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Secchi Day

Secchi Day is an annual event that takes place the third Saturday in August on Beaver Lake with the goal of collecting important water quality data such as turbidity, chlorophyll-a, total phosphorous, and total nitrogen. On Secchi Day, volunteers take to the water to collect the lake’s maximum depth at which a Secchi disk can be viewed from the surface of the water which tells scientists how cloudy or “turbid” the water is. This valuable data has been collected for years and gives Beaver Water District a good idea of the water quality of Beaver Lake. Volunteers are still needed for the 2023 event on August 19!

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Beaver Lake Volunteer Day

Join us Saturday, October 7th, 2023 at Prairie Creek Park

Taking place in the cooler month of October, Beaver Water District is hosting Beaver Lake Volunteer Day to celebrate our drinking water source and the wonderful volunteers who help protect it. The event will include a lake cleanup, presentation of Secchi Day results, and informational booths from our partner organizations like Beaver Watershed Alliance, NWA Master Naturalist, UAEX, WCRC, USGS, H2Ozarks, NWALT, ONSC, USCG Auxiliary, BWD Lab, AGFC, Coalition for Marshallese, and the NWA Council.

8:00 – 9:00 am – Check In & Supply Pickup

8:00 – 10:30 am – Cleanup (volunteers can head to Prairie Creek when finished)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Science Festival

11:00 am – Lunch for All Volunteer

11:30 am – Secchi Data Reading by Matthew Rich of BWD

12:00 pm – Door Prizes and Wrap Up

Secchi Day citizen scientists are invited to attend and view the full report of all their hard work. Cleanup site registration is now OPEN! Corporate/Group volunteers are encouraged to contact the District directly for specific assignments.

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War Eagle Appreciation Day

What started as a celebration float from highway 412 bridge to Withrow Springs State Park in 2007 has taken many shapes over the years. The goal of the event is to promote awareness of the impact that humans have on War Eagle Creek. Robert Swain, a landowner on the War Eagle, is recognized as the founder of War Eagle Appreciation Day (WEAD). In 2022, over 30 people took off on the WEAD float to celebrate and paddled past Mr. Swain on his land where he congratulated participants on keeping the event alive. The District looks forward to hosting future WEAD events with our partners the Beaver Watershed Alliance.

Join us for the 19th Annual War Eagle Appreciation Day, happening on Saturday, June 3rd, from 11 am – 1 pm at Withrow Springs State Park’s Kieth Ham Pavillion

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West Fork Watershed Cleanup

Join us Saturday, November 4th, 2023

The Beaver Watershed Alliance hosts the West Fork – White River Cleanup in partnership with multiple community partners. Volunteers help remove litter and bulky waste in the West Fork watershed, sub-watershed of Beaver Lake. Volunteers can bring their own watercraft for the float portion. For more info contact or 479-750-8007.