Monthly Archives: August 2016

Dan Skoff Recognized for Service to Secchi Day

082016 Alan Fortenberry presents Recognition to Dan Skoff with Dr. Bob Morgan at Secchi Day on Beaver Lake(Northwest Arkansas) — Dan Skoff (center) poses with Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., CEO of Beaver Water District (BWD) to his left, and Dr. Robert Morgan, BWD’s Manager of Environmental Quality. Skoff received recognition for volunteerism during the annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake event, held on Aug. 20 at Prairie Creek Park at Beaver Lake in Rogers.

“We have a special presentation today and it involves a man who has had a passion for the weather ever since he was a young kid,” Fortenberry said, noting that Skoff decided to become a meteorologist at age 8 when a tornado came close to his home where he was raised in in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “We are honoring Dan today with a plaque to recognize the eight years he has served as volunteer emcee with Secchi Day. We also have a thank you card signed by lots of folks and a commemorative photo to present.”

Skoff attended the University of Oklahoma and achieved his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. He joined KNWA as the chief meteorologist in June 2006. He is a member of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. He also holds the prestigious AMS television Seal of Approval.

Beaver Lake is the water supply for one in seven Arkansans. Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. 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 information, visit bwdh2o.org.

Cydney Lipinski of Fayetteville draws ticket for Grand Prize at Secchi Day!

Winner of Kayak 2016(Northwest Arkansas) — KNWA Chief Meteorologist Dan Skoff (left) poses with Damon Lipinski of Fayetteville and children Cydney, 6 (who held the winning ticket and is sitting in the kayak), Bialy, 5, and Casimir, 9. The grand prize kayak was donated by Cabela’s to the 11th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, held on Aug. 20th. About 600 people attended the event, which involves citizen scientists taking clarity readings with a Secchi Disk measuring device and water samples for testing from Beaver Lake, as well as several hundred people and volunteers, many of whom enjoyed a host of hands-on educational and fun activities lakeside at Prairie Creek.

Beaver Water District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Hobbs State Park, Arkansas Master Naturalists, the Association for Beaver Lake Environment, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, the North American Lake Management Society, and Girl Scouts Diamonds are co-sponsors of Secchi Day on Beaver Lake. Harps Foods, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, and Golden Corral/Pleasant Grove Road made snacks, lunch and ice cream possible. Outdoor Cap donated Secchi Day commemorative caps and visors for everyone in attendance this year. Arkansas State Parks-Hobbs State Park donated a door prize (a stay at a state park) and the Arkansas-Missouri Railroad donated train tickets to the drawing. KNWA is the television media sponsor. Other businesses and organizations contributing resources and in-kind donations for the event included Hog Radio, La Zeta Radio, KUAF 91.3, KFSM, B-Scene Media, Univision Arkansas, Commercial Audio Systems, and the Rogers Optimist Club.

Beaver Lake is the water supply for one in seven Arkansans. Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. 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 information, visit bwdh2o.org.

Estes Takes 1st Place in Beaver Lake Photo Contest For Fifth Year in a Row!

1st Place 2016 Melissa EstesMelissa Estes, 17, of Cave Springs, Ark., took 1st place for the fifth year in a row in the 4H Division of the 2016 Beaver Lake Photo Contest. Estes is the daughter of Dana and Michael Estes. Justin Holmes-Smith, 17, of Pea Ridge, son of Kathleen Jones, took 2nd place. Haleigh Jernigan, 10, of Bella Vista, daughter of Shannon and Alisha Jernigan, took 3rd place. The contest was held for the seventh year in conjunction with the 11th 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, 2014 and 2015 competitions. She received recognition and a cash prize, and her photo was displayed at Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Aug. 20th during Secchi Day. Her photo also is featured on the Beaver Water District’s Facebook page and will be published in the fall 2016 issue of the District’s quarterly newsletter, The Source.

