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Aug. 31, 2018 – Young People Create Art From “Tossed” Items That Could Harm Environment & Water Quality

On Aug. 18, 2018, Secchi Day on Beaver Lake attendees voted to determine winners of the Tossed Litter Sculpture Contest. In this new contest, young people took on the challenge to create art from “tossed” items that could potentially harm the environment and water quality. Taking 1st place with a rotary dial sculpture made from “tossed” litter (far right) was Hannah Ingalls, 10, of Garfield, a member of the Horsemanship & Apple Spur 4-H Club. Lilyan Lubbess, 9, of Pea Ridge, a member of Apple Spur 4-H Club, took 2nd place for a beautiful flower (far left). Jacob Jarding, 16, of Garfield, a member of the Apple Spur 4-H Club, took 3rd place for a coffin “sculpture” made from discarded cigarette butts. The contest, which also took place at the Benton County and Washington County Fairs, was sponsored by Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension. Beaver Water District partnered for the contest at Secchi Day. Benton County Fair partners were Benton County Farm Bureau, White Line Waste, and Benton County Solid Waste.  Boston Mountain Solid Waste partnered for the Washington County Fair. For information, contact Linda at lsimpson@uaex.edu or call (479) 271-1060.

August 24, 2018 – Carol Denefe of Rogers draws ticket for Grand Prize at Secchi Day!

KNWA Chief Meteorologist Dan Skoff (third from left) poses with (from left) John and Carol Denefe of Rogers and James McCarty, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District. Carol Denefe held the winning ticket for the grand prize kayak and paddle donated by Cabela’s in Rogers to the 13th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, held on Aug. 18th and organized by Beaver Water District and a host of partner organizations and businesses. This year’s event drew almost 700 people, including citizen scientists taking clarity readings with a Secchi Disk measuring device and water samples for testing from Beaver Lake, as well as several hundred people and volunteers, many of whom enjoyed a host of hands-on educational and fun activities lakeside at Prairie Creek. The 14th Annual Secchi Day will be held Aug. 17, 2019.

Board Meeting – August 16, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

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

August 16, 2018, Noon

            1. Meeting Call to Order
            2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
            3. Presentation – Harmful Algal Blooms
            4. Presentation — Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality 303d List
            5. Recommendation – FY 2019 Budget
            6. Other Business

          *Secchi Day — Saturday, August 18, 2018

August 8, 2018-Secchi Day on Beaver Lake/Free Science Festival Aug. 18th Schedule Released Today

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 the Prairie Creek Boat Launch / West Shelter and Amphitheater. Look for the temporary signage along the road that will help direct you to the event. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with fun, hands-on water science educational exhibits and activities, music and dancing, kayak test drives, healthy snacks and frozen desserts. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. Then, 13 door prizes be given away at 12:15 p.m. You must be present to win. Door prize “totes” will contain an abundance of items and gift cards worth well over $100 in total for each tote. The grand prize is a kayak and paddle.

“Attendees will 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,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. “This festival is fun and important to build appreciation for Beaver Lake and access to clean, affordable drinking water. After all, one in 7 Arkansans drinks water sourced from Beaver Lake. All ages enjoy this event, which is ideal for scout troops, families, educators and schoolchildren, 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.”

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.

“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 will also 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, Outdoor Cap, and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. For information, email awilson@bwdh2o.org or visit https://www.bwdh2o.org/education-outreach/secchi-day/.

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.