Monthly Archives: June 2014

Huntsville High School Earns Steward Award

Kevin Shinn and Huntsville East Win 2014 Steward AwardThe annual War Eagle Steward Award was presented to Kevin Shinn of the Huntsville High School EAST program by Daniel Godwin, Assistant Superintendent of Withrow Springs State Park, on Saturday, June 7, during War Eagle Appreciation Day. Huntsville High School EAST students have conducted a litter cleanup along Town Branch in the City of Huntsville for the past seven years. Through this effort, they have removed thousands of pounds of trash from Town Branch Creek, a tributary of War Eagle Creek. The students generated approximately $84,000 of volunteer community service hours over the history of this event.

“Stewards of our water resources, such as the Huntsville EAST Program, truly deserve to be recognized for their efforts, leadership, and labor,” said John Pennington, Executive Director of the Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA). BWA nominated the program for the award.

Awards are presented each year during War Eagle Appreciation Day, a community-wide event held at Withrow Springs State Park. The daylong gathering includes a family friendly float with education stations, music and food, and activities focused on the environment and community. Award winners receive an attractive metal sign that bears the War Eagle logo and identifies the recipient as a War Eagle Creek Steward. The program promotes awareness of the impact that land owners, residents, business owners/operators and other community members have on the watershed and recognizes those who have worked hard to protect the War Eagle Creek watershed by in some way by making a significant contribution to the water quality of the War Eagle. War Eagle is a tributary to Beaver Lake, drinking water for one in seven Arkansans.

War Eagle Appreciation Day occurs the first Saturday in June each year. Event partners and sponsors for 2014 included the William Rufus Stephens Jr. Memorial Fund, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas State Parks (Withrow Springs State Park & Hobbs State Park), Arkansas Master Naturalists, Lewis & Clark, War Eagle Mill, Arkansas Canoe Club, Madison County Search and Rescue, Huntsville Fire Department, Madison County Solid Waste and Recycling, Madison County Record, KTHS Radio, Madison Coffee House, Wal-Mart, Ma and Pa’s Bent & Dent, Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma & Texas, Ozarks Water Watch, and Beaver Water District.

Board Meeting — June 19, 2014

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.


1. Meeting Call to Order 2. Approval of minutes of April 17, 2014 meeting and May 15, 2014 meeting 3. Recommendation — Reclassification of a Current Laboratory Position 4. Recommendation — FY 2015 Salary Structure Analysis 5. Presentation — B&V Status of Generator Study 6. Presentation — Knowledge Management Plan 7. Other Business * Leadership Development Program Update * “Once a River” CD * Quack Campaign

Beaver Water District Receives National Award

Utility is one of an Elite Group to Receive Honor 

Larry Lloyd in center receives Beaver Water Districts Directors Award of Recognition June 9 2014 at ACE in Boston[UPDATE] Beaver Water District received the “Directors Award of Recognition” from the Partnership for Safe Water on June 9th at a ceremony held in Boston during the annual meeting of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). AWWA is the largest and oldest worldwide organization dedicated to safe water. Larry Lloyd, COO of the District, was on hand to receive the award. To his left in the photo above is John Donahue, AWWA President, and to his right is Peter Grevatt, Director of the USEPA Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water.

[Earlier Post]  

Denver, Colo. – June 4, 2014 – Beaver Water District has received the “Directors Award of Recognition” from the Partnership for Safe Water, a program developed by AWWA, EPA, and associated Partner organizations, to guide water suppliers towards improving water quality by optimizing system operations. The Beaver Water District was presented this award for successfully completing the Self-Assessment and Peer Review phase of the Partnership program, a phase which includes comprehensive evaluation of treatment plant operations and performance, identification of performance limiting factors, and the development of action plans to achieve optimization. The plant will be one of a select group of utilities honored by the Partnership at the annual conference of the American Water Works Association, the largest and oldest worldwide organization dedicated to safe water.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Bill Watkins of Rogers, Ark., President of Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors. “The District’s goal is to always strive to optimize operations and improve the quality of water we deliver to our customers. The community in Northwest Arkansas counts on us to ensure the water we take from Beaver Lake and process for drinking is of the highest quality we can produce when it emerges from their taps. The achievement of this award is a great accomplishment and a credit to our dedicated staff. This award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to protecting public health now and for years to come.”

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. These cities then resell the water to surrounding 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

The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary self-assessment and optimization program for water treatment plant and distribution system operation. More than 250 utility subscribers, collectively serving more than 100 million people, are committed to the Partnership’s goals of providing safe, high-quality drinking water through achieving operational excellence in water treatment. Partnership members participate in a rigorous four-phase self-assessment and peer review process, developed by industry experts, and are recognized industry-wide for their commitment to delivering safe water to their communities.


The Partnership for Safe Water is an alliance of the American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of Water Companies, and the Water Research Foundation.