The 11th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake was held on Aug. 20th. About 600 people attended the event, which involves citizen scientists taking clarity readings with a Secchi Disk measuring device and water samples for testing from Beaver Lake, as well as several hundred people and volunteers, many of whom enjoyed a host of hands-on educational and fun activities lakeside at Prairie Creek.

Beaver Water District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Hobbs State Park, Arkansas Master Naturalists, the Association for Beaver Lake Environment, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, the North American Lake Management Society, and Girl Scouts Diamonds are co-sponsors of Secchi Day on Beaver Lake. Harps Foods, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, and Golden Corral/Pleasant Grove Road made snacks, lunch and ice cream possible. Cabela’s donated the Grand Prize Kayak. Arkansas & Missouri Railroad contributed tickets for door prizes (11 door prize totes to commemorate 11 years). Arkansas State Parks-Hobbs State Park contributed a special doorprize of a stay for two nights at any park in Arkansas. Outdoor Cap donated Secchi Day commemorative caps and visors for everyone in attendance this year. KNWA is the television media sponsor. Other businesses and organizations contributing resources and in-kind donations for the event included Hog Radio, La Zeta Radio, KUAF 91.3, KFSM, B-Scene Media, Univision Arkansas, Commercial Audio Systems, and the Rogers Optimist Club.

Beaver Lake is the water supply for one in seven Arkansans. Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. 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 information, visit bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting — August 18, 2016

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Tentative Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order 2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting 3. Presentation — Surge Tank — Fayetteville Transmission Line 4. Presentation — ADEQ Regulation No. 2 Update 5. Recommendation — FY 2017 BWD Budget 6. Other Business * 11th Annual Secchi Day — Saturday, August 20. 2016 — 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Prairie Creek Park * Reschedule October BWD Board Meeting to Alternate Day — Thursday, October 27, 2016 — 12:00 p.m.

11th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is Aug. 20th; Free Fun, Food, Kayak Test Drives, Door Prizes & More

 

2016-SecchiDay-Flyer-webLooking for some low-cost family fun at Beaver Lake this summer? Well, look no farther! Just head out to Prairie Creek Park on Beaver Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20th! Join in the fun that’s planned for the 11th anniversary of Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, a free water appreciation science festival for all ages. If you’ve never been there, this is the perfect time to go. It’s easy to find – just plug the address 9300 N. Park Road, Rogers, AR into your GPS — and you’ll travel just a few miles east of Rogers off of Highway 12 in beautiful Northwest Arkansas to arrive at this beautiful park on the lake.

Once there, you can visit the mobile aquarium, test drive a kayak, participate in the scavenger hunt and win door prizes, use a microscope, interact with live reptiles, make your own water testing device to take home, make it rain on the watershed, and see how water flows impact water quality in the lake. The emcee of events is Dan Skoff, Chief Meteorologist for KNWA/Fox 24, along with Dr. Bob Morgan, manager of environmental quality for Beaver Water District. They will be welcoming volunteer teams who will turn in water samples and water clarity readings that will be entered on the “Great Wall of Secchi” tote board throughout the event.

“This is the 11th year we’ve held this event,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. “We continue to grow this event with a core group of partners and lake volunteers who are collecting samples while also welcoming the general public to our free event that focuses on the importance of Beaver Lake to the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. In addition to 11 door prizes and a grand prize kayak (courtesy of Cabela’s), we’ll have hot dogs, ice cream and other snacks available. We care about Beaver Lake. We want all of our citizens to care about it, too. Getting involved and having fun is a good way to start! Remember, this lake supplies drinking water for one in seven Arkansans.”

Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is named for the Secchi disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity. In the early part of the morning, citizen science volunteers, using their own boats, collect water samples and take Secchi disk readings. They bring their samples and clarity readings in to shore where Skoff and Morgan record them on the Great Wall with lots of fanfare, something along the lines of a weigh-in at a fishing tournament.

Beaver Water District supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people and industries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and surrounding areas. 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 information, visit bwdh2o.org.