Beaver Water District works with many partners to conduct research on Beaver Lake and its watershed. “Constituent Concentrations, Loads, and Yields to Beaver Lake, Arkansas, Water Years 1999–2008” was prepared by the U.S. Geological Survery (USGS) in cooperation with Beaver Water District. (Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5181 was published by the U.S. Department of the Interior & USGS.) Susan E. Bolyard, Jeanne L. De Lanois, and W. Reed Green conducted the research and authored the report.
The report’s purpose is “to describe constituent concentrations, flow-weighted concentrations, loads, and yields to Beaver Lake for White River, Richland Creek, and War Eagle Creek for the study period, water years 1999–2008. … Beaver Lake is affected by point and non-point sources of nutrients, sediment, and pathogens. The city of Fayetteville discharges about one-half of its treated sewage effluent into the White River immediately upstream from the backwater of the reservoir—however, the discharge is located downstream from the station where the sample was collected (USGS sta¬tion 07048600). The city of West Fork discharges its treated sewage effluent into the West Fork of the White River, and the city of Huntsville discharges treated sewage effluent into a tributary of War Eagle Creek. Nutrients, sediment, pathogenic bacteria, and other constituents unrelated to municipal wastewater also can enter Beaver Lake through its tributaries and around its shoreline. … The principal agricultural activity in the area is poultry production and secondarily, cattle production. As a result of all these factors, there is substantial concern about the current and future water quality of Beaver Lake.” To review the report, please download it below.