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November 14, 2018 – Beaver Lake “Secchi Day” Data Released for 13th Year

On Aug. 18 for the 13th year in a row, volunteer citizen scientists collected water quality data on Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas during the annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake event. Beaver Water District (BWD) staff then analyze data and produce a report that helps answer this question: How is the water quality in Beaver Lake?

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. 18.

This year, 36 teams covered 35 sample sites throughout the lake. Sampling teams take Secchi disk readings to determine water clarity. They 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 black and white pattern can be distinguished from above the water’s surface.

“Secchi depth is inversely related to the concentration of chlorophyll-a. Therefore, as chlorophyll-a decreases, Secchi depth increases.” Rich said.

“When it comes to producing drinking water, greater Secchi depths and lesser chlorophyll-a concentrations are best,” he added. “With each year that passes, we get a better picture of the variability in water quality at the different sites that are sampled.”

This year’s data shows that most water quality parameters were fairly close to the previous 12-year average.  The average lake Secchi depth this year was around 9.6 feet, which is a slight improvement over the long-term average of 8.9 feet.  The average lake chlorophyll-a this year was 9.42 parts per billion (ppb) which was slightly greater than the long-term average of 7.32 ppb.  The higher average chlorophyll-a concentration this year was driven in part by some unusually high values observed in the headwaters of the lake.  However, both Secchi depth and chlorophyll-a averages were well within the normal variations for the 12-year dataset.

“Year after year, Secchi Day continues to provide BWD with excellent data concerning the water quality in Beaver Lake.  There has been quite a bit of variability in the last twelve years, but the silver lining is that at this point, we do not have any indication that water quality is degrading,” Rich said.

James McCarty, BWD’s Manager of Environmental Quality, added that “Secchi Day is only one example of the work we do. There isn’t a week throughout the year that either BWD or one of our partners like the United States Geological Survey or Arkansas Water Resources Center is not either on the lake or in the watershed collecting data.  This data helps us to keep watch on key indicators of water quality problems and helps to assess our restoration and protection efforts within the watershed.”

To read this year’s Secchi report, link to BWD’s website at bwdh2o.org then go to the Secchi Day page here (https://www.bwdh2o.org/education-outreach/secchi-day/) and the report will be on the bottom left. Mark your calendar now. The 14th Annual Secchi Day & Science Festival on Beaver Lake will be held Aug. 17, 2019. The event includes many partners such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Northwest Arkansas Stormwater, Hobbs State Park, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Beaver Lake Fire Department, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, The Ozark Society, and Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Secchi Day is one of the premiere water public awareness and education events in Arkansas.

About Beaver Water District

BWD’s Board of Directors meets monthly with the exception of December. The board consists of three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. They are elected to six-year terms. Every two years, a position comes open in each county. The board oversees BWD, which cleans and purifies drinking water sold at the wholesale price of $1.36 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. The raw water is sourced from Beaver Lake, which one in seven Arkansans relies upon as a source for water. BWD’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. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

 

Board Meeting – November 15, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

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

November 15, 2018, Noon

            1. Meeting Call to Order
            2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
            3. Recommendation – 2019 Board Calendar
            4. Recommendation — Amendment to Phase II of CMAR Agreement for Solids Facilities
            5. Recognition of Service — Board Member Cathy Foraker
            6. Other Business

          *Beaver Watershed Alliance Annual Friendraiser – Friday, November 16, 2018 –  Mt. Sequoyah Center, Fayetteville

        1. *Retirement Reception for Larry Lloyd – Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Administration Center Lobby – 2:00-4:00 p.m.

November 5, 2018 – Beaver Water District “Top Ops” Team Places 1st Regionally for 5th Year in a Row; Headed to National Competition for 5th Consecutive Year

Beaver Water District (BWD), drinking water supplier for more than 40 years in Northwest Arkansas, placed 1st in the Southwest Section-American Water Works Association (SWAWWA) Top Ops Challenge last week in Baton Rouge, La. The team members are (from left) Dustin Mayhew of Springdale, BWD Plant Operator II; Steven Caudle of Lowell, BWD Plant Operator II; and Gabe Frost of Siloam Springs, BWD Plant Operator II. Jesse Burch of Bella Vista, Operations Supervisor, serves as the team’s coach. Mindi Dearing of Farmington, Laboratory Supervisor, serves as Chair of the AWWA Top Ops Subcommittee.

