Melissa Estes, 16, of Cave Springs, Ark., took 1st place in the 4H Division of the 2015 Beaver Lake Photo Contest. Estes is the daughter of Dana and Michael Estes. Haleigh Jernigan, 9, of Bella Vista, daughter of Alisha Jernigan, took 2nd place. The contest was held for the sixth year in conjunction with the 10th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake and the Benton County Fair. Estes has been competing in the contest for several years. Previously, she took 2nd place in the 2011 competition and 1st place in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 competitions. She received recognition and a cash prize, and her photo was displayed at Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Aug. 15th during Secchi Day. Her photo also is featured on the Beaver Water District’s Facebook page and will be published in the fall 2015 issue of the District’s quarterly newsletter, The Source.
Melissa Estes photo (left) won first place and Haleigh Jernigan’s photo won 2nd place.
Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.
1. Meeting Call to Order
2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
3. Presentation — Arkansas State Water Plan
4. Recommendation — Land Purchase – Seimens 5.0 Acres
5. Recommendation — Change Order No. 1 — Cummins Mid-South
6. Recommendation — FY 2016 Budget
7. Other Business
– U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — Correspondence RE: Beaver lake drawdowns
Patsy Boynton of Bella Vista, at right, is shown as she is announced by Dan Skoff, KNWA Chief Meteorologist and event emcee, as the winner of a drawing for a Kayak donated by Cabela’s at the 10th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake held August 15. The water sampling and Water Festival Day was attended by more than 500 who enjoyed the many exhibits, food, and activities that are part of this free annual event.
19 Sampling Teams Recognized at Annual Event
For the past 10 years, scores of volunteers have committed to gather clarity readings and water samples at the same time on a Saturday morning in August on Beaver Lake. This is a big commitment! These individuals donate their time and their boats and funding for gas to help Beaver Water District and our partners pull together data that relates to the water quality in Beaver Lake, the drinking water source for one in seven Arkansans. The annual event is known as Secchi Day on Beaver Lake. The 10th annual sampling event and water science education festival occurred on Aug. 15th. This year, 19 teams of volunteers who have helped with sampling for five or more of the 10 years received certificates of recognition signed by Alan D. Fortenberry, CEO of Beaver Water District. The individuals/organizations recognized were: Ken Abrams, Tami Arend, Colin Massey, Dave Boyer, Chuck Bushong, Association for Beaver Lake Environment, Dallas & Dee Drda, Stephen & Sara Evans, Donna & Sandy Hamilton, Sean Harper, Bob Klein, Robert Lewis, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Operations Management International, Inc., Flip Putthoff, U.S. Geological Survey, Doug Wagley, David Waldrup and Jim Wimberly.