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Board Meeting – November 18, 2021

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District, 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR 72745

November 18, 2021 12:00 Noon

Email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org or awilson@bwdh2o.org for meeting information.

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recommendation — 2022 Board Calendar
  5. Presentation — Fourth Quarter Financial Report for period ended September 30, 2021
  6. Recognition — Amy Wilson, Public Affairs Director
  7. Presentation — Electricity and Water Do Mix

Other Business

    • CEO Report

November 5, 2021 – McCarty Receives Early Career Award

James McCarty of Fayetteville, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District, received a 2021 Early Career Award from the University of Arkansas College of Engineering. McCarty has a B.S. in Biological Engineering (2006), a M.S. in Biological Engineering (2015), and a Ph.D. (2020). College of Engineering alumni, faculty, staff and guests gathered on Oct. 30, to induct four new members into the College of Engineering’s Hall of Fame and recognize 34 alumni with Distinguished Alumni Awards and Early Career Awards.

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

Board Meeting – October 21, 2021

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District, 301 N. Primrose Road, Lowell, AR 72745

October 21, 2021 12:00 Noon

Email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org or awilson@bwdh2o.org for meeting information.

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

Other Business

    • Combined COO Report and CEO Report

September 22, 2021 – UA Students Awarded Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships

The following University of Arkansas (UA) students have received Joe M. Steele & Hardy W. Croxton Memorial Scholarships for Fall 2021. Jacqueline Steinauer (from left) of Fayetteville is pursuing a degree in Biological Engineering. Braden Wise of Greenland is focused on a degree in Civil Engineering. Jonathan Brye of Farmington is majoring in Environmental, Soil and Water Science. Beaver Water District Board Members donate board meeting attendance fees to the scholarship fund. 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. The fund is managed by the University of Arkansas Foundation. Donations may be made payable to the University of Arkansas Foundation, Inc. — with Joe M. Steele & Hardy W. Croxton Memorial Scholarship in the memo line — and mailed to University of Arkansas, ATTN: Gift Services, 1125 West Maple Street, Suite 210, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. For more information about making a tax-deductible donation, contact John Fray, Associate Director of Development for the UA College of Engineering, at johnfrayf@uark.edu.

About Beaver Water District

The mission of Beaver Water District (BWD) is to sustainably provide our customers with safe, economical drinking water. BWD pumps the clean water –sourced from Beaver Lake and then put through the water treatment process — to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then store, distribute, and resell the water to their customers. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

September 20, 2021 — Algae is the Culprit behind Drinking Water Taste and Odor Issues

Increasing amounts of algae in Beaver Lake may lead some customers to detect taste or odor in their drinking water right now. What is important to remember is that the water is safe to drink, according to officials with Beaver Water District (BWD).

“In the summer, conditions in Beaver Lake can favor the rapid growth of algae,” said Lane Crider, CEO of Beaver Water District. “While most algae are relatively benign, some can impact the taste and odor of the finished drinking water.”

Crider added that while some customers may be sensitive to its taste and smell, the blooms are typically short-lived.  Regardless, the water is still safe to drink.

Taste and odor issues occur as a result of environmental conditions, but human actions can be a contributor, officials said, adding that they want customers to understand the cause of taste and odor and be proactive about taking care of Beaver Lake. To help keep the lake free of too many nutrients, which contribute to the growth of algae, maintain your septic systems, don’t over fertilize lawns, and contain sediment and dirt on construction sites with silt fencing or other stormwater best management practices.

During events such as these, taste and odor at the tap can be minimized in a variety of ways. For instance, chilling water and/or adding some lemon to the water will help. In addition, carbon filters – the type used in water pitchers or attached to faucets, can be effective at removing taste and odor compounds in drinking water.

“These issues are not unique to our area,” Crider said. “These are seasonal aesthetic events that may last a few days or several weeks. The timeframe varies depending on specific water conditions and algal characteristics. No matter how short or long the duration of the event, however, we want to assure our customers that the water is safe to drink.”

For more information, link to this Fact Sheet on Taste and Odor. https://www.bwdh2o.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/091521-BWD-Taste-and-Odor-Fact-Sheet-UPDATE.pdf

About Beaver Water District

The mission of Beaver Water District (BWD) is to sustainably provide our customers with safe, economical drinking water. BWD pumps the clean water –sourced from Beaver Lake and then put through the water treatment process — to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then store, distribute, and resell the water to their customers. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – September 16, 2021

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

September 16, 2021 12:00 Noon

VIRTUAL: Email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org for meeting information.

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Welcome — Kevan and Bridgette Inboden
  5. Introduction — Steele Croxton Memorial Scholarship Recipients — 2021-2022
  6. Recommendation — 2010 Bond Refunding
  7. Presentation — Steele Building Renovation Project

Other Business

    • Combined COO Report and CEO Report

Meeting will adjourn to tour of the Steele Building.

August 2, 2021 – Annual Secchi Day Science Fair Goes Virtual Again in 2021

To ensure everyone’s safety during the coronavirus pandemic, the 16th Annual Secchi Day Science Fair at Beaver Lake will not be held in person this year, said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. Instead, the “event” will take place online, with videos and photos of Environmental and Water Education activities for local citizens and friends around the world to learn from and enjoy. School children and educators, as well as families, are encouraged to get online to have fun while learning about everything water, from why it’s important to care about Beaver Lake, our drinking water source for most of northwest Arkansas, to sampling for and identifying the “critters” that tell the tale of water quality. Secchi Day on Beaver Lake water quality sampling activities will continue this year on Aug. 21, as usual, with all the necessary precautions to ensure volunteer citizen scientists and those who work for partner organizations are safe. Secchi Day is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity. Visit https://www.bwdh2o.org/education-outreach/secchi-day/.

Board Meeting – July 15, 2021

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, AR 72745

July 15, 2021 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation — Dissolved Oxygen Dynamics in Beaver Lake
  5. Recommendation — FY 2022 Personnel Budget

Other Business

    • COO Report
    • CEO Report

Executive Session

Board Meeting – June 17, 2021

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, AR 72745

June 17, 2021 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation — Preliminary Design — Olsson — Western Corridor Transmission
  5. Recommendation — Final Design Agreement for Engineering Services — Black & Veatch — Western Corridor Pump Station
  6. Recommendation — Final Design Agreement for Engineering Services — Olsson — Western Corridor Transmission Pipeline
  7. Recommendation — Agreement for Engineering Services — Hawkins-Weir — Residuals Disposal Study

Other Business

    • COO Report
    • CEO Report