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Board Meeting – January 20, 2022

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors 

Virtual Meeting

January 20, 2022 12:00 Noon

VIRTUAL: Email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org for meeting information.

  1.  Meeting Call to Order
  2.  Roll Call
  3.  Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4.  Recommendation – Corporate Authorization Resolution
  5.  Recommendation – Amendment and Modification – BWD Retirement Plan Committee
  6.  Recommendation – FY 2021 Audit
  7.  Presentation – Budget-to-Actual Quarterly Financial Report – First Quarter FY 2022
  8.  Presentation – Chlorine Dioxide Generators and Flocculator Gear Box Rebuilds

Other Business

CEO Report

January 5, 2022 – Kevan Inboden joins BWD as Chief Operating Officer

Kevan Inboden, P.E., joined Beaver Water District (BWD) on Jan. 3, 2022, as the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Inboden comes to BWD from City Water and Light in Jonesboro, where he has spent 30 years, most of that time serving as the Special Projects Administrator. Inboden served on several different boards and committees while in Jonesboro including the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce Chairman and a Board Member for the Jonesboro Economic Development Corporation.

Lane Crider, CEO of Beaver Water District said “There’s no question he’s the right person at the right time for the District. He brings his extensive background and core strengths in water treatment, electricity generation, engineering design, large capital project management, finance, government development and economic development. I’m very pleased to have Kevan join our team here at Beaver Water District.”

Kevan and his wife are happy to call Fayetteville their new home in Northwest Arkansas.  This welcomed move will allow them to be closer to their grown sons and grandson.

December 15, 2021 – Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association Elects Officers, Presents Awards Recognizing Excellence

 

On Dec. 8 in Fayetteville, Ark., members of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA) met for their monthly training meeting at Mount Sequoyah.

The following individuals were announced as the officers for 2022: Zak Johnston of Washington Water Authority as Chairman, Austin Ramsfield of Jacobs as Secretary, and Darryl Fendley of Beaver Water District as Vice Chairman. Mayo Miller of Jacobs received a plaque recognizing his years of service as outgoing Chair.

Stacy Cheevers of Beaver Water District, Northwestern District Director for AWW&WEA, presented outstanding achievement awards for 2021.

Water Operator more than 5000 Population – Roger Huddleston with Beaver Water District

Water Manager of the Year – Patti Cline w/Madison Co. Water Facilities Board,

Wastewater Operator less than 5000 Population – Kasey Lybrand with Jacobs/Beaver Water District

Wastewater Operator more than 5000 Population – Joe McMahon with Bentonville Compost Facility

Wastewater Manager of the Year – Paul Frisbie with Springdale Water Utility

Wastewater Small System Management – Will Winn with Winn Environmental Tech

Wastewater Laboratory Professional – Matt Benton with Jacobs

Wastewater Pretreatment Professional –  John Byrd with Jacobs

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.

December 7, 2021 — Patricia (Trish) Ouei Joins Beaver Water District as Director of Public Affairs

Beaver Water District (BWD) has hired Patricia (Trish) Ouei, CHES, of Rogers as Director of Public Affairs. Ouei replaces Amy Wilson of Fayetteville, who is retiring at the end of this year after 17 years of service.  Ouei’s responsibilities include developing and managing BWD’s communication, education, and public outreach related to drinking water, Beaver Lake, and the lake’s watershed.  Ouei comes to the District from the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, where she has spent the past 14 years serving as an urban stormwater educator. She has an extensive background in public education and outreach, as well as public participation and involvement in pollution prevention, water quality, watershed, and stormwater issues. Ouei has worked with BWD for many years on events such as Secchi Day and various regional environmental education and outreach events. She previously served as Public Education Coordinator with the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District and as a Public Health Educator with the Arkansas Department of Health.

Ouei has a Master of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from the University of Central Arkansas. She is a nationally Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s 2016 Ginger Tatom-Water Quality Professional Award and a 2011 Communications Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents.

November 18, 2021 — Beaver Lake Secchi Day Data Released for 16th Year

Beaver Water District’s (BWD) professional laboratory staff have completed the analysis of collected water samples from BWD’s 16th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake. The event was held Aug. 21, 2021, with the help of dedicated volunteers.

“This year, we had 25 sampling teams collecting data and water samples at 31 of our normal 35 sites,” said James McCarty, Manager of Environmental Quality. “Poor weather conditions hampered efforts to collect data in the areas near Indian Creek and Beaver Dam.”

Secchi Day is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure transparency. The task of sampling teams is to take Secchi disk readings to determine water transparency. Teams also collect water samples that are then tested by BWD lab staff for chlorophyll-a, total phosphorus, and total nitrogen 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 alternating black and white pattern can be distinguished from above the water’s surface.

Matthew Rich, Environmental Specialist with BWD, spoke about results and data from Secchi Day with the BWD’s Board of Directors at their monthly meeting held on Oct. 21.

“Secchi depth is not only effected by the amount of nutrients and sediment within the lake, but also weather conditions above the surface of the lake,” Rich said. “Windy and rainy conditions will reduce the ability to see the Secchi disk because of wave action generated by rough weather. In addition, clouds that produce the rainstorms will block incoming sunlight, thus further reducing Secchi depths. While we did see some reduction in water transparency as compared to last year’s data, the change was minimal and well within the range that we ordinarily see. This type of result really highlights the importance of understanding year-to-year variability of these water quality parameters.”

