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May 15, 2019 — Jesse Burch Receives Water Works Outstanding Achievement Award

Jesse Burch (right) of Bella Vista, Operations Supervisor with Beaver Water District (BWD), received the Water Works Outstanding Achievement Award on April 30 in Hot Springs. Blake Weindorf, 2019 Conference Chair of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association, presented the Award during the Water Luncheon.

Burch’s career with BWD began in 2003, when he was hired as a Water Operator II. In 2014, he was promoted to Operations Supervisor. Prior to joining BWD, Burch was a Water Quality Technician for the Washington County Conservation District. Burch holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Soil and Water Science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He also holds Grade IV Water Operators Treatment and Distribution licenses and Professional Operator Water Treatment Class IV Certification.

Founded in 1931, the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association’s goal has been to provide clean water. The organization hosts an annual conference drawing more than 2,000 attendees, most of them water professionals actively engaged in the design, management, operation and control of water works systems.

Beaver Water District’s mission is to serve its customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with our quality standards. The District supplies clean, safe drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities then pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers — more than 350,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – May 16, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

May 16, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Presentation – Fayetteville Stormwater Management Plan
  4. Presentation – Lake Sequoyah Dredging Project
  5. Recommendation – Employee Handbook Policy Updates
  6. Recommendation – FY 2020 Long-Range Financial Plan
  7. Recommendation – Property Acquisition
  8. Recommendation – Legal Counsel Retainer
  9. Other Business
    • AWWA ACE 2019 — Denver — July 9-12, 2019

May 3, 2019 — Water Week Kickoff Party is Monday at 2:15 p.m.

What: Kickoff Party to Celebrate Drinking Water Week

When: 2:15 p.m. on Monday, May 6th

Where: Beaver Water District, Water Education Center/Administration Center

Address: 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR 72745

Why: The event recognizes National Drinking Water Week, which is May 5-11.

Who: Media, General Public, Elected Officials, City Water Managers, Partners

Details: Lane Crider, CEO of Beaver Water District, will officiate the event. Bill Watkins, Beaver Water District board president, will make special presentations to customer cities and guest speakers. Beaver Water District will showcase the Your Water For Life public service campaign. This year diversity and inclusion are in the spotlight. Guest speakers will include Al Lopez (a.k.a. Papa Rap) of One Community and Melisa Laelan, CEO of the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese. The public and media are invited to attend. Expect refreshments and a commemorative reusable water tumbler and straw.

Contact: Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs, Beaver Water District, awilson@bwdh2o.org, 479-756-3651

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, 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.

April 24, 2019 — Public Invited to Kickoff Party to Celebrate Drinking Water Week: 2:15 p.m. on Monday, May 6th

Lane Crider, CEO of Beaver Water District (BWD), today announced a Drinking Water Week Kickoff Party & Press Conference to be held at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, May 6th, at BWD offices and Water Education Center, 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR. The event recognizes National Drinking Water Week, which is May 5-11. Bill Watkins, Beaver Water District board president, and Crider will officiate the event. BWD will showcase a Your Water For Life public service campaign.

“We want the public to know they can trust the clean, safe, affordable water Beaver Water District supplies to them,” Crider said. “We want them to know it’s their water for life. It’s for drinking, for use at home, for all needs that contribute to their lives, lifestyles, and businesses in Northwest Arkansas. We’ve been doing this work for over 50 years. The water is sourced from Beaver Lake, cleaned for drinking by Beaver Water District, and then provided to them by our hometown water departments – Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville.”

This year diversity and inclusion are in the spotlight. Guest speakers will include Al Lopez (a.k.a. Papa Rap) of One Community and Melisa Laelan, CEO of the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese. The public and media are invited to attend. Expect refreshments and a commemorative reusable water tumbler and straw.

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, 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 – April 18, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

April 18, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Presentation – Strategic Plan 2018 Metrics Dashboard and Report
  4. Presentation – Filter-to-Waste and Solids Processing Improvements – Construction Update
  5. Presentation – Public Affairs Annual Report and 2019 Campaign
  6. Other Business
    • 2019 Legislative Session
    • Invitation to Drinking Water Week Press Conference – Monday, May 6, 2019 – 2:15 p.m. – BWD Administration Center Meeting Room

March 29, 2019 – Alan Fortenberry Retires from Beaver Water District

After a distinguished 28-year career with Beaver Water District (BWD), Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E. is retiring.

“Beaver Water District offered me the job of a lifetime and I’ve used quite a lot of mine just trying to do it right,” Fortenberry said. “It’s been a great and rewarding experience to be a part of the growth and history of the District and of Northwest Arkansas and to work alongside some of the greatest people in the world.”

A resident of Springdale, Fortenberry joined BWD in 1991, as Plant Engineer, and in 2001, he was named CEO. During his tenure with the District, he led the expansion of the District’s facilities from 50 MGD to 140 MGD, including the completion of a nationally-recognized raw water intake facility on Beaver Lake, construction of a new solids handling facility, and renovation of the original Joe M. Steele Water Treatment Plant. Additionally, Fortenberry oversaw the development and construction of the current Administration and Water Education Center, on-site at the District’s campus, which earned LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.

