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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.

LOWELL, AR – On Aug. 19 for the 12th Year in a row, volunteer citizen scientists collected water quality data on Beaver Lake near Rogers in Northwest Arkansas during the annual Secchi Day event, always held on the third Saturday each August. Beaver Water District (BWD) staff then analyzed data and produced a report that helps answer this question: How is the water quality in Beaver Lake doing?

Matthew Rich, Environmental Specialist with Beaver Water District (BWD), spoke about results and data from Secchi Day with attendees at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA) meeting held Wednesday (Oct. 11, 2017) in Eureka Springs.

During Secchi Day, sampling teams take Secchi disk readings to determine water clarity, and collect water samples which are tested for chlorophyll-a, total phosphorus, and nitrate, to determine algal density and nutrient concentration. Secchi depth is a measure of water transparency that involves lowering a black and white disk into the water and recording the maximum depth in which the black and white pattern can be distinguished from above the water’s surface.

“After 12 years of collecting data, we are finally getting a picture of the variability in water quality at the different sites,” Rich said. “On Beaver Lake, as you travel from Hwy. 412 bridge to the dam, chlorophyll-a decreases and Secchi transparency increases. This is because as water moves through the lake, nutrients are used up and suspended particles like sediment and algae fall to the bottom, making the northern part of the lake less productive.”

This year’s data shows that most water quality parameters were fairly close to the 12-year average.  The average lake Secchi depth this year was around 9 feet, which is slightly higher than the long-term average of 8.8 feet.  The average lake chlorophyll-a this year was 6.39 parts per billion (ppb) which was slightly lower than the longer term average of 7.32 ppb.  Both of these values point to 2017 as being a year with better than average water quality.  However, there are a lot of factors that play into those numbers and the amount and timing of rainfall is one of the largest contributors.

“Secchi Day started as a way to engage citizen scientists but has given us some really good data.  We are committed to the long haul on this data and will likely only start to see trends play out on timescales of multiple decades.  As the watershed around the lake changes, Secchi Day is there as a measure of how the lake will respond to that change,” Rich said.

James McCarty, BWD’s Manager of Environmental Quality, added that “Secchi Day is only one example of the work we do. In fact, all year-round BWD, the United States Geological Survey, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Water Resources Center collect data on Beaver Lake and its tributaries. Nutrient loads to Beaver Lake are a major driver of algae production so we work with many different partners to encourage programs that monitor for and help to reduce sources of nutrients. For example, just this last year, BWD and partners assembled an $8.6 million multi-year grant to reduce sources of nutrients in the West Fork of the White River, a major tributary to Beaver Lake.”

To read this year’s Secchi report, link to BWD’s website at bwdh2o.org then go to the Secchi Day page here (https://www.bwdh2o.org/education-outreach/secchi-day/) and the report will be on the bottom left. Next year’s event will be held on Aug. 18, 2018. Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is made possible by 12 partners including BWD, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Northwest Arkansas Stormwater, Hobbs State Park, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, and Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Secchi Day is one of the premiere water public awareness and education events in Arkansas.

 About Beaver Water District

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. The board oversees BWD, which cleans and purifies drinking water sold at the wholesale price of $1.34 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. The raw water is sourced from Beaver Lake, which one in seven Arkansans relies on lake for safe, clean drinking water. 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.

Northwest Arkansas’ largest drinking water supplier broke its record for sales in Fiscal Year 2017, and the two-county area’s other primary water provider will approach an all-time sales record.

Both the Beaver Water District and the Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority delivered more water to their customers even though summer temperatures were below average. Those record sales in a year with cooler-than-normal summer weather indicates the region’s rising population is driving increased water consumption, said Larry Lloyd, the Beaver Water District’s chief operating officer.

The Beaver Water District’s four customers — the cities of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale — consumed an average of 51 million gallons a day in Fiscal Year 2017, which ended Sept. 30. That was up from 48.1 million in FY2016. This year’s water sales of 18.6 billion gallons eclipsed the record sales in 2016 by 6.06 percent.

The Northwest Arkansas Council gathered water consumption data from the two providers because it’s a way to validate the rapid growth in population estimates shared each year by the U.S. Census Bureau.

“We just keep selling more and more water and it’s not because it’s hot and dry,” Lloyd said. “None of our record months were in the summer, and that alone suggests it’s all about the growth in the region.”

