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Beaver Lake Photography Winners Recognized

Melissa Estes, 16, of Cave Springs, Ark., took 1st place in the 4H Division of the 2015 Beaver Lake Photo Contest. Estes is the daughter of Dana and Michael Estes. Haleigh Jernigan, 9, of Bella Vista, daughter of Alisha Jernigan, took 2nd place. The contest was held for the sixth year in conjunction with the 10th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake and the Benton County Fair. Estes has been competing in the contest for several years. Previously, she took 2nd place in the 2011 competition and 1st place in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 competitions. She received recognition and a cash prize, and her photo was displayed at Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Aug. 15th during Secchi Day. Her photo also is featured on the Beaver Water District’s Facebook page and will be published in the fall 2015 issue of the District’s quarterly newsletter, The Source.

Melissa Estes photo (left) won first place and Haleigh Jernigan’s photo won 2nd place.


Melissa Estes 1st place winner-resized for large document Haleigh Jernigan 2nd place winner-resized for large document

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Board Meeting – August 27, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, August 27, 2015, 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 State Water Plan
4. Recommendation — Land Purchase – Seimens 5.0 Acres
5. Recommendation — Change Order No. 1 — Cummins Mid-South
6. Recommendation — FY 2016 Budget
7. Other Business
– U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — Correspondence RE: Beaver lake drawdowns

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Winner of Kayak Announced, 19 Teams Recognized at 10th Annual Secchi Day

IMG_5910Patsy Boynton of Bella Vista, at right, is shown as she is announced by Dan Skoff, KNWA Chief Meteorologist and event emcee, as the winner of a drawing for a Kayak donated by Cabela’s at the 10th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake held August 15. The water sampling and Water Festival Day was attended by more than 500 who enjoyed the many exhibits, food, and activities that are part of this free annual event.

19 Sampling Teams Recognized at Annual Event

For the past 10 years, scores of volunteers have committed to gather clarity readings and water samples at the same time on a Saturday morning in August on Beaver Lake. This is a big commitment! These individuals donate their time and their boats and funding for gas to help Beaver Water District and our partners pull together data that relates to the water quality in Beaver Lake, the drinking water source for one in seven Arkansans. The annual event is known as Secchi Day on Beaver Lake. The 10th annual sampling event and water science education festival occurred on Aug. 15th. This year, 19 teams of volunteers who have helped with sampling for five or more of the 10 years received certificates of recognition signed by Alan D. Fortenberry, CEO of Beaver Water District. The individuals/organizations recognized were: Ken Abrams, Tami Arend, Colin Massey, Dave Boyer, Chuck Bushong, Association for Beaver Lake Environment, Dallas & Dee Drda, Stephen & Sara Evans, Donna & Sandy Hamilton, Sean Harper, Bob Klein, Robert Lewis, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Operations Management International, Inc., Flip Putthoff, U.S. Geological Survey, Doug Wagley, David Waldrup and Jim Wimberly.

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10th Annual Secchi Day is Aug. 15th-Bring the Family!

Looking for some low-cost family fun at Beaver Lake this summer? Well, look no farther! Just head out to Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Beaver Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15th! Join in the fun that’s planned for the 10th anniversary of Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, a free water appreciation science festival for all ages. If you’ve never been there, this is the perfect time to go. It’s easy to find – just plug the address 9300 N. Park Road, Rogers, AR into your GPS — and you’ll travel just a few miles east of Rogers off of Highway 12 in beautiful Northwest Arkansas to arrive at this beautiful park on the lake.

Once there, you can visit the mobile aquarium, test drive a kayak, participate in the scavenger hunt and win door prizes, use a microscope, interact with live reptiles, make your own water testing device to take home, make it rain on the watershed, and see how water flows impact water quality in the lake. The emcee of events is Dan Skoff, Chief Meteorologist for KNWA/Fox 24, along with Dr. Bob Morgan, manager of environmental quality for Beaver Water District. They will be welcoming volunteer teams who will turn in water samples and water clarity readings that will be entered on the “Great Wall of Secchi” tote board throughout the event.