Now the team will compete for the 5th consecutive year in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Top Ops Challenge in Denver during AWWA’s 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition, which will be held June 9-13. This event gathers together more than 13,000 water professionals from around the world. Top Ops is the “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy!” of the water industry. The Top Ops Challenge is designed to promote excellence and professionalism and provide an opportunity for water professionals to showcase their talents in all aspects of water operations. Established in 1881, AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. For more information, visit www.awwa.org.

 About Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District (BWD) cleans and purifies water from Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas. BWD sells the drinking water at the wholesale price of $1.36 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. In total, these cities and their customers serve about 330,000 people. BWD’s board meets monthly with the exception of December. The board consists of three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. They are elected to six-year terms and every two years a position comes open in each county. 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. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

October 16, 2018 – UA Students Awarded Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships: Donations Sought For Students Focusing on Careers in the Water Sector

Bill Watkins of Rogers, President of Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors, recognized University of Arkansas students Emily Sherrill of Rogers, and Alyssa Ferri and Trent Woessner (not pictured) both of Fayetteville with Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships.

The Beaver Water District (BWD) Board of Directors recently recognized University of Arkansas students Trent Woessner and Alyssa Ferri of Fayetteville and Emily Sherrill of Rogers, with Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships of $2000 each for this academic year (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters). The scholarships are funded by participating Beaver Water District board members and others who contribute to the Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships. Each director donates her/his board meeting attendance fees to the Scholarship Fund. The fund is managed by the University of Arkansas Foundation Inc. Donations may be made payable to the Joe M. Steele & Hardy W. Croxton Memorial Scholarship Endowment and mailed to Gift Services, 300 University House, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. For more information about making a tax-deductible donation, contact Emily Wood, Associate Director of Development and External Relations for the UA College of Engineering, at eewood@uark.edu or call (479) 575- 3075.  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 Scholarship Fund began in 2006 at the encouragement of former BWD board member Walter Turnbow of Springdale. The scholarship is named in honor of the late Joe M. Steele, who served on the BWD Board for many years and played a pivotal role in the founding of BWD and the building of the first water treatment plant and the water intake at Beaver Lake, and the late Hardy W. Croxton, who served on the BWD board for 40 years. The first scholarship of $1,000 was awarded in 2011. Since that time, $40,100 has been awarded.

Board Meeting – October 18, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

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

October 18, 2018, Noon

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

          Beaver Watershed Alliance Annual Friendraiser – Friday, November 16, 2018 –  Mt. Sequoyah Center, Fayetteville

October 9, 2018 – Trivia Night on Oct. 10 at Ozark Beer Company in Rogers Focuses on Imagine a Day Without

 

From 6- 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, there will be a special Water Trivia Night at Ozark Beer Company. Trivia will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Ozark Beer Company, 109 North Arkansas St., in Rogers, Ark., is

 co-sponsoring the Trivia Night with Beaver Water District (BWD) in recognition of “Imagine a Day Without Water.” This is the first year Ozark Beer Company and BWD will partner on the event. Tyler’s Craft BBQ will be open and serving from their food truck that night.

“We’re excited to partner with Ozark Beer Company on a Water Trivia Night. Focusing on the value of water to the public while also observing the national Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign just makes sense,” said Amy Wilson, BWD’s Director of Public Affairs.

Wilson added that BWD staffer Matthew Rich will be on hand to help engage the public and provide Imagine a Day Without Water prizes to winners. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning teams include “No Water No Beer”Ò T-shirts, pint glasses, and can koozies from the American Water Works Association. Additional BWD branded items, such as collapsible silicone pet bowls, pet waste bag dispensers, reusable water bottles and more, will be available for all “Water Trivia” Night participants.

