KELLOGG AWARD GOES TO ALAN FORTENBERRY CEO BEAVER WATER DISTRICT
Hot Springs, Ark. – Alan Fortenberry, Chief Executive Officer for Beaver Water District (BWD) serving Northwest Arkansas, has been honored with induction into the prestigious Glen T. Kellogg Water & Wastewater Hall of Fame. The presentation was made at the annual Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA) awards dinner in Hot Springs on April 30.
Fortenberry has had one of the more varied careers in the water industry of any recipient ever chosen for this award. With over 40 years of experience in this industry, he has worked on the state agency regulatory side, the private consulting engineering side, and for the past 22 years has been an important member of the water community working on the public utility side of this profession.
In 1972, he graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering. Out of college he went to work for what is now referred to as the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission (ANRC) which was Arkansas Soil and Water Commission at the time. Fortenberry worked for ANRC for the next eight years, and achieved his master’s degree in 1977 in Sanitary Engineering while working for the state of Arkansas. He worked his way up to an engineering supervisor and was highly involved in the development of the State Water Plan, dam safety programs, watershed planning, and the administration of state funding programs. He worked for the ANRC until 1980.
At that time he made the decision to test the consulting waters, and for the next 10 years he worked for the private consulting firm McGoodwin, Williams, and Yates (MWY) in Fayetteville Arkansas. While at MWY he worked on many design and construction projects that involved wastewater treatment facilities, water treatment facilities, distribution systems, collection systems, as well as master water planning and evaluations for many utilities and cities in Arkansas.
In 1991, Alan began his career at the Beaver Water District as the facilities Plant Engineer. While in that position he provided oversight for major expansion projects and was involved in the design and construction of multiple project that were related to modifications to existing facilities. He also supervised the lab department and developed the facilities safety program while in that capacity. In 2001, Richard Starr, a 1996 recipient of the Kellogg Award, made the decision to retire and Alan was chosen as his replacement as Chief Executive Officer of Beaver Water District.
Fortenberry was the AWW&WEA chairman in 2002. He was appointed and then reappointed, through the end of 2013, to the Arkansas Board of Health by Governor Mike Beebe and served as the board president in 2010. He served on the Northwest Arkansas Council as well as the Northwest Arkansas Planning Commission. He has served on the board of Ozarks Water Watch, as well as too many committees to list within AWW&WEA, Arkansas Water and Wastewater Managers Association, and the Southwest Section of the American Waterworks Association (AWWA). He was a SW Section Chair, and has chaired the source water protection advisory workgroup for AWWA, and was on the AWWA Water Utility Council.
He was named manager of the year by the Arkansas Water and Wastewater Managers Association in 2006. In 2007 he was named distinguished alumni by the University of Arkansas College of Engineering. In 2007, he was presented the AWWA George Warren Fuller Award, which is a national award, established in 1937, that recognizes AWWA members for distinguished service to the water industry. In 2010, the SW Section AWWA awarded Fortenberry the Glen T. Kellogg Leadership Award.
WATER MANAGER OF YEAR – STACY CHEEVERS OF BEAVER WATER DISTRICT
Hot Springs, Ark. – Stacy Cheevers, plant manager for Beaver Water District (BWD) serving Northwest Arkansas, was recently named Water Manager of the Year during the annual Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA) water awards luncheon in Hot Springs.
Cheevers joined BWD in 1991 and has been involved in the operation and maintenance of the district’s Joe M. Steele and Hardy Croxton treatment plants. He currently serves as the overall plant manager for which he manages a staff of 31 in the areas of operations, maintenance, and electrical/instrumentation departments. Cheevers is responsible for submitting a yearly budget, coordination of in-house projects, overseeing water treatment procedures, and ensuring water quality requirements are met or exceeded at all times.
Among his achievements with the district, he assisted in the design of the 140 million gallon a day (MGD) intake and 60 MGD water treatment plant expansion including a solids treatment facility. He also coordinated an engineering contract for the addition of a new 13.2 kilovolt switching station and replacement of 12, 000 feet of 13.2 kilovolt distribution line, as well as the installation of two. 1,000-horsepower raw water and one 500-horsepower high service pumps.
Cheevers holds both Grade IV Water Operators Treatment and Distribution licenses and a master electrician license in the state of Arkansas. Among his other personal achievements, Cheevers was named the 2008 Agriculture Leader of the Year, 2005 Water Operator of the Year, 2005 Grower (poultry) of the year and his family was the 2008 Washington County Farm Family of the Year.