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July 16, 2018 – Public Invited To Attend 13th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake At Prairie Creek Pavilion on Aug. 18th

Did you know that Beaver Lake is the source of drinking water for one in seven Arkansans? If you answered no, then this is the event for you! Bring the entire family out to Prairie Creek Park on Beaver Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18th to enjoy the 13th anniversary of Secchi Day, a free water appreciation science festival for all ages. Just plug the address 9300 N. Park Road 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. Look for the temporary signage along the road that will help direct you to the event.

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 morning, citizen science volunteers, using their own boats, collect water samples and take Secchi disk readings.

“Our core group of lake volunteers (citizen scientists) collect water samples and get clarity (depth) readings at various pre-selected sites on the lake,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. “The hands-on, lakeshore activities focus on the importance of Beaver Lake to the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. In addition to door prizes and a grand prize kayak, we’ll have healthy snacks in the morning, followed by lunch (with vegetarian choices) and frozen treats. Beaver Water District is leading the way to ensure our community cares about Beaver Lake and values this beautiful natural resource. After all, it’s the drinking water for one in seven Arkansans.”

Attendees can spend time with education specialists conducting hands-on science activities, visit the Beaver Lake Fire Department fire truck and first aid station, test drive a kayak, make a water testing device to take home, make it rain on the watershed, and see how water flows impact water quality in the lake. All ages enjoy this event, which is ideal for scout troops, families, budding scientists, K-12 up to college students, retirees, residents of the lake and individuals from all over the area. About 550 people attend each year.

“We’ll also have mini-concerts and CD giveaways featuring Water Fun Facts with Papa Rap (visit http://www.paparap.net to listen to songs). Children will be making their own handmade shakers (percussion instruments) from plastic water bottles and singing along in English and Spanish to original water songs based on the companion coloring book. Each family will receive a free CD, coloring books and other items,” Wilson said. She added that the Marshallese community also is invited to perform traditional dance, while introducing some of their native culture and crafts. Northwest Arkansas has the largest Marshallese population (12,000) living outside the Marshall Islands.

Beaver Water District’s core partners who make Secchi Day a success include celebrity emcee Dan Skoff, Chief Meteorologist for KNWA, science experts, and staff and volunteers associated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education, Hobbs State Park, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Beaver Lake Fire Department, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, the North American Lake Management Society, Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, and The Ozark Society. In-kind sponsors include Harps Foods, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, Cabelas and Outdoor Cap. For information, email awilson@bwdh2o.org or visit https://www.bwdh2o.org/education-outreach/secchi-day/.

Board Meeting – July 12, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District, 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, Arkansas

July 12, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

            1. Meeting Call to Order
            2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
            3. Presentation – Coves are Important Sources of Nutrients and Algae
            4. Recommendation – FY 2019 Personnel Budget
            5. Other Business

          *Secchi Day — Saturday, August 18, 2018 — 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. — Prairie Creek Pavilion

Board Meeting – June 21, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

June 21, 2018 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Recommendation – Amendment to Phase 1 of CMAR Agreement for Solids Facilities
  4. Presentation – Arkansas Drought Contingency Network Response Plan
  5. Presentation — Information Systems Department
  6. Other Business

May 21, 2018 – Beaver Water District Deploys Monitoring Equipment on Beaver Lake

James McCarty, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District (BWD), announced equipment for monitoring water quality has been deployed in Hickory Flats Cove in the War Eagle arm of Beaver Lake. The vertical profile sampling platform resembles a small aluminum pontoon boat and will be stationary.  This equipment is part of a research program to help determine sources of nutrients in Beaver Lake.  The platform collects temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and chlorophyll-a data from the column of water beneath the platform.  

“Collected data will help BWD determine causes of algae blooms, improving our understanding of Beaver Lake, the source of our drinking water,” McCarty said. “It will help us continue to provide clean safe drinking water to residents of Northwest Arkansas.”

McCarty explained that the deployment location is of particular importance because of the high algae concentrations that are measured there each year.  Coves have often been overlooked as important sources of nutrients and algae that can impact water treatment.  Hopefully this study will help us identify some of the factors that contribute to the high algae concentrations in Hickory Flats Cove and will ultimately lead to potential solutions to the problem here and in other coves.

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. 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 http://www.bwdh2o.org/service-area.