BWD and Ozark Beer Company are joining with many elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, and businesses participating throughout the United States in the fourth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, hundreds of organizations across the country will host events aimed at raising 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

“We’re thrilled that Beaver Water District and Ozark Beer Company are a part of Imagine a Day Without Water. This national day of action educates our neighbors and public officials about the essential role water plays in all our lives, and the threat that aging and underfunded water infrastructure poses to our communities and economy,” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign.

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 $1.36 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.

Media Contacts

Amy Wilson | Beaver Water District Public Affairs Director | awilson@bwdh2o.org |o. 479.756.3651

Abigail Gardner |Value of Water Campaign Communications Director| agardner@thevalueofwater.org| o. 412 421 0809 | c. 412 977 3051

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 Value of Water Campaign is building public and political will for investment in America’s water infrastructure.

October 2, 2018 — Trivia Night on Oct. 10 in Fayetteville to Focus on Imagine A Day Without Water: Event Co-sponsored by Fossil Cove Brewing Company and Beaver Water District

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, “Water” will be the theme for a special Trivia Night in observance of “Imagine A Day Without Water” at Fossil Cove Brewing Co., 1946 N. Birch Ave., in Fayetteville, Ark. This is the second year Fossil Cove and Beaver Water District (BWD) have partnered on a “Water Trivia” Night and participated in the annual “Imagine A Day Without Water” campaign, launched in 2015 to secure a sustainable water future (imagineadaywithoutwater.org).

“We greatly appreciate another opportunity to work with Fossil Cove Brewing Company on a Water Trivia Night that helps raise public awareness about the value of water,” said Amy Wilson, BWD’s Director of Public Affairs. “Last year, the evening was a big success with about 150 people joining in the fun! We’re looking forward to some lively competition again this year.”

Wilson added that Dot Neely, BWD Education Coordinator, has been collaborating on plans for the event with Andrew Blann, Fossil Cove Brewing Co. Manager, Erika Gamarra, Fossil Cove Graphic Artist, and Trivia Night Emcee Will Sharp. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning teams include “No Water No Beer”Ò T-shirts, pint glasses, and can koozies from the American Water Works Association. Additional BWD branded items, such as collapsible silicone pet bowls, pet waste bag dispensers, reusable water bottles and more, will be available for all “Water Trivia” Night participants.

BWD and Fossil Cove have joined with many elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, and businesses throughout the United States to participate in the fourth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of advocacy and education about how valuable and essential water is in all aspects of life. Led by the Value of Water Campaign (thevalueofwater.org), hundreds of organizations across the country will host events aimed at raising 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

“We’re thrilled that Beaver Water District and Fossil Cove Brewing Co. are a part of Imagine a Day Without Water. This national day of action educates our neighbors and public officials about the essential role water plays in all our lives, and the threat that aging and underfunded water infrastructure poses to our communities and economy,” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign.

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 $1.36 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. Fossil Cove Brewing Co. noted that the turnout for Water Trivia may be greater than usual and seating is limited, so bring a chair and plan to arrive before or by 6:30 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m.

Media Contacts

Amy Wilson | Beaver Water District Public Affairs Director | awilson@bwdh2o.org |o. 479.756.3651

Abigail Gardner |Value of Water Campaign Communications Director| agardner@thevalueofwater.org| o. 412 421 0809 | c. 412 977 3051

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 Value of Water Campaign is building public and political will for investment in America’s water infrastructure.

October 1, 2018 – Beaver Water District Hires New Staff

Darryl Fendley, P.E., of Springdale, has joined the staff of Beaver Water District (BWD). Fendley will move into the Plant Engineer position upon the promotion of Plant Engineer Bill HagenBurger to Chief Operating Officer at the end of this year. Cody Hudson, P.E., of Fayetteville, also joined the staff of BWD as Environmental Engineer.

