The public is invited to attend the 9th annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Prairie Creek Recreation Area, 9300 N. Park Road, Rogers. Prairie Creek is located just a few miles east of Rogers on Hwy. 12. This family friendly “science day at Beaver Lake” includes hands-on water science and ecology fun for all ages, as well as snacks, lunch and ice cream. For more information, visit Beaver Water District’s website at www.bwdh2o.org.
“We’ll have live fish and reptiles on site, as well as first-come first-serve pontoon boat rides beginning promptly at 9 a.m.,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. “Volunteer educators, Master Naturalists, and Master Gardeners will help participants with hands-on activities such as making bird feeders and water testing devices to take home. Door prizes will be offered in drawings for scavenger hunts and other competitions. We have activities for all ages, from the young to retirees. Everything is geared toward fostering appreciation for Beaver Lake, which insures quality of life for everyone in Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas.”
Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, organized by the District and nine partner organizations, 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, will collect water samples and take Secchi disk readings. They will bring their samples and clarity readings in to shore where they will be recorded with great fanfare and announced by celebrity emcee Dan Skoff, Chief Meteorologist for KNWA/Fox 24. (A few volunteers with boats may still be needed. Anyone with a boat who’s interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. This requires advance planning.)
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, and Ozarks Water Watch are co-sponsors of Secchi Day on Beaver Lake. Harps Food Stores, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, and other contributors will provide the free lunch. Television media sponsor this year will be KNWA. Outdoor Cap is donating caps and visors for volunteers. Rogers Optimist Club volunteers will be staffing the food tent.
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 bwdh2o.org.