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October 16, 2019 – “Imagine a Day Without Water” is Theme for Oct. 23rd Fayetteville Trivia Night: Event co-sponsored by Fossil Cove Brewing Company and Beaver Water District

For immediate Release-Oct. 16, 2019

                 At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, “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 third 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).

“Fossil Cove Staff have been enthusiastic about promoting ‘Imagine A Day Without Water’ and planning Water Trivia Night to help raise awareness about the value of water and the Public Water Supply for over 530,000 people in Northwest Arkansas, Beaver Lake,” said Dot Neely, BWD’s Education Coordinator. “Many folks don’t realize accessible freshwater resources are surprisingly limited (less than 0.4% of all the water on Earth). And most of us never stop to think about where our drinking water comes from or why we should care. We just expect high quality, clean, safe water to pour from our faucets whenever we want because, for over 50 years, Beaver Water District and other regional drinking water providers have done such a great job making an abundant amount of water available for use at all times.”

Neely and Andrew Blann, Fossil Cove Brewing Co. Manager, are collaborating on plans for the event, which will be the first Trivia Night after a 2-week break. 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 fifth 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

Andrew Blann, Fossil Cove Brewing Co. Manager, said, “Fossil Cove is excited to partner with Beaver Water District to raise awareness of water issues affecting our community and educate customers about their water source. Fossil Cove utilizes the high-quality water available from Beaver Water District in all its brewing operations. BWD is a key reason we’re able to brew high-quality beer and they greatly contribute to the quality of life found throughout the Northwest Arkansas region. We’re happy to partner with them on Imagine a Day Without Water.”

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 — more than 358,000 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.

Board Meeting – October 17, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

October 17, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recommendation – Steele Building Renovations
    1. Olsson Amendment to Work Order #3 – Detailed Design
  5. Presentation – Source Water Protection Program Update
  6. Presentation – Secchi Day Report
    1. 2019 Secchi Day on Beaver Lake – Water Quality Results
    2. 2019 Secchi Day Science Fair – Public Outreach and Education Report
  7. Presentation – Beaver Watershed Alliance Annual Report
    1. FY 2019 Beaver Watershed Alliance Report

Other Business

    • 2019 Public Affairs Outreach & Media Quarter 3 Report
    • 2019 September Water Production Report

Oct. 14, 2019 -10:30 a.m. Dedication for Hydration Stations at Rogers Maple Grove Park

On Monday, October 14, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., please join both the Beaver Water District and the City of Rogers at Maple Grove Park, located at E. Oak/S. Arkansas as we dedicate two hydration stations – one at Maple Grove Park and another at Rail Yard Park.  Beaver Water District partnered with the City of Rogers to make the hydration stations possible. The stations’ amenities include a water fountain, a bottle filling tap, and a ground-level drinking bowl for pets. This partnership enables the City to ensure there is drinking water available at a variety of locations that continue to make Rogers’ trails and parks more user-friendly. Beaver Water District supplies clean, safe drinking water – sourced from Beaver Lake – to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These Cities pump, store, distribute, and resell the water to their customers. To learn more, visit Beaver Water District’s website at http://www.bwdh2o.org   To learn more about Rogers Parks and Recreation, visit www.rogersar.gov/parks.

 

October 8, 2019 – Ribbon Cutting for Hydration Station on Citizen’s Park Trail in Bentonville

Bentonville, AR……. Bentonville Parks & Recreation along with the Beaver Water District invites the community to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the installation of a hydration station at the Citizen’s Park Trail. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 10th at 2 p.m. at the Citizens Park Pavilion. Citizen’s Park Trail is located at 1101 SW Citizens Circle, Bentonville, Ark.

Beaver Water District partnered with Bentonville Parks & Recreation to provide the new hydration station. The station’s amenities include a water fountain, a bottle-filling tap, and a ground-level drinking bowl for pets. This partnership will improve the experience of those patrons using the Trail and Pavilion at Citizen’s Park.