Fendley, a registered Professional Engineer, will be responsible for engineering and construction supervision of District projects. This includes the efficient, effective, and economical implementation and management of construction projects and engineering work. His duties will include preparing and managing the engineering department budget; resolving operations and procedures; reviewing and evaluating programs and project performance; and preparing reports and related data. Fendley has a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a B.S. in Physics from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.  Most recently, he served as Director of Engineering and Product Manager for BlueInGreen in Fayetteville for six years. Previously, he worked as a Design Engineer for Garver Engineers in Fayetteville. He also did a three-year stint in Central Asia providing direction and oversight and teaching English as a second language for a team of cross-cultural workers facing language and culture barriers. Additionally, Fendley served as a Research Assistant at UA-Fayetteville for three years, where he developed and implemented research and wrote technical papers.

Hudson will write and review proposals, work collaboratively with team members and outside agencies and participate in a broad range of environmental, technical and scientific tests, studies, assessments and monitoring programs. He also will provide technical assistance in the evaluation and implementation of BWD’s Source Water Protection Program such as creation of GIS databases, compilation and analysis of GIS data on land use and related impacts to the water resource. In addition, he will produce monthly informational reports on plant performance, water quality and environmental quality for BWD management, as well as update source water assessment and evaluate the impact of short-term land change scenarios on source water quality. Hudson earned a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. Most recently, Hudson worked as a Water Resources Engineer for FTN Associates in Fayetteville. Prior to that, he spent six years with Intera, Inc., in Austin as a Water Resources Engineer, where he served as Surface Water Group Leader managing four staffers and numerous projects. Prior to that, he was a Research Assistant at the University of Texas for a year. Additionally, he spent three years as a Construction Engineer with the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

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 $1.36 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 330,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org/service-area.

September 27, 2018 – Lane Crider Joins Beaver Water District Staff

On Sept. 27, the Beaver Water District (BWD) Board of Directors announced the hiring of M. Lane Crider P.E., LEED AP, of Fayetteville. Crider will join BWD on Oct. 1. He will move into the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) role upon the retirement of longtime CEO Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E., in 2019. Crider is a Registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas. From 1989 to 2018, he worked for McGoodwin, Williams and Yates, Inc. and MWY, a Division of Olsson Associates. He began his career with McGoodwin while still a student at the University of Arkansas in the role of intern. His nearly 30 years of experience with MWY includes water and wastewater treatment plant design; water transmission, distribution, and storage; wastewater collection and transmission; sludge application and industrial pre-treatment; street, paving and storm sewer design; sanitary sewer rehabilitation; municipal utility relocation and reconstruction; and many other areas of design and construction for private and municipal projects.

Crider has served on the state Board of Directors of the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE), as well as in officer’s positions for its Northwest District Chapter. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA), most recently as the 2017 Past Chair. He has served on the Legislative Committee for the Arkansas Water and Wastewater Managers Association (AWWMA) and has experience testifying before the Arkansas House and Senate subcommittees. In 2016-2017, Crider served on the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Water Utility Council’s Technical Advisory Workgroup for the review and response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) six-year review of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

Crider is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the AWWA, the Southwest Section of the AWWA, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Arkansas Water Environment Association (AWEA), the AWW&WEA, the American Public Works Association (APWA), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the ACEC/A Emerging Leaders Board of Directors, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the ASPE.

Crider’s service to the community includes Rotary International, Northside Rotary Club, Arkansas 811 Board of Directors, First Christian Church, and Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. His awards and recognitions include ASPE Young Engineer of the Year, ASPE Distinguished Service Award, Northside Rotary Club’s Rotarian of the Year, and Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. He was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineers in 2013.

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. (This rate increases to $1.36 per thousand gallons on Oct. 1.) These cities then pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers — more than 330,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – September 27, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

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

September 27, 2018, Noon

            1. Meeting Call to Order
            2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
            3. Recognition – Steele/Croxton Memorial Scholarship Recipients
            4. Recommendation — Employment Matter
            5. Presentation — Status Report – Solids Facilities Phase I Project
            6. Presentation — Solids Handling Facilities Overview
            7. Other Business

          Adjourn to Tour of Solids Facilities