Board Meeting – May 17, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

May 17, 2018 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Recommendation – Construction Management Contractor for Solids Facilities
  4. Recommendation – FY 2019 Long Range Financial Plan
  5. Other Business
    • Capitalization Policy
    • Retirement Plan Amendment

April 26, 2018 – Public Invited to Celebrate Drinking Water Week: 2:15 p.m. on Monday, May 7th

For immediate release: April 26, 2018

Alan Fortenberry, CEO of Beaver Water District (BWD), today announced a Drinking Water Week Press Conference to be held at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, May 7th, at BWD offices and Water Education Center, 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR. The press conference will kick off National Drinking Water Week. Woody Bassett, a Beaver Water District board member, and Fortenberry will officiate the event. BWD will showcase a new Value of Water and Beaver Lake Campaign.

“We want the public to know they can count on and trust clean, safe, affordable water sourced from Beaver Lake and provided to them by our hometown water departments – Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville — and Beaver Water District,” Fortenberry said.

The public and media are invited to attend. Expect refreshments and free educational items, such as Drinking Water Week Notebooks, bilingual coloring books, water bottles, grocery totes, Beaver Lake Watershed Maps and more.

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. 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 http://www.bwdh2o.org/service-area.

April 17, 2018 – 19 Individuals Complete Inaugural Citizens Water Academy

On April 17, nineteen area leaders received plaques recognizing their completion of Beaver Water District’s Inaugural Citizens Water Academy. Participants included (from left, front row) Kelly Johnson, NWA Regional Airport Authority; Martine Pollard, Mercy Health System of NWA; Tommy Van Zandt, Sage Real Estate Solutions LLC; Brittney Gulley, Welcome Health; Karen McIntosh, Washington Regional Medical Center; (middle row, from left) Eileen Jennings, Arvest Bank; Tori Bogner, Baldwin & Shell Construction Co.; Matt Crafton, Crafton Tull; Jon Moran, Rogers Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce; Joel Slank, Rockline Industries; Richard Stone, City of Lowell; and (back row, from left) Cal Rose, Wright Lindsey & Jennings, LLP; Greg Lindley, Simmons Bank; Bo Bittle, Bittle Insurance; Jerry Vest, Regions Bank; Adam Rutledge, First Security Bank; Angela DeLille, Cox Communications; and Chris Decker, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Not present for photo, Graham Cobb, Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce. (Photo courtesy of Beaver Water District). To be considered for the next class, send an email to Kayla Mhoon at kmhoon@bwdh2o.org.

The purpose of the Citizens Water Academy is to educate a select group of people about the history and organizational makeup of BWD, the drinking water produced by BWD from Beaver Lake, and the Beaver Lake watershed in order to enable them to serve as ambassadors and to advocate on BWD’s behalf. This is beneficial not only to BWD and the protection of water quality in Beaver Lake, but it also supports community sustainability and regional economic growth.

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 – April 19, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

April 19, 2018 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Presentation – BWD 2017 Strategic Plan Metrics Dashboard
  4. Presentation – Public Outreach 2017 Annual Report and 2018 Campaign
  5. Presentation — Citizens Water Academy Report
  6. Other Business
    • Replacement and Refurbishment Maintenance Projects

March 14, 2018 – Rogers Earns Best Tasting Drinking Water Award

The City of Rogers (Rogers Water Utilities) took first place for best tasting drinking water on March 14th at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers during the monthly meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA).

The City of Bentonville took second place, in a runoff second round of tasting. Other competitors included Beaver Water District, Springdale, Prairie Grove, and Siloam Springs. Rogers will now compete for the statewide award during the 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition of AWW&WEA, which will be held April 29-May 2 in Hot Springs.

Steve Waryas of McWane Ductile, Jason Bird of the Arkansas Department of Health, and Brent Hutchins of Brad Green and Associates served as judges. They evaluated and scored water samples on clarity, color, odor, and taste. Brad Stewart, Chair of the NW District AWW&WEA (Springdale Water Utilities), emceed the event. Nathan Hooper, Secretary/Treasurer (Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority), and Mayo Miller, Vice Chair (CH2M Hill) assisted with the event.

The Northwest District of the AWW&WEA was formed in 1950. Its mission 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 water professions. Monthly meetings are held in various cities throughout the 10-county district in Northwest Arkansas. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information.

Additional information: Past winners include Bentonville (2017), Rogers (2016), Prairie Grove (2015), Beaver Water District (2014), and Rogers (2013).

Board Meeting – March 15, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

March 15, 2018 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Presentation – Technical Services Building Renovation Project
  4. Presentation – Laboratory Testing Equipment and Services to Cities
  5. Other Business
    • Western Corridor Pump Station Site Property Acquisition
    • Adjourn to tour of the Technical Services Building and Laboratory