Beaver Water District supplies clean, safe drinking water-sourced from Beaver Lake, to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities pump, store, distribute, and resell the water to their customers.  For more information on Beaver Water District, please visit: https://www.bwdh2o.org/.

To learn more about Bentonville Parks and Recreation, please visit us online at www.playbentonville.com, or call 479.464.7275.

September 19, 2019 — UA Students Awarded Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships

Bill Watkins of Rogers (second from left), President of Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors, is seated with University of Arkansas students Emily Sherrill of Rogers, and Jake Krier and Alyssa Ferri, both of Fayetteville, all of whom were chosen to receive Joe M. Steele & Hardy W. Croxton Memorial Scholarships for the Fall 2019 Semester. These 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. Board Members donate board meeting attendance fees to the scholarship fund. The fund is managed by the University of Arkansas. Donations may be made payable to the Joe M. Steele & Hardy W. Croxton Memorial Scholarship Endowment Account and mailed to Gift Services, 300 University House, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. For more information about making a tax-deductible donation, contact Ethan Hayman, Associate Director of Development for the UA College of Engineering, at ehayman@uark.edu or call (479) 575- 6018.

Board Meeting – September 19, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

September 19, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recognition — Steele Croxton Memorial Scholarship Awardees
  5. Presentation – Western Corridor Transmission and Pump Station Update
  6. Presentation – Northwest Arkansas Nutrient Trading Research and Advisory Group (NANTRAG) Update
  7. Other Business
    • Customer Appreciation Luncheon Update

September 6, 2019 – Ribbon Cutting on Monday for Beaver Water District/City of Fayetteville Hydration Station on the Niokaska Creek Trail in Sweetbriar Park

The community is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the installation of a hydration station in Sweetbriar Park along a newly completed section of the Niokaska Creek Trail. The ceremony will be held on Monday, September 9 at 1:30 p.m. in Sweetbriar Park (2636 E. Sweetbriar Drive, Fayetteville, AR.).

Beaver Water District partnered with the City of Fayetteville to make the new hydration station possible. Surveys of trail users conducted over the years have consistently shown that hydration stations are the most desired facility along the trail system. The station’s amenities include a water fountain, a bottle filling tap, and a ground-level drinking bowl for pets. This is an exciting partnership that will help make our trail system more user-friendly, particularly during hot weather. Beaver Water District supplies clean, safe drinking water – sourced from Beaver Lake – to FayettevilleSpringdaleRogers, and Bentonville. These cities pump, store, distribute, and resell the water to their customers. Niokaska Creek Trail construction is well underway with completion anticipated for the spring of 2020. The City of Fayetteville’s in-house trail construction crew is building the concrete 12-foot wide trail. The south end of the trail is in Gulley Park and travels along the Niokaska Creek, through Sweetbriar Park and connects to the Mud Creek Trail at the north end. Mud Creek Trail provides access to the Razorback Regional Greenway. Approximately 4,000 residents live within ½ mile of the Niokaska Creek Trail.

The public is encouraged to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony to help celebrate the partnership of the City of Fayetteville with Beaver Water District and to take a sneak peek at the newly completed section of the Niokaska Creek Trail. To learn more about the City’s trails program, please visit this webpage.

(Source: City of Fayetteville)

August 26, 2019 – Alex Shoemaker of Bentonville draws ticket for Grand Prize at Secchi Day!

Six-year-old Alex, son of Monica and Aaron Shoemaker of Bentonville, held the winning ticket for the Beaver Water District Secchi Day Science Fair on Beaver Lake grand prize kayak package, courtesy of Bass Pro Shops in Rogers. Alex won the package during the door prize drawing that culminated the 14th annual event held Aug. 17, 2019, at Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Beaver Lake. Pictured from left are Dan Skoff, celebrity emcee and Chief Meteorologist for KNWA; sister, Abby, 14; Aaron Sr.; Alex; James McCarty, co-emcee and Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District; brother, Aaron Jr., 15; and Monica. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org or find Beaver Water District on Facebook.

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.