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October 29, 2020 — Nicole “Nikki” Holloway Promoted to Laboratory Supervisor at Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District (BWD) promoted Nicole “Nikki” Holloway to Laboratory Supervisor on Oct. 1. Holloway oversees the laboratory staff and works with other departments at BWD to analyze both watershed and treated water quality.

Holloway began her career in the drinking water industry as a college intern for three years in the Water Quality Laboratory at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo. After she graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Chemistry, she joined the team at BWD as a Laboratory Technician in 2013. Later, BWD promoted her to Laboratory Analyst. Holloway is currently working on her thesis on the Use and Feasibility of Polyaluminum Chloride Coagulants to meet requirements for a distance learning M.S. degree in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. Holloway is an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), serving as a past chair for the Southwest Section Young Professional Committee. She serves on the AWWA’s Water Quality Laboratory Committee and Young Professionals Committee.

Holloway spent four years as a valued member of the BWD Top Ops Team (water treatment quiz bowl). During that time, BWD placed first every year at the Southwest Section AWWA competition. She now coaches the BWD Team. In 2014, the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA) named Holloway the Water Laboratory Professional of the year. Holloway holds a Class IV Water Treatment Operator license and Class IV Water Distribution Operator license, both through the Arkansas Department of Health.

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 pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

October 20, 2020 — “Imagine a Day Without Water” Observed Oct. 21 in Northwest Arkansas & Nation

Imagine waking up one morning and turning on the faucet, but nothing comes out. The day might get off to a rocky start, right?

In reality, most people take clean, safe water for granted. To counter that attitude and change behaviors, a coalition of water leaders dreamed up Imagine a Day Without Water (IADWW). This national education campaign brings together diverse stakeholders to highlight how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. This year, the day of action will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

Beaver Water District (BWD), which supplies clean drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, for distribution by its four customer cities, encourages everyone to link to imagineadaywithoutwater.org and celebrate water beginning today. Express yourself by posting photos, videos, memes and other creative material to social media. Include the hashtag #ValueWater. To kick things off, take a moment to visit social media links and view video clips created by several of our local participants this year.

Watch Mayor Lioneld Jordan issue a proclamation declaring Oct. 21 “Imagine a Day Without Water” in the city of Fayetteville. He’s joined by others who pre-recorded video messages about the value of water, including Fayetteville City Council Member Mark Kinion, who serves as chair of the city’s the Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Committee; Andrew Blann, Manager of Fossil Cove Brewing Company; Lane Crider, CEO of BWD; and Adam Higinbothom, Manager of Pack Rat Outdoor Center.

These local partners represent a mere handful of the elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, and businesses throughout the United States who participate each year in the Imagine a Day Without Water observance. Led by the Value of Water Campaign (thevalueofwater.org), hundreds of organizations across the country will participate to raise awareness about the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water infrastructure to ensure that no American community is left without safe and reliable water.

“I look forward to this observance every year. In the past four years, we’ve been able to co-host a fun in-person water trivia night with Fossil Cove. A large group gathering was not an option this year with the ongoing pandemic. Instead, we decided to reach out and get some local participation to kickstart the observance.

“A majority of folks don’t know where their drinking water comes from or why they should care. In the United States (U.S.), we tend to just expect clean, safe water to flow out of our faucets every time we turn them on. Northwest Arkansas is fortunate to have an abundant supply of good quality water in Beaver Lake/Reservoir. But moderate to extreme water shortages are becoming regular occurrences and days without water are a reality for a growing number of people around the world today, including places in the U.S. Contributing factors are changing weather patterns combined with increasing demand for water and  negative impacts of a global human population that has expanded in the last 100 years from about 1.9 billion to almost 8 billion. Earth’s water is essential for life and access to safe water is a fundamental human need. We are all on this ‘Spaceship Earth’ together. I invite you to share your story on the value of water and join the effort to protect water resources on ‘Imagine A Day Without Water.’ Let’s make every day a day of action for people and the planet.” — Dot Neely, Beaver Water District’s Education Coordinator, leads BWD’s IADWW effort every year. Neely is a pro when it comes to water, having worked for Beaver Water District as a consultant and then a fulltime staff person for more than a decade.

The Value of Water Campaign educates and inspires the nation about how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. Spearheaded by top leaders in the water industry, the purpose is to build public and political will for investment in America’s water infrastructure. For ideas and more information, contact Neely at education@bwdh2o.org or Abigail Gardner, Value of Water Campaign Communications Director, at agardner@thevalueofwater.org.

Link here to view BWD CEO Lane Crider’s Media Moment. https://youtu.be/hC8pa9XY0RM

October 15, 2020 – Beaver Lake Secchi Day Data Released for 15th Year

Despite the COVID pandemic, Beaver Water District’s Secchi Day on Beaver Lake sampling activities — with many, longtime and dedicated volunteers — continued this year on Aug. 15, 2020, with all the necessary precautions to ensure everyone was safe. Secchi Day is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure transparency.

While most years there are nearly 40 sampling teams collecting data and water samples from 35 duplicated sites, due to the pandemic, 21 teams participated, with 20 percent duplication of the 35 sites.

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 today, on Oct. 15.

“Secchi depth is inversely related to both the concentration of chlorophyll-a, (a bioindicator of algae) as well as other suspended sediments in the water,” Rich said. “As chlorophyll-a and suspended sediments decrease, Secchi transparency increases. This exact trend also occurs naturally as you move from the headwaters of the lake toward Beaver Dam. When it comes to producing drinking water, greater Secchi transparency, and lesser chlorophyll-a and nutrient concentrations, are best. At all 35 sites in 2020, chlorophyll-a concentrations were lesser than, while Secchi depths were greater than, their long-term averages for each site. These results are positive because the leap from excess nutrients to water quality degradation can be short.”