“This is the 10th year we’ve held this event,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. “We’ve worked hard to develop a core group of lake volunteers who are collecting samples while also welcoming the general public to our free event that focuses on the importance of Beaver Lake to the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. In addition to door prizes, we’ll have hot dogs, ice cream and other snacks available. We care about this water. It’s the drinking water for one in seven Arkansans.”

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake 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, collect water samples and take Secchi disk readings. They bring their samples and clarity readings in to shore where Skoff and Morgan record them on the Great Wall with lots of fanfare, something along the lines of a weigh-in at a fishing tournament.

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, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, and the North American Lake Management Society are co-sponsors of Secchi Day on Beaver Lake. Harps Foods, Hiland Dairy, and Cook’s Natural Market make lunch and ice cream possible. Outdoor Cap donates caps and visors for volunteers. KNWA is television media sponsor this year. Other businesses contributing resources and in-kind donations for the event include Cabela’s, Hog Radio, La Zeta Radio, KUAF 91.3, and Commercial Audio Systems.

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

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Board Meeting — July 16, 2015

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Recommendations — Generator Project
* Award Construction Contract-Crossland Heavy Contractors
* Construction Management Services-Black & Veatch
4. Recommendation — Black & Veatch – Arc Flash Study
5. Presentation — Algae in Beaver Lake
6. Presentation — FY 2016 BWD Personnel Budget
7. Other Business
– 10th Annual Secchi Day-Saturday, August 15, 2015

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Governor Appoints Lloyd and Ward to Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel

Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Larry Lloyd P.E., BCEE of Fayetteville, and Heath Ward of Springdale as members of the Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel, for terms to expire on June 8, 2017.  Lloyd is Chief Operating Officer of Beaver Water District, which he joined in 2003. His 30 years of previous experience was in the consulting engineering business with firms in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Lloyd is a registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas and holds Grade IV water treatment and distribution licenses. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and his Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Arkansas. In October 2013, he received the prestigious George Warren Fuller Award from the Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association.  He currently serves as Chair of the SW Section AWWA Water Utility Council. Ward is Executive Director of Springdale Water Utilities, which he joined in 2013. Springdale Water provides safe and quality water and waste water treatment services for Springdale and also provides different levels of services for other client municipalities and communities. Prior to joining Springdale Water, Ward held various positions with Cargill over a 15-year period. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas.

(Left) Heath Ward of Springdale, Executive Director of Springdale Water Utilities, was sworn in for the Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel by Washington County Justice of the Peace Lisa Ecke. They are pictured here with portraits in the background of Harold Henson, Joe Steele, and Elmer Johnson, the original three water and sewer commissioners for Springdale when it became an independent commission after the water started coming from Beaver Water District. The late Joe Steele was highly instrumental in getting Beaver Lake created. (Right) Circuit Judge John Threet administered the oath to Larry Lloyd. Lloyd is Chief Operating Officer for Beaver Water District.

Heath Ward Sworn in for Nutrient Trading Panel IMG_2186

Larry being sworn in 2015

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SW Section AWWA/Beaver Water District Team Ties for 6th Place Overall in First “Top Ops” at National Water Works Competition

Frank Blowers Nicole Bridges and Dustin Mayhew Top Ops Team for SW Section at ACE 2015Lowell, Ark. — Accolades go out to the Southwest Section American Water Works Association’s Top Ops team. They tied for 6th place in North America among a field that included 19 teams on June 10th in Anaheim, Calif., during their first national competition. Team members (from left) Frank Blowers, Nicole Bridges and Dustin Mayhew all work for Beaver Water District (BWD). Blowers of Pea Ridge is a Maintenance Mechanic II, Bridges of Lowell is a Laboratory Analyst, and Mayhew of Springdale is a Plant Operator II. Combined, they bring together more than 30 years of experience in the water field to the Top Ops competition.

“The impressive thing to me is that they won two preliminary rounds, among three teams, and finished second in their other preliminary round. Excellent! I am very proud of their achievement,” said Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO of Beaver Water District.

