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Secchi Day Event Schedule Update-Papa Rap Performance Added to Schedule

Popular local celebrity, Al “Papa Rap” Lopez has been added to the schedule for the 12th Annual Secchi Day taking place this Saturday, August 19. Papa Rap will perform several songs from his new CD on Water Fun Facts produced in conjunction with his work for Beaver Water District. View his new music video, We Must Take Care of Our Water. Papa will perform at 10:30 in the Amphitheater area at Prairie Creek Park. He will giving away a limited quantity of his new CD to families attending the Festival. As is his usual practice, Papa Rap will perform in both English and Spanish. He may be reached for information or interviews at 479.867.3600, or paparap@paparap.net.

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, a free science festival for all ages, has released the Schedule of Events for Saturday. Held at Prairie Creek Park on Beaver Lake at 9300 N. Park Road, just 5 miles east of Rogers, Ark., off of Hwy. 12, this event is in its 12th year! Join us! For more information, contact Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District at awilson@bwdh2o.org or link to http://www.bwdh2o.org/education-and-outreach/events/secchi-day/.

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Board Meeting – August 17, 2017

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, August 17, 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 – Financial Investments and Investment Policy
4. Recommendation – Citizens Water Academy
5. Recommendation – FY 2018 Budget
6. Other Business
* Secchi Day – August 19, 2017
* October BWD Board Meeting – Change of Meeting Date to Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Aug. 19th End of Summer Science Festival at Beaver Lake!-Free to Public

School is about to start but summer’s not over yet! Bring the entire family out to Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Beaver Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19thth to enjoy the 12th anniversary of Secchi Day, a free water appreciation science festival for all ages. The general public and the media are invited to attend. Just plug the address 9300 N. Park Road 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. Look for the temporary signage along the road that will help direct you to the event.

Once there, visit the mobile aquarium, test drive a stand-up paddle-board or kayak, participate in the scavenger hunt and win door prizes, make a water testing device to take home, use colors and templates to make iron-on water messages for T-shirts and other items, make it rain on the watershed, and see how water flows impact water quality in the lake. A new addition this year is the emphasis on engaging the entire community. All ages enjoy this event, which is ideal for scout troops, families, budding scientists, K-12 up to college students, retirees, residents of the lake and individuals from all over the area. About 550 people attend each year.

“We’ll also have mini-concerts and CD giveaways featuring Water Fun Facts with Papa Rap (visit http://www.paparap.net to listen to songs). Children will be making their own handmade shakers (percussion instruments) from plastic water bottles and singing along in English and Spanish to original water songs based on the companion coloring book. Each family will receive a free CD, coloring books and other items,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs. She added that the Marshallese community has been invited to table and show off traditional dance, while introducing some of their native culture and crafts. Northwest Arkansas has the largest population (12,000) living outside the Marshall Islands.

“It’s hard to believe we are in our 12th year,” said Wilson. “Our core group of lake volunteers (citizen scientists) collect water samples and get clarity (depth) readings at various pre-selected sites on the lake. The hands-on, lakeshore activities focuses on the importance of Beaver Lake to the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. In addition to door prizes and a grand prize kayak donated by Cabela’s, we’ll have healthy snacks in the morning, followed by lunch (with vegetarian choices) and frozen treats. Beaver Water District is leading the way to ensure our community cares about Beaver Lake and values this beautiful natural resource. After all, 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. Beaver Water District’s core partners who make Secchi Day a success include celebrity emcee Rick Katzfey, Meteorologist from KNWA, science experts, and volunteers associated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education, Hobbs State Park, Arkansas Master Naturalists, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, the North American Lake Management Society, and Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas. For information, email awilson@bwdh2o.org.

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Board Meeting – July 20, 2017

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, July 20, 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 – Lakes Appreciation Month
4. Recommendation – Staffing Issues / FY 2018 Personnel Budget
5. Other Business
• Carter House Demolition
• Secchi Day – Saturday, August 19, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 1:00p.m. – Prairie Creek Pavilion

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Burch Receives Professional Operators License; Top Ops Team Ranks 6th

Jesse Burch, Beaver Water District’s Operations Supervisor, received his Professional Operators License at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) annual meeting held in Philadelphia in June. Beaver Water District (BWD) supports continuing training and development of its employees. Safe, clean drinking water for our community depends on our dedicated & knowledgeable staff.

In other news, BWD’s team placed 6th overall in the Top Ops Challenge, which is the “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy!” of the water industry. The team members are Dustin Mayhew of Springdale, BWD Plant Operator; Frank Blowers of Siloam Springs, BWD Maintenance Supervisor; and Nikki Holloway of Lowell, BWD Laboratory Analyst. The competition was held during AWWA’s 2017 ACE convention, which drew more than 13,000 water professionals from around the world. This was BWD’s third time to compete in the International Competition.

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 – June 22, 2017

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, June 22, 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 – Partnership for Safe Water
4. Recommendation – Compensation Analysis
5. Other Business
• Recognition of Top Ops Team – National AWWA ACE Competition
• Tour – Pilot Plant

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Board Meeting – May 18, 2017

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Recommendation – Black & Veatch Agreement for Engineering Services – Solids Handling Facilities Design
4. Recommendation – FY 2018 Financial Plan Update
5. Other Business
• National Drinking Water Week
• April Turbidity Events
• Proposed Housing Development – 412 Bridge
• UA Southwest Experimental Fast Oxide Reactor (SEFOR) Issue
• Tour – Surge Tank for Fayetteville Transmission Line

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Public Invited to Celebrate Drinking Water Week: 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8th

Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District (BWD), today announced a Drinking Water Week Press Conference to be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8th, at BWD offices and Water Education Center, 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR. The press conference will kick off National Drinking Water Week. Woody Bassett, Beaver Water District board member, and Alan Fortenberry, CEO of BWD will officiate. Mayor Eldon Long of Lowell will be a featured speaker. BWD will showcase a new public education campaign that focuses on the team of water employees at BWD who “make your water clean and safe because we care.” Additionally, the four cities that buy the water from BWD—Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville — will be recognized with special appreciation, along with their employees. The cities distribute water to the broader community.

Clean, safe, economical and abundant drinking water provides value to the area in many ways. A couple of key points include the contribution to the health and welfare of our population, ready and available water for fire protection, and also the overall contribution to the economy and quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. New public service announcements (PSAs) will be debuted that include our partners, the four cities. The public and media are invited to attend. Expect refreshments and free educational items, such as bilingual coloring books, water bottles, grocery totes, Beaver Lake Watershed Maps and more.

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 – April 20, 2017

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, April 20, 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 – BWD 2016 Strategic Plan Metrics Dashboard
4. Report – Black & Veatch Solids Study
5. Report – McGoodwin, Williams & Yates – Technical Services Building and Solids Handling Building Projects
6. Presentation – UA Bio/Ag Engineering Senior Design Project
7. Other Business
• Legislative Update

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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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