After 16 years of data collection, Dr. James McCarty, BWD’s Manager of Environmental Quality, said despite the less than ideal weather for Secchi Day 2021, long-term averages of Secchi Day data indicate that the high level of water quality in Beaver Lake is being maintained.

To read this year’s Secchi Day report, go to the Secchi Day page on the BWD website at https://www.bwdh2o.org/education-outreach/secchi-day/ and the report will be on the bottom left.

About Beaver Water District

The mission of Beaver Water District (BWD) is to sustainably provide our customers with safe, economical drinking water. BWD provides the clean water, sourced from Beaver Lake, to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then store, distribute and resell the water to their customers. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – November 18, 2021

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District, 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR 72745

November 18, 2021 12:00 Noon

Email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org or awilson@bwdh2o.org for meeting information.

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recommendation — 2022 Board Calendar
  5. Presentation — Fourth Quarter Financial Report for period ended September 30, 2021
  6. Recognition — Amy Wilson, Public Affairs Director
  7. Presentation — Electricity and Water Do Mix

Other Business

    • CEO Report

November 5, 2021 – McCarty Receives Early Career Award

James McCarty of Fayetteville, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District, received a 2021 Early Career Award from the University of Arkansas College of Engineering. McCarty has a B.S. in Biological Engineering (2006), a M.S. in Biological Engineering (2015), and a Ph.D. (2020). College of Engineering alumni, faculty, staff and guests gathered on Oct. 30, to induct four new members into the College of Engineering’s Hall of Fame and recognize 34 alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards and Early Career Awards.

About Beaver Water District

The mission of Beaver Water District (BWD) is to sustainably provide our customers with safe, economical drinking water. BWD provides the clean water, sourced from Beaver Lake, to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then store and distribute the water to their customers. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – October 21, 2021

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District, 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR 72745

October 21, 2021 12:00 Noon

Email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org or awilson@bwdh2o.org for meeting information.

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation — Beaver Watershed Alliance Annual Report
  5. Presentation — Secchi Day Report
  6. Presentation — BWD Source Water Protection Program Update

Other Business

    • Combined COO Report and CEO Report

September 22, 2021 – UA Students Awarded Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships

The following University of Arkansas (UA) students have received Joe M. Steele & Hardy W. Croxton Memorial Scholarships for Fall 2021. Jacqueline Steinauer (from left) of Fayetteville is pursuing a degree in Biological Engineering. Braden Wise of Greenland is focused on a degree in Civil Engineering. Jonathan Brye of Farmington is majoring in Environmental, Soil and Water Science. Beaver Water District Board Members donate board meeting attendance fees to the scholarship fund. These scholarships provide financial assistance to upperclassman or graduate students in the Departments of Civil Engineering, Biological and Agricultural Engineering or Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences who have demonstrated interest in drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, environmental or life sciences. The fund is managed by the University of Arkansas Foundation. Donations may be made payable to the University of Arkansas Foundation, Inc. — with Joe M. Steele & Hardy W. Croxton Memorial Scholarship in the memo line — and mailed to University of Arkansas, ATTN: Gift Services, 1125 West Maple Street, Suite 210, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. For more information about making a tax-deductible donation, contact John Fray, Associate Director of Development for the UA College of Engineering, at johnfrayf@uark.edu.

About Beaver Water District

The mission of Beaver Water District (BWD) is to sustainably provide our customers with safe, economical drinking water. BWD pumps the clean water –sourced from Beaver Lake and then put through the water treatment process — to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then store, distribute, and resell the water to their customers. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

September 20, 2021 — Algae is the Culprit behind Drinking Water Taste and Odor Issues

Increasing amounts of algae in Beaver Lake may lead some customers to detect taste or odor in their drinking water right now. What is important to remember is that the water is safe to drink, according to officials with Beaver Water District (BWD).

“In the summer, conditions in Beaver Lake can favor the rapid growth of algae,” said Lane Crider, CEO of Beaver Water District. “While most algae are relatively benign, some can impact the taste and odor of the finished drinking water.”

Crider added that while some customers may be sensitive to its taste and smell, the blooms are typically short-lived.  Regardless, the water is still safe to drink.

Taste and odor issues occur as a result of environmental conditions, but human actions can be a contributor, officials said, adding that they want customers to understand the cause of taste and odor and be proactive about taking care of Beaver Lake. To help keep the lake free of too many nutrients, which contribute to the growth of algae, maintain your septic systems, don’t over fertilize lawns, and contain sediment and dirt on construction sites with silt fencing or other stormwater best management practices.

During events such as these, taste and odor at the tap can be minimized in a variety of ways. For instance, chilling water and/or adding some lemon to the water will help. In addition, carbon filters – the type used in water pitchers or attached to faucets, can be effective at removing taste and odor compounds in drinking water.

“These issues are not unique to our area,” Crider said. “These are seasonal aesthetic events that may last a few days or several weeks. The timeframe varies depending on specific water conditions and algal characteristics. No matter how short or long the duration of the event, however, we want to assure our customers that the water is safe to drink.”

For more information, link to this Fact Sheet on Taste and Odor. https://www.bwdh2o.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/091521-BWD-Taste-and-Odor-Fact-Sheet-UPDATE.pdf

About Beaver Water District

The mission of Beaver Water District (BWD) is to sustainably provide our customers with safe, economical drinking water. BWD pumps the clean water –sourced from Beaver Lake and then put through the water treatment process — to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then store, distribute, and resell the water to their customers. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.