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Beaver Water District Board Members Recognize UA Students with Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships

Bill Watkins of Rogers (2nd from left), President of Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors, recognized University of Arkansas students (from left) Zachary Tipton of Fayetteville, Trent Woessner of Fayetteville, and Emily Sherrill of Rogers. These students each received a Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarship funded by participating Beaver Water District Board members.

During its regularly scheduled board meeting held Feb. 15th, the Beaver Water District (BWD) Board of Directors recognized University of Arkansas students Zachary Tipton of Fayetteville, Trent Woessner of Fayetteville, and Emily Sherrill of Rogers with Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships, which are funded by participating Beaver Water District board members.

Beaver Water District is governed by a six-member elected board of directors, with three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. Board members serve six-year terms, staggered by two years in each county.

Tipton, who is finishing his last semester of undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas (UA) with a major in Environmental, Soil and Water Science, is minoring in Mandarin Chinese and Statistics. A non-traditional student, he’s studied abroad on many occasions, works fulltime in a UA computer lab to support his family, and tutors lower level students of Chinese through the UA International Programs office.

Woessner is a junior in the UA Biological Engineering Program and also is pursuing a minor in Sustainability. “Without the scholarship, my family and I would suffer a tremendous financial burden,” he wrote in his thank you letter.

Sherrill, also a junior at the UA, is majoring in Civil Engineering and has already completed a minor in Spanish. “I hope to someday serve the northwest Arkansas community as a professional engineer with an environmental focus.”

The scholarships, funded through voluntary contributions by participating BWD Board members and other interested individuals and organizations, is named for the late Joe M. Steele and the late Hardy W. Croxton, leaders and past Board members. The Memorial Scholarship Fund provides support to qualified students within the UA’s College of Engineering and College of Agriculture. The scholarship’s aim is to support students studying and exploring careers related to water.

The mission of BWD is to serve customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with our quality standards. BWD supplies clean, safe drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, at the wholesale price of $1.34 per thousand gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers — more than 320,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – Feb. 15, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

February 15, 2018 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Recommendation – Black & Veatch Solids Filter-to-Waste Final Design and Construction Phase Services Agreement
  4. Presentation – FY 2017 Audit
  5. Presentation — FY Process Improvement Projects
  6. Presentation – Hydration Campaign
  7. Other Business
    • Recognition of Steele Croxton Scholarship Awardees

Jan. 17, 2018-McCarty Elected to Beaver Watershed Alliance Board of Directors

James McCarty of Fayetteville, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Beaver Watershed Alliance on Jan. 8, 2018. McCarty fills the position representing regional drinking water districts on the Board. Beaver Watershed Alliance was formed in 2011 to establish programming to maintain high quality drinking water in Beaver Lake and improve water quality on the Beaver Lake Watershed. The Alliance represents a diverse stakeholder group from conservation, education, water utilities, technical and science, business, agriculture, recreation, and local government groups working together for the cause of clean water. For more information, visit http://www.beaverwatershedalliance.org.

About Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District (BWD) cleans and purifies water from Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas. BWD sells the drinking water at the wholesale price of $1.34 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. In total, these cities and their customers serve about 320,000 people. BWD’s board meets monthly with the exception of December. The board consists of three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. They are elected to six-year terms and every two years, a position comes open in each county. BWD’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 www.bwdh2o.org.

 

Board Meeting – Jan. 18, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

January 18, 2018 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Presentation – Black & Veatch Solids Study Report
  4. Recommendation – Fayetteville Nutrient Reduction Agreement
  5. Presentation – UCMR4
  6. Other Business

Dec. 13, 2017 – Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association Elects Officers, Presents Awards Recognizing Excellence

On Dec. 13 in Fayetteville, Ark., members of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association elected the following officers for 2018: Brad Stewart, Springdale Water Utilities, Chair; Nathan Hooper, Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority, Secretary/Treasurer; and Mayo Miller, CH2M, Vice Chair.  Jesse Burch, Beaver Water District, received a plaque recognizing his years of service as outgoing Chair. Additionally, Stacy Cheevers of Beaver Water District, Northwest District Director, presented the following Outstanding Achievement Awards for 2017:

Water Operator less than 5000 population:  Kris Yandell, Eureka Springs Public Works Department; Water Operator more than 5000 population:  Preston Newbill, City of Bentonville; Manager of the Year Water:  Tony Muff, City of Bentonville; Small System Award Water:  Cary Davis, Beaver Water District; Wastewater Operator less than 5000 population:  Will Winn, Winn Environmental Tech, LLC; Wastewater Operator more than 5000 population:  Len Brzozkiewicz, Bentonville Wastewater Utilities; Manager of the Year Wastewater:  Terry Long, Eureka Springs Public Works Department; Small System Award Wastewater:  Jerry Genz, City of Fayetteville Biosolids Management Site; and Laboratory Professional Wastewater:  Nicholas King, CH2M.

