Monthly Archives: April 2012

Volunteers Needed for Cleanup May 19th

The 7th annual West Fork Watershed Cleanup will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Riverside Park, located off state Hwy. 170 in quaint downtown West Fork. Volunteers will check in from 8-9:30 a.m. at the park, then fan out to stations along the river and clean up targeted areas. Volunteers are then invited to enjoy a burrito buffet beginning at 11 a.m. Download a flyer here.

Volunteers are needed and may pre-register by calling 479-422-1014 or 479-225-1611. Volunteers also may show up that day and register on-site.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cleanup participants will be supplied with trash bags, maps to cleanup locations, gloves, and reusable water bottles filled with chilled tap water. All volunteers will be required to sign up and complete liability forms. Sites on the cleanup list include Riverside Park, Baptist Ford, Dye Creek Road, Woolsey Bridge, Brentwood Mountain Road, and the Winslow Ballpark.

“The West Fork of the White River flows into Beaver Lake,” said Nicole Hardiman, who works for the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, one of the event sponsors. “Beaver Lake is our drinking water, so we gather annually to clean up the West Fork and build awareness about our precious water resources.”

Mayor Frances Hime has been volunteering for the cleanup for several years, and she’s proud to be there once again.

“When we clean up the West Fork River and its watershed, we are protecting our source of safe drinking water and caretaking wildlife habitat,” Hime said. “We love rallying the troops to help with this task. We want everyone to come out and enjoy beautiful Riverside Park in West Fork and help us with the cleanup.”

As in years past, the event is being coordinated by the West Fork Watershed Alliance. Sponsors and partners also include Arkansas Stream Team, Arkansas Canoe Club, Arvest Bank, Beaver Water District, City of West Fork, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Tyson Foods, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Washington County Environmental Affairs, the Watershed Conservation Resource Center, Audubon Arkansas, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Ozark Natural Foods, Sam’s Club, and West Fork Cafe.

Rain Garden Installations This Week!

GREAT opportunity for Video, Photos & Interviews: Two Rain Garden Plantings in Next Two Days! 1- 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ Recycle Center, 141 Campbell Ave., West Fork AR. 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ Sonora Elementary School, 20200 Sonora Road, Springdale, AR. Why: To address storm water that pollutes the West Fork and Beaver Lake.

Volunteers will be planting rain gardens in the Beaver Lake Watershed. Gardens are funded through mini-grants for public and quasi-public institutions provided by the Rain Garden Project, which is supported by a 319 Grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Stormwater is the number one pollutant of our nation’s waterways. Rain gardens are a solution. These two rain gardens help protect Beaver Lake, which is the drinking water source for 1 in 7 Arkansans. Rain gardens allow storm runoff to infiltrate into the earth. That means surplus runoff caused by impervious surfaces is reduced. Also, plants and soil bacteria treat pollutants that the runoff has picked up as it flows across pavements or heavily fertilized lawns. Beaver Water District and the Illinois River Watershed Partnership are partners in the Rain Garden Grant Project. Becky Roark is the project’s Rain Garden Specialist. For information about the project and grants to install rain gardens in the Beaver Lake Watershed and the Illinois River Watershed, contact Roark at 479-215-6623. The goal of the project is to install 60 rain gardens in three years and to train more than 300 people how to install rain gardens. Link here for information.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. Our 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.

How To Build a Floating Wetland-May 5, 2012

Registrations are being taken now for “How to Build a Floating Wetland,” to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5th, at Lake Fayetteville Environmental Study Center in Fayetteville. Registration is $20 per person and lunch is provided. Attendees will help build and install a floating wetland at Lake Fayetteville and receive a materials list for building floating wetlands.  A floating wetland, which floats on the surface of a body of water, brings wetland functions and values to reservoirs, ponds, lagoons, and other surface water bodies where those functions are not present or are inadequate. Instructors will be Dr. Steve Patterson, Restoration Ecologist with Bio x Design, and Dr. Bob Morgan, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District. Sponsors of the event include the Beaver Water District, Ozarks Water Watch, Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership, Illinois River Watershed Partnership, the City of Fayetteville, the Beaver Watershed Alliance, and Bio x Design. Download a flyer here and link to online registration. Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas.

Board Meeting-April 19, 2012

Beaver Water District’s board will meet at noon Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Beaver Water District, 301 N. Primrose Road, in Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Presentation – Monte Ne at Beaver Lake Camp Resort – Final NPDES Permit
  4. Presentation – Rain Garden Academy
  5. Presentation – Source Water Protection Program Update
  6. Other Business
    • New BWD Website
    • LID Signage – Administration Center Grounds 

 

Volunteers Sought for Spring Planting on April 14th

Volunteers are needed for Spring Planting at the White River Streambank Stabilization Project, which will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14th, off Wyman Road in Fayetteville. Sponsors of the event include the city of Fayetteville, the Watershed Conservation Resource Center, CH2M Hill, the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Beaver Water District, and Beaver Watershed Alliance. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs to enhance the new project. Snacks and drinks will be provided.  For directions and more information, call Lori Linn at 444-1916 or download this flyer.

 “We’re excited about this project,” said Sandi Formica of the Watershed Conservation Resource Center. “The heavy construction phase was completed just before the late March storm event that produced over 3.5 inches of rain. Without the construction, the streambank very likely would have eroded at least six to 10 feet. To help ensure long-term success of the project, we’re now planting the site with native vegetation. The planting day is a good opportunity for volunteers to see the project and help make it a success.” 

In partnership with the City of Fayetteville, the Watershed Conservation Resource Center received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 319 grant through the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission to stabilize a 16-foot high “cut bank” that was more than 500 feet long on the White River. The streambank was eroding an average of five to 10 feet per year. The eroding streambank was contributing significant loads of sediment and phosphorus to the White River, which can impact the water quality of Beaver Lake. In addition, over the years the city of Fayetteville has been losing acres of riparian and pasture to the streambank erosion. A natural channel design approach was used to develop a restoration design, and the project was constructed during February and March of this year. Site finishing work, which includes planting the newly constructed streambank, will be completed by May of this year.    

            The Watershed Conservation Resource Center is a non-profit organization that strives to protect, conserve, and restore natural resources by utilizing the watershed approach, environmental outreach, and providing planning and technical assistance to landowners, communities, and government. Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. Visit bwdh2o.org.