Meanwhile, sales at the Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority, more commonly referred to as “Two-Ton,” are on pace to be within 1 percent of its best sales year despite the cooler summer weather.  Scott Borman, the water authority’s general manager, said August’s average high temperature was near 83 degrees. The average August high over the past 40 years is 89 degrees, he said.

Through nine months of 2017, Two-Ton’s customers purchased 2.3 billion gallons. Those customers, who include 16 rural water providers and small cities, sold 3.1 billion gallons last year. It’s clear to Borman that the additional sales are generally to residential customers as its 16 members have about 1,000 more water meters than in 2016, Borman said.

For the Beaver Water District, the biggest growth is in Bentonville, where water consumption was up 11 percent over FY2016. Consumption increased in Fayetteville (5.6 percent), Rogers (4.5 percent) and Springdale (4.4 percent), too.

Both water wholesalers are well positioned to handle higher demand as they pull more water from Beaver Lake. Through the year’s first nine months, Two-Ton’s peak consumption was near 24 million gallons a day with its daily average near 9.5 million gallons. Its plant can deliver 40 million gallons to customers if necessary.

The Beaver Water District can treat up to 140 million gallons daily, and its peak day in Fiscal Year 2017 was near 68 million gallons.

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Rob Smith, Northwest Arkansas Council, Email: robsmith@nwacouncil.org

Amy Wilson, Beaver Water District, Email: awilson@bwdh2o.org

Scott Borman, Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority,Email: scott.borman@bwrpwa.com

Jernigan Takes 1st Place in Beaver Lake Photo Contest

Haleigh Jernigan, 11, of Bella Vista, daughter of Shannon and Alisha Jernigan, took 1st place in the 4H Division of the 2017 Beaver Lake Photo Contest sponsored by Beaver Water District. She is a member of the Cooper 4H Club. The contest was held for the eighth year in conjunction with the 12th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake and the Benton County Fair. Jernigan has been competing in the contest for several years. She received recognition and a cash prize, and her photo was displayed at Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Aug. 19th during Secchi Day on Beaver Lake.

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 – July 18, 2013

Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors will meet at noon on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR.

Agenda

1. Meeting Call to Order 2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting 3. Presentation – State Water Plan 4. Recommendation – New Position – Education Coordinator 5. Recommendation – FY 2014 Personnel Budget 6. Other Business • Guest – John Pennington, Executive Director, Beaver Watershed Alliance • Leadership Development Program Guest – Jesse Burch, Plant Operator II

Volunteers Needed for Cleanup May 19th

The 7th annual West Fork Watershed Cleanup will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Riverside Park, located off state Hwy. 170 in quaint downtown West Fork. Volunteers will check in from 8-9:30 a.m. at the park, then fan out to stations along the river and clean up targeted areas. Volunteers are then invited to enjoy a burrito buffet beginning at 11 a.m. Download a flyer here.

Volunteers are needed and may pre-register by calling 479-422-1014 or 479-225-1611. Volunteers also may show up that day and register on-site.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cleanup participants will be supplied with trash bags, maps to cleanup locations, gloves, and reusable water bottles filled with chilled tap water. All volunteers will be required to sign up and complete liability forms. Sites on the cleanup list include Riverside Park, Baptist Ford, Dye Creek Road, Woolsey Bridge, Brentwood Mountain Road, and the Winslow Ballpark.

“The West Fork of the White River flows into Beaver Lake,” said Nicole Hardiman, who works for the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, one of the event sponsors. “Beaver Lake is our drinking water, so we gather annually to clean up the West Fork and build awareness about our precious water resources.”

Mayor Frances Hime has been volunteering for the cleanup for several years, and she’s proud to be there once again.

“When we clean up the West Fork River and its watershed, we are protecting our source of safe drinking water and caretaking wildlife habitat,” Hime said. “We love rallying the troops to help with this task. We want everyone to come out and enjoy beautiful Riverside Park in West Fork and help us with the cleanup.”

As in years past, the event is being coordinated by the West Fork Watershed Alliance. Sponsors and partners also include Arkansas Stream Team, Arkansas Canoe Club, Arvest Bank, Beaver Water District, City of West Fork, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Tyson Foods, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Washington County Environmental Affairs, the Watershed Conservation Resource Center, Audubon Arkansas, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Ozark Natural Foods, Sam’s Club, and West Fork Cafe.