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Board Meeting – August 15, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

August 15, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation – Filter-to-Waste and Solids Processing Improvements — Construction Update
  5. Recommendation – FY 2020 Budget
  6. Other Business
    • Secchi Day Science Fair on Beaver Lake, Saturday, August 17, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Prairie Creek Lakeside Amphitheater

July 23, 2019 – Public Invited To 14th Annual Secchi Day Science Fair on Beaver Lake on Saturday, Aug. 17th

Secchi Day Science Fair on Beaver Lake has become a tradition in Northwest Arkansas. Sponsored by Beaver Water District, the event draws several hundred people from Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas. This year’s event, logging in as the 14th anniversary, is Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Prairie Creek Recreation Area. Just plug the address 9300 N. Park Road, Rogers, Arkansas, into your GPS. You’ll travel a few miles east of Rogers off of Highway 12 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.

This year is made even more special with the attendance of Sara Peel, President of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). The mission of NALMS is to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow.

“We’re very excited to have Sara with us this year,” said Brad Hufhines, Environmental Specialist with Beaver Water District and former board of director representative for NALMS. “Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is one of the largest events in the nation that supports the Secchi Dip-In.  The Secchi Dip-In is an international program administered by NALMS that utilizes volunteer scientist to track changes in water quality.  While Sara is in town, she plans to tour the lake and visit stream restoration sites and low impact development sites that support the Source Water Protection Plan at Beaver Water District.”

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, 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 featuring songs from Water Fun Facts with Papa Rap. Children will be encouraged to sing along in English and Spanish to original water songs based on the companion coloring book. Each family will receive a free coloring books and other items,” Wilson said. She added that the Marshallese community, which has a heavy emphasis on water, also is invited to share native culture and crafts.

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, NALMS, Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, and The Ozark Society. In-kind sponsors include Harps Foods, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, Bass Pro Shops, and Outdoor Cap. Participating media sponsors include KNWA and 3W Magazine. For information, visit bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – July 18, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

July 18, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Presentation – Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and Pharmacy and Personal Care Products
  4. Recommendation – FY 2020 Personnel Budget
  5. Other Business
    • Miller Property Closing
    • Secchi Day Event – Saturday, August 17, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Prairie Creek Recreational Area
    • President of North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) to attend Secchi Day

July 8, 2019 – Governor Proclaims July Lakes Appreciation Month (Courtesy of Beaver Watershed Alliance)

(Courtesy of Beaver Watershed Alliance)

July 2019 has been proclaimed by Governor Asa Hutchinson as Lakes Appreciation Month in Arkansas. With over a half-million acres of reservoirs in Arkansas, summer is a great time to encourage all Arkansans to appreciate the lakes of our Natural State. By participating in recreation and stewardship activities, we can all enjoy and contribute back to support the benefits provided by our lakes, including drinking water for much of the state, as well as community and economic growth.

In addition to Lakes Appreciation Month being a time to appreciate lakes, it is a time to think about where we would be without high-quality water, and the importance of partnerships to protect natural resources from threats such as excess sediment and nutrients and invasive plant and animal species that put stress on waterbodies. The importance of protecting these lakes and reservoirs for future generations is critical to our quality of life, communities, wildlife, and potential for future growth and economic development, not only in Northwest Arkansas but across the state.

Letters of support for Lakes Appreciation Month have been signed by the Beaver Water District, American Water Works Association- Arkansas Chapter, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership, and Central Arkansas Water. Beaver Lake, one of the largest lakes in Arkansas, is the drinking water source for over 500,000 people in the NWA region.

The Beaver Lake watershed (area of land that drains to Beaver Lake) is 1,192 square miles of land and water, including rivers, streams, lakes, prairies, and forests, and is home to 17 incorporated municipalities. The landscape is woven together geographically by the White River, with the headwaters starting in the southern portions of Washington County and western parts of Madison County, flowing northerly into Benton and Carroll counties to form the lake. Beaver Lake also generates 142 million kilowatt hours annually for energy consumption and brings over $43 million to the local economy through recreation and tourism.