Award winners (from left, back row) Cary Davis, Preston Newbill, Kris Yandell, Terry Long and (from left, front row), Tony Muff, Len Brzozkiewicz, Nicholas King, and Will Winn. (Jerry Genz was not present.)

The mission of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association, formed in 1950, 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 the profession within their communities. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information.

Dec. 1, 2017 – Beaver Water District Staff Noted for Awards, Appointments

Beaver Water District (BWD) announces the following staff awards and appointments:

Larry Lloyd of Fayetteville, COO of Beaver Water District (BWD), was reappointed by the Governor to a term on the state’s Nutrient Water Quality Trading Advisory Panel, to expire on June 8, 2019.

Adam Motherwell of Fayetteville, CFO of BWD, was appointed a member of the Audit Committee of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). He will serve through 2020.

Steven Caudle of Lowell, BWD Plant Operator, was appointed Vice Chair of the Young Professionals for the Southwest Section of AWWA.

Bill HagenBurger of Rogers, BWD Plant Engineer, was appointed a member of the Engineering and Construction Division Committee for AWWA and recently graduated from Elevate Performance Emerging Leader Forum VII.

James McCarty of Fayetteville, Manager of Environmental Quality for BWD, was one of several authors recognized for the award-winning project “Reconciled Landscape: Urban Watershed Framework Plan, Conway, AR, USA.”

Alan Fortenberry of Springdale, CEO of BWD, was one of three inaugural winners of the Elevate Performance John Lewis Leadership Award and winner of the 2017 Beaver Watershed Alliance Watershed Guardian Award.

About Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District (BWD) cleans and purifies water from Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas. BWD sells the drinking water at the wholesale price of $1.34 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. In total, these cities and their customers serve about 320,000 people. BWD’s board meets monthly with the exception of December. The board consists of three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. They are elected to six-year terms and every two years, a position comes open in each county. BWD’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 www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – Nov. 16, 2017

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

November 16, 2017 12:00 Noon

1. Meeting Call to Order 2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting 3. Recommendation – 2018 Calendar 4. Presentation – BWD Education Outreach Programs 5. Presentation – BWD Preventive Maintenance and Asset Program 6. Other Business * Renovation of Technical Services Building * BWD Computers and Servers Upgrade * US Army Corps of Engineers Dam Safety Study – Beaver Lake

Beaver Water District Board Will Meet Oct. 26th In Lowell

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

October 26, 2017 12:00 Noon

1. Meeting Call to Order 2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting 3. Presentation – Secchi Day Report 4. Presentation – BWD Source Water Protection Program Report 5. Presentation – Beaver Watershed Alliance Annual Report 6. Other Business * Western Corridor Pump Station Site Selection Study

Oct. 17, 2017-Beaver Water District “Top Ops” Team Places 1st in SW Section Competition; Headed to National Competition for Fourth Consecutive Year

Beaver Water District (BWD) based in Lowell, Ark., placed 1st in the Southwest Section-American Water Works Association (SWAWWA) Top Ops Challenge on Oct. 17 in Oklahoma City for the fourth year in a row. The team members are (from left) Steven Caudle of Lowell, BWD Plant Operator II; Nikki Holloway of Springdale, BWD Laboratory Analyst; and Gabe Frost of Siloam Springs, Plant Operator II.

Now the team will compete for the fourth time in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Top Ops Challenge in Las Vegas during AWWA’s 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition, which will be held June 11-14. This event gathers together more than 13,000 water professionals from around the world. Top Ops is the “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy!” of the water industry. The Top Ops Challenge is designed to promote excellence and professionalism and provide an opportunity for water professionals to showcase their talents in all aspects of water operations. Established in 1881, AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. For more information, visit www.awwa.org.

About Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District (BWD) cleans and purifies water from Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas. BWD sells the drinking water at the wholesale price of $1.34 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. In total, these cities and their customers serve about 320,000 people. BWD’s board meets monthly with the exception of December. The board consists of three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. They are elected to six-year terms and every two years, a position comes open in each county. BWD’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 www.bwdh2o.org.