Monthly Archives: March 2014

Beaver Water District Earns Best Drinking Water Award

Beaver Water District took home the award for best tasting drinking water on March 12th in Rogers during the monthly meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA). Prairie Grove Water Department took second place, Rogers Water Utilities took third place, and Bella Vista Water took fourth place. Beaver Water District will now compete for the statewide award during the 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition of the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association, which will be held April 27-30 in Hot Springs.

Judges for the competition were Becky Roark, Illinois River Watershed Partnership; Courtney Thomas, Beaver Watershed Alliance; Derrel Smith, Rogers City Planner; and Jackie Chesnutt, Minister for the Southside Church of Christ, Rogers.

The Northwest District of the AWW&WEA was formed in 1950. Its mission is to encourage the education and licensing of its members in the field of water and wastewater systems, and to provide a venue by which the members can share information, obtain training, and improve the overall standing of our profession within the communities. Monthly meetings are held in various cities throughout the 10-county District in Northwest Arkansas. Visit for more information.

Board Meeting — March 20, 2014

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.


1. Meeting Call to Order 2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting 3. Report — Strategic Plan Dashboard 4. Recognition — Leadership Development Program Graduates 5. Discussion — Succession Planning 6. Other Business • Article — Water System Operator featuring Stacy Cheevers & the District • Status — ADEQ Regulation No. 2 • Status — Fayetteville Magnetic Flow Meter Installation • 2013 Year-End Public Affairs Report

Brad Hufhines Earns NALMS Lake Manager Certification

Brad Hufhines of Combs, an Environmental Technician with Beaver Water District based in Lowell, has been named a Certified Lake Manager (CLM) by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). By satisfying the NALMS requirements, CLMs establish themselves as knowledgeable and experienced experts of waterbody management.

Hufhines has a B.S. in Animal Science and a M.S. in Crop, Soil, Environmental Sciences, both from the University of Arkansas. He has worked for Beaver Water District since 2004, when he joined the drinking water treatment utility as a laboratory technician. In 2007, he was promoted to his current position. Hufhines is responsible for the development and implementation of many of the new and existing water quality programs for Beaver Lake. Beaver Lake is the source of drinking water for about 420,000 Northwest Arkansas residents.

The mission of NALMS is to promote better understanding of lakes, ponds, reservoirs, impoundments and their watersheds as ecological units. NALMS promotes the exchange of information about lake management through public awareness and support. Beaver Water District supplies drinking water from its abundant storage in Beaver Lake to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities then resell the water to nearby towns and communities. 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 more information, visit

District Employees Graduate From Leadership Program

030414 Beaver Water District Leadership Class Graduates-1st GroupEmployees who participated in Beaver Water District’s inaugural Leadership Program celebrated with a luncheon on March 4, 2014.

The graduates are (front row, from left) Damon Hoops of West Fork (Electrician), Ray Avery of Fayetteville (Environmental Engineer), Jesse Burch of Bella Vista (Plant Operator II), Mike Smart of Rogers (Plant Operator II), Brad Hufhines of Combs (Environmental Technician), and (back row, from left) Kevin Oxford of Garfield (Maintenance Mechanic II), Scott Holloway of Springdale (Solids Operator II), Kayla Mhoon of Fayetteville (Executive Assistant), Danny Dearing of Farmington (Engineering Technician), and Cary Davis of Bentonville (Maintenance Mechanic II).

“We are very proud of this group of employees for their dedication and hard work over this two-year period to enhance their leadership skills,” said Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., Chief Executive Officer of Beaver Water District.

Beaver Water District established the Leadership Development Program in 2012. The purpose is to provide leadership training opportunities for selected employees. One of the benefits of the two-year program is that it creates a pool of potential candidates for supervisory positions. The program also gives participants additional training, skills, and knowledge to enhance their abilities and performance in their current positions. Sessions and discussion topics include the history of Beaver Water District, strategic planning, public outreach, job shadowing and cross training, ethical leadership, legal issues and people management, and community and industry involvement.

Participants are required to attend two Beaver Water District board meetings and successfully complete Toastmasters International Competent Communicator training. Additionally, they have required reading and manuals they must review, as well as computer skills training to complete.

Register for Rain Garden Academy in Huntsville

If you are interested in building a beautiful, easy-to-maintain rain garden but aren’t sure how to go about it, then you will want to attend the Rain Garden Academy hosted by Beaver Water District and the Illinois River Watershed Partnership from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 11th, at Carroll Electric, 5056 Hwy. 412 B, Huntsville, AR.

The academy includes hands-on experience building a rain garden, a Low Impact Development Manual, and lunch. The cost is $25 per person and $15 for students. Pre-registration is required. Participants may register on line at The workshop is designed for homeowners, commercial developers, gardeners, nursery owners, landscapers and personnel who work for city, state, and county government, parks departments and anyone who wants to know more about rain gardens or connect with others who want to build and maintain rain gardens.

Rain gardens keep rain where it falls so that nature has a chance to filter pollutants from storm runoff. Additionally, they provide habitat for wildlife and are low maintenance and easy to manage, once they are established. Oftentimes, a rain garden performs better than a standard lawn when it comes to absorbing stormwater runoff.

“I planted a small rain garden in my front yard about five years ago,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. “It’s planted primarily with native plants that thrive in all kinds of weather. It’s attractive and easy to maintain. On top of that, I solved a water runoff problem where I had soil and pollutants washing off my property. Now the water slows down and soaks into the ground. It’s so satisfying to know that my rain garden is contributing to good water quality for the larger community.”

Becky Roark, IRWP Rain Garden Resource Specialist, agrees. “Storm water is the number one pollutant in our nation’s waterways and rain gardens are a solution,” she said. “We’ve been working hard for almost three years to teach people how to put in rain gardens. We want people to realize that rain gardens are a cost efficient way to manage wet weather and reduce storm water pollution.”

The Northwest Arkansas Rain Garden Project began on July 1, 2011, when the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded two grants totaling $350,000 to build rain gardens to improve water quality. Beaver Water District was awarded $139,000 and the Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) received $211,000 to build rain gardens in Northwest Arkansas – in the Beaver Lake Watershed and the Illinois River Watershed.

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership is a diverse group of men and women who work to improve the water quality of the Illinois River. Visit Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. Visit