Lakes Appreciation Month is a signature program of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) whose mission is to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow. Many free, public, outdoor activities, including canoeing and kayaking on local lakes, volunteer monitoring programs, stewardship cleanups, and a rain barrel workshop, will be happening throughout the month of July.

Visit www.beaverwatershedalliance.org or call 479-750-8007 for more information and to RSVP for events. To learn more about the national Lakes Appreciation program, visit www.nalms.org. The Beaver Watershed Alliance is formed of a diverse stakeholder group representing agricultural, recreation, conservation, water utility, business, and private landowner perspectives who all work together for the benefit of Beaver Lake and its watershed.

June 24, 2019 – Beaver Water District’s Top Ops Team 5th in Nation

On June 11, Beaver Water District’s Top Ops Team competed and placed fifth in the national Top Ops competition at the annual American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) conference in Denver. Top Ops is the “college bowl” for water operators. Teams compete to answer technical questions related to the operations of water facilities. Join us in congratulating BWD’s team members, all of whom are Plant Operator IIs for BWD: (from left) Steven Caudle of Lowell, Dustin Mayhew of Springdale, and Gabe Frost of Siloam Springs. Nikki Holloway of Springdale (far right), BWD Laboratory Analyst, serves as the team’s coach. BWD Laboratory Supervisor, Mindi Dearing of Farmington, serves as Chair of AWWA’s Top Ops Subcommittee (not pictured).

June 19, 2019 – Beaver Water District Recognized by AWWA Partnership for Safe Water

On June 10, Beaver Water District received special recognition from the American Water Works Association’s Partnership for Safe Water for maintaining Directors Award status for the past five years. The 5-year Directors Award for Water Treatment is presented to plants in good standing that have maintained this level of performance. AWWA Partnership for Safe Water is a recognized leader in drinking water optimization, public health protection and utility recognition. In the photo are (from left) Jim Williams, AWWA President-Elect; Stacy Cheevers, Plant Manager, Jesse Burch, Operations Supervisor, and Mindi Dearing, Laboratory Supervisor, Beaver Water District staff; and Jennifer McLain, Acting Director, U.S. EPA Office, Groundwater and Drinking Water.

The mission of BWD is to serve 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 — more than 350,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

June 18, 2019 – 15 Individuals Complete 2nd Beaver Water District Citizens Water Academy

Fifteen area leaders recently received plaques recognizing their completion of Beaver Water District’s 2nd Citizens Water Academy: (back row, left to right) Craig Rivaldo, Arvest Bank Bentonville; Dax Weindorf, Lighthouse Financial; Steve Keith, NWA Regional Airport; Daniel Ellis, Crafton Tull; Tim McFarland, Elevate Performance, LLC; Les Rau, Cargill; (middle row, left to right) Ben Brantmeier, Bancorp South; Kyle Weaver, Office of U. S. Rep. Steve Womack; Jacquelyn Hudson, Rockline Industries; Jay Schneider, Hobbs State Park; and (front row, left to right) Stephanie Neipling, UA Division of Agriculture; Joe Hiryak, Fayetteville Window Washing; Brent Farmer, Flintco, LLC; Terri Lane, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust; and Colt Bailey, City of Lowell. (Photo courtesy of Beaver Water District). To be considered for the next class, send an email to Kayla Mhoon at kmhoon@bwdh2o.org.

The purpose of the Citizens Water Academy is to educate a select group of NWA leaders about the history and organizational makeup of BWD, the process of producing and distributing safe and affordable drinking water from Beaver Lake to our customer cities, and the protection of the Beaver Lake watershed. The goal is to enable the members to serve as ambassadors and to advocate on BWD’s behalf. This is beneficial not only to BWD and the protection of water quality in Beaver Lake, but it also supports community sustainability and regional economic growth.

The mission of BWD is to serve 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 — more than 350,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, visit 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

June 20, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. FOIA Compliance Update – Recording of Board Meeting
  4. Presentation – FYI 2019 Mid-Year Financial Update
  5. Presentation – Lakes Appreciation Month
  6. Other Business
    • Recognition — Beaver Water District’s Top Ops Team
    • Electronic Documents and Tablets for Board Meetings
    • AMWA 2019 Executive Management Conference — Newport, Rhode Island — October 20-23, 2019

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