After 15 years of data collection, Dr. James McCarty, BWD’s Manager of Environmental Quality, said we are maintaining the water quality in Beaver Lake.

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 pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – October 15, 2020

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District VIA GoToMeeting Conference (To request to join the call, email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org)

October 15, 2020 12:00 Noon

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

Other Business

    • COVID19 Status
    • Water Production Report

ADJOURN TO NEW BWD HYDRATION TRAILER DEMONSTRATION

Board Meeting – September 17, 2020

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District VIA GoToMeeting Conference (To request to join the call, email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org)

September 17, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recommendation – Construction Manager General Contractor for Steele Building Renovation
  5. Recommendation – Agreement for Construction Management Service with Olsson
  6. Recommendation – 2020 Strategic Plan

Other Business

    • COVID19 Status
    • Water Production Report

Board Meeting – August 20, 2020

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District VIA GoToMeeting Conference (To request to join the call, email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org)

August 20, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recommendation – FY 2021 Budget

Other Business

    • COVID19 Status
    • Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies 2020 Virtual Executive Management Conference
    • Water Production Report

August 14, 2020 — Beaver Water District Forms Compliance Department, Mindi Dearing Named Compliance Manager

Mindi Dearing has been named Compliance Manager for Beaver Water District’s newly created Compliance Department. The promotion will occur on Oct. 1. Dearing, former Laboratory Supervisor for the District for well over a decade, will be responsible for the research, analysis, and evaluation of regulatory activities that impact the drinking water industry and ensure the District is in compliance with federal, state, and local entities. In addition to ensuring drinking water quality, Dearing will also assist with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining the strategic initiatives of the District. The increasingly complex needs of regulatory compliance and sufficient coverage of work responsibilities prompted the formation of the Compliance Department.

Dearing joined the District on Jan. 10, 2005. However, she began her journey in the water industry while attending college in Stillwater, Okla., where she worked in a private laboratory that provided consultation and analysis for water and wastewater treatment plants. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and went on to work as an Environmental Chemist for the Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater Utilities department until she accepted the Laboratory Supervisor position at Beaver Water District and moved to Arkansas in 2005. Dearing also completed a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Strategic Communications from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in May 2019.

Dearing has been an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for more than 20 years and has served on multiple AWWA committees including Operator Involvement, Young Professionals, and the Emerging Water Quality Issues. She just recently handed over the reins of the Chair of the Top Ops Subcommittee for which she served from 2016-2020. She is also involved in the Southwest American Water Works Association (SWAWWA) and has helped promote and organize the Top Ops competition, a quiz bowl competition for workers in the drinking water industry.

Dearing received the Laboratory Professional award for the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association in 2007 and 2018. She holds a Class IV Water Treatment Operator and a Class IV Water Distribution Operator license through the Arkansas Department of Health.

August 13, 2020 — Virtual Secchi Day Science Fair begins Saturday; Fun and Prizes for the Entire Family

Beginning this Saturday, Aug. 15, the public is invited to participate in the first-ever Online Virtual Secchi Day Science Fair with videos and photos of Environmental and Water Education activities. Visit Beaver Water District’s website at  http://www.bwdh2o.org to get started. Provide us with feedback and win a prize! A Secchi disk is a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity. Sampling activities and the education fair, led by Beaver Water District since 2006, rely on partners and citizen volunteers. The data collected helps BWD monitor the quality of the water in Beaver Lake, the water supply for half a million people. To ensure everyone’s safety, the Secchi Day Science Fair is virtual this year.

July 14, 2020 – Beaver Water District Hydration Station at Ozark Smokehouse

Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Beaver Water District and Kessler Greenways will host a dedication ceremony to celebrate the installation of new Hydration Station at Ozark Smokehouse WASHINGTON CO., ARK – Local media are invited to join in the Hydration Station Dedication Ceremony hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, a non-governmental, nonprofit conservation organization. The ceremony will take place Friday, July 31, 2020, on the downstairs covered porch at the Ozark Smokehouse in Fayetteville from 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Attendees will include Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Beaver Water District Environmental Quality Manager James McCarty and other water district staff, Kessler Greenways Founder Frank Sharp, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust staff and Board President Eileen Jennings.

Beaver Water District partnered with the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust and Kessler Greenways to provide the hydration station. The station was installed by Frank Sharp and Cedar Valley Plumbing. It’s located just outside the Kessler Mountain Nature Center to provide clean drinking water to students, hikers and pets who visit the Outdoor Classroom’s 0.6-mile Interpretive Loop Trail, which is open to the public from sunrise to sundown 7 days a week. The trail is accessed from the picnic area just outside the Ozark Smokehouse.

Beaver Water District supplies clean, safe drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is an accredited land trust dedicated to enhancing quality of life through the permanent protection of land. By holding and managing donated land and providing conservation easement services, the Land Trust protects water quality, local farms, wildlife habitat, and places for outdoor recreation while enhancing quality of life for today and future generations. The service area of the Land Trust includes 13 counties in Northwest Arkansas, with a core focus on Benton and Washington counties. For more information, visit the land trust’s website at www.nwalandtrust.org.

Board Meeting – July 16, 2020

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District VIA GoToMeeting Conference (To request to join the call, email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org)

July 16, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recommendation – FY 2021 Personnel Budget

Other Business

    • COVID19 Status
    • Secchi Day Citizen Scientist Sampling – Saturday, August 15, 2020
    • BWD Financial Report
    • Water Production Report

EXECUTIVE SESSION