications on nonpoint source pollution, watershed management and stream restoration and a textbook on ecological engineering design. Morgan holds a Grade IV water treatment license.

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.

AWWA, established in 1881, is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life. Visit http://www.awwa.org for more information.

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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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