Secchi Science Fair

To ensure everyone’s safety during the coronavirus pandemic, the 16th Annual Secchi Day Science Fair was not held in person, said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. Instead, the “event” continues to take place online, with videos and photos of Environmental and Water Education activities for local citizens and friends around the world to learn from and enjoy. School children and educators, as well as families, are encouraged to get online to have fun while learning about everything water, from why it’s important to care about Beaver Lake, our drinking water source for most of northwest Arkansas, to sampling for and identifying the “critters” that tell the tale of water quality. Secchi Day on Beaver Lake water quality sampling activities continued on Aug. 21, 2021, as usual, with precautions to ensure volunteer citizen scientists and those who work for partner organizations are safe. Secchi Day is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity. For more information about citizen science sampling volunteer opportunities, email

Beaver Lake Fire Department, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Hobbs State Park, North American Lake Management Society, Arkansas Master Naturalists (NW AR), Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education, One Community,  The Ozark Society, Ozarks Water Watch, UA Cooperative Extension Service-Benton County, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, and U.S. Geological Survey. Others of note (but not a complete list) include Chief Meteorologist Dan Skoff of KNWA (Premiere Media Sponsor), 3W Magazine, Harps, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, Vanzant Fruit Farms, Al Lopez (Papa Rap), Benton County Environmental Division, Outdoor Cap, Dancenhance Entertainment, B-Scene Media, Hog Radio STAR 101.5 and The Coyote 96.7, KQIS-105.3, La Zeta Radio 95.7, Marshallese Radio 98.9 KMRW, Univision Arkansas, KFSM, KUAF 91.3, Arkansas Living magazine of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Beaver Lake Outdoor Center, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, Bass Pro Shops, Arkansas Department of Health-Benton County Unit, Arkansas Rural Water Association, Free Geek Arkansas, Friends of Hobbs, Illinois River Watershed Partnership, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Shiloh Museum, University of Arkansas Biological Sciences, Watershed Conservation Resource Center, Marshallese Education Initiative, Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, Davis Videos.