Top Ops is the “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy!” of the water industry, where teams of water operators from all American Water Works Association (AWWA) sections compete against each other in a competitive question-and-answer tournament. A moderator poses a broad range of technical questions that involve all aspects of water operations, from basic science, public health and drinking water standards to water treatment plant operations and maintenance practices, water quality, water distribution practices, pumps and hydraulics, and laboratory procedures. Math questions are also included.

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

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July is Lakes Appreciation Month

Fast Facts:

  • Governor Hutchinson proclaims July 2015 as Lakes Appreciation Month in Arkansas
  • Lakes Appreciation Month is an international effort supported by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS)
  • Beaver Watershed Alliance, NALMS, and Beaver Water District invite the public to participate in Beaver Lake Appreciation Activities


July 2015 has been proclaimed by Governor Asa Hutchinson as Lakes Appreciation Month in Arkansas.   With over a half-million acres of reservoirs in Arkansas, summer is a great time to encourage all Arkansans to appreciate the lakes of our Natural State by participating in recreational activities such as swimming and boating, taking care of lakes, and enjoying the scenic beauty and benefits provided by them – including drinking water for much of the state.

In addition to Lakes Appreciation Month being a time to appreciate lakes, it is a time to think about where we would be without their water, and the threats facing lakes and reservoirs. These threats include population growth, development, and invasive plant and animal species that put stress on waterbodies. The importance of protecting these lakes and reservoirs for future generations is critical to our quality of life, communities, wildlife, and potential for future growth and economic development. “As one of the largest lakes in Arkansas, and our drinking water source in Northwest Arkansas, Beaver Lake is certainly worthy of our appreciation and protection, and I hope others will join us in doing so,” said John Pennington, Executive Director of the Beaver Watershed Alliance.  Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs at Beaver Water District, said, “Beaver Water District’s support of Lakes Appreciation Month is part of our ongoing tradition of 50 years of supplying water to much of Northwest Arkansas and working to ensure that it is safe to drink.”

Lakes Appreciation Month is a signature program of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) whose mission is to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow.  Specific goals of the society are to promote public awareness of lake ecosystems, encourage public support for national, state, and local programs promoting management of lakes and their watershed, and facilitate the exchange of information on the technical and administrative aspects of managing lakes and their watersheds.  According to Reed Green of the United States Geological Survey and Brad Hufhines of Beaver Water District, NALMS board members, “Water can no longer be taken for granted, and we cannot expect that our water resources will always be here and be usable unless we take care of them.”  To learn more about the national Lakes Appreciation program, visit, and to learn more about Lakes Appreciation Month activities taking place in the Beaver Lake Watershed or how you can be involved in helping protect water quality in the Beaver Lake Watershed, visit The Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA) was formed in 2011 to proactively protect, enhance, and sustain a high quality of drinking water in Beaver Lake and its watershed.

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Board Meeting — June 18, 2015

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes from previous regular meeting
3. Presentation — Leadership Development Program Update
4. Presentation — Recognition of BWD Staff Accomplishments
5. Presentation — Water Treatment Issues
6. Other Business
– Arkansas State Water Plan
– Electrical Generator Project
– Drinking Water Utilities/Forestry Industry Collaboration

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Godwin Receives Recognition as War Eagle Steward

2015_WEAD_Award_with_Stephens_DSC_7725Daniel Godwin, Assistant Superintendent of Withrow Springs State Park, proudly displays the 2015 War Eagle Creek Steward Award he received on May 30 for his dedication to the creek and to the coordination of War Eagle Appreciation Day (WEAD) over the past several years. Joining him (from left) are Jon Stein of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, War Eagle landowners and WEAD sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Stephens, Angela Danovi of Ozarks Water Watch, Dot Neely of Beaver Water District, Bryant Baker of Beaver Watershed Alliance, Donna and Kelly Mulhollan of Still on the Hill, and Sabrina Bowman of Beaver Water District.

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