Fortenberry, a native of Leachville, Arkansas, attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he earned a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining Beaver Water District, he worked as a Project Engineer for McGoodwin, Williams & Yates of Fayetteville and as an Engineer Supervisor for the Arkansas Soil & Water Conservation Commission (now known as the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission) in Little Rock.

Over his many years with the District, Fortenberry led efforts toward, and advocated for, the protection of Beaver Lake and the surrounding watershed. He was involved with many organizations that bolstered those watershed protection goals, including the Beaver Watershed Alliance, Ozarks Water Watch, the Northwest Arkansas Council, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Audubon, the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission. In addition, Fortenberry has been a member of the Springdale Kiwanis Club for 35 years. He served on the national Water Utility Council of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and was a governor-appointed member of the Arkansas Board of Health

Fortenberry’s professional accolades include receiving the 2010 AWWA Southwest Section Glen T. Kellogg Leadership Award, the George Warren Fuller Award in 2007, and he was inducted into the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association’s Glen T. Kellogg Water & Wastewater Hall of Fame in 2013. He was one of the inaugural recipients of the John Lewis Leadership Award by Elevate Performance.

He is a member of both the Academy of Biological/Agricultural Engineering and the Academy of Civil Engineering, and he serves on the Advisory Council for the Dean of the College of Engineering. In 2007, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of the College of Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds both Grade IV Water Treatment and Distribution Licenses.

Fortenberry and his wife, Trish, have been married for 48 years and have three children and six grandchildren. They are members of the Johnson Church of Christ, where Fortenberry serves as an Elder.

March 20, 2019 – Springdale Water Utilities Earns Best Tasting Drinking Water Award

Springdale Water Utilities took first place for best tasting drinking water on March 13th at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers during the monthly meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Waterworks and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA). Springdale Water Utilities will now compete for the statewide award during the 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition of AWW&WEA, which will be held April 28-May 1 in Hot Springs.

Bella Vista Water Association took second place. Other competitors included Beaver Water District, Rogers Water Utilities, Washington Water Authority, and Holiday Island Utilities.

Nathan Miles, Matt Walters and Ben Kennedy of Rausch Coleman Homes served as judges. They evaluated and scored water samples on clarity, color, odor, and taste. Nathan Hooper, Chair of the NW District AWW&WEA (Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority), emceed the event. Mayo Miller, Secretary/Treasurer (Jacobs) and Zak Johnston, Vice Chair (Washington Water Authority) 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 Rogers Water Utilities (2018), City of Bentonville (2017), Rogers Water Utilities (2016), Prairie Grove (2015), Beaver Water District (2014), and Rogers Water Utilities (2013).

 

Board Meeting – March 21, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

March 21, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Recommendation – Amendment and Modification – BWD Retirement Plan
  4. Presentation – eMaint Conversation Update
  5. Recommendation – Consent Authorization Resolution
  6. Recognition of Service – Retirement of Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E.
  7. Other Business
    • 2019 Legislative Session
    • Citizens Water Academy – Invitation to Graduation Luncheon – Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 11:30 a.m. – BWD Administration Meeting Room
    • Retirement Reception for Alan D. Fortenberry – Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 2:00-4:00 p.m. Drop-In – BWD Administration Center Meeting Room

Board Meeting – February 21, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

February 21, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Recommendation – Banking Resolution
  4. Presentation – Process Improvement Projects FY 2018
  5. Presentation – Filter-to-Waste and Solids Processing Improvements – Construction Update
  6. Presentation – EPA Risk Resiliency Assessments
  7. Other Business
    • 2019 Legislative Session

Arts Center of the Ozarks Exhibit Highlights John W. Tyson and Joe M. Steele: Open to the Public Through Feb. 15

SPRINGDALE – An exhibit unveiled Thursday honoring the induction of Springdale business icons John W. Tyson and Joe M. Steele into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is now open to the public at the Arts Center of the Ozarks through Feb. 15. The exhibit debuted to a VIP reception of more than 200, acknowledging their contributions to Northwest Arkansas and their families. The exhibit is available for viewing Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.

 

Both Tyson and Steele will be inducted posthumously into the Arkansas Business Hall of Honor at a Little Rock banquet Feb. 8. With 11 inductees from Springdale, only Little Rock can boast of more inductees into the prestigious hall. Tyson is well known for hauling a truckload of chickens to sell in Chicago and growing that success into a worldwide poultry leader. Steele, owner of one of the nation’s most successful canning companies, was instrumental in ensuring the completion of Beaver Dam, Beaver Lake and the water treatment plant at Beaver Water District that has led to the economic growth of the region.

Included in the exhibit are artifacts related to Steele Canning Company’s production of Popeye Spinach. Popeye the Sailor Man is celebrating his 90th anniversary this year. Also on display is an original Achievement “A” Food for Freedom Flag presented to Steele Canning Company during World War II. The company redirected 70 percent of its canning production to feed the Allies during the war.

For more information, contact the Arts Center of the Ozarks at 479-751-5441.