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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

Aug. 31, 2018 – Young People Create Art From “Tossed” Items That Could Harm Environment & Water Quality

On Aug. 18, 2018, Secchi Day on Beaver Lake attendees voted to determine winners of the Tossed Litter Sculpture Contest. In this new contest, young people took on the challenge to create art from “tossed” items that could potentially harm the environment and water quality. Taking 1st place with a rotary dial sculpture made from “tossed” litter (far right) was Hannah Ingalls, 10, of Garfield, a member of the Horsemanship & Apple Spur 4-H Club. Lilyan Lubbess, 9, of Pea Ridge, a member of Apple Spur 4-H Club, took 2nd place for a beautiful flower (far left). Jacob Jarding, 16, of Garfield, a member of the Apple Spur 4-H Club, took 3rd place for a coffin “sculpture” made from discarded cigarette butts. The contest, which also took place at the Benton County and Washington County Fairs, was sponsored by Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension. Beaver Water District partnered for the contest at Secchi Day. Benton County Fair partners were Benton County Farm Bureau, White Line Waste, and Benton County Solid Waste.  Boston Mountain Solid Waste partnered for the Washington County Fair. For information, contact Linda at lsimpson@uaex.edu or call (479) 271-1060.

August 24, 2018 – Carol Denefe of Rogers draws ticket for Grand Prize at Secchi Day!

KNWA Chief Meteorologist Dan Skoff (third from left) poses with (from left) John and Carol Denefe of Rogers and James McCarty, Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District. Carol Denefe held the winning ticket for the grand prize kayak and paddle donated by Cabela’s in Rogers to the 13th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, held on Aug. 18th and organized by Beaver Water District and a host of partner organizations and businesses. This year’s event drew almost 700 people, including citizen scientists taking clarity readings with a Secchi Disk measuring device and water samples for testing from Beaver Lake, as well as several hundred people and volunteers, many of whom enjoyed a host of hands-on educational and fun activities lakeside at Prairie Creek. The 14th Annual Secchi Day will be held Aug. 17, 2019.

Board Meeting – August 16, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

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

August 16, 2018, Noon

            1. Meeting Call to Order
            2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
            3. Presentation – Harmful Algal Blooms
            4. Presentation — Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality 303d List
            5. Recommendation – FY 2019 Budget
            6. Other Business

          *Secchi Day — Saturday, August 18, 2018

August 8, 2018-Secchi Day on Beaver Lake/Free Science Festival Aug. 18th Schedule Released Today

Bring the entire family out to Prairie Creek Park on Beaver Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18th to enjoy the 13th anniversary of Secchi Day, a FREE water appreciation science festival for all ages. Just plug the address 9300 N. Park Road into your GPS — and you’ll travel just a few miles east of Rogers off of Highway 12 in beautiful Northwest Arkansas to arrive at the Prairie Creek Boat Launch / West Shelter and Amphitheater. Look for the temporary signage along the road that will help direct you to the event. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with fun, hands-on water science educational exhibits and activities, music and dancing, kayak test drives, healthy snacks and frozen desserts. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. Then, 13 door prizes be given away at 12:15 p.m. You must be present to win. Door prize “totes” will contain an abundance of items and gift cards worth well over $100 in total for each tote. The grand prize is a kayak and paddle.

“Attendees will spend time with education specialists conducting hands-on science activities, 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,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for Beaver Water District. “This festival is fun and important to build appreciation for Beaver Lake and access to clean, affordable drinking water. After all, one in 7 Arkansans drinks water sourced from Beaver Lake. All ages enjoy this event, which is ideal for scout troops, families, educators and schoolchildren, 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.”

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.

“We’ll also have mini-concerts and CD giveaways featuring Water Fun Facts with Papa Rap (visit http://www.paparap.net to listen to songs). Children will be making their own handmade shakers (percussion instruments) from plastic water bottles and singing along in English and Spanish to original water songs based on the companion coloring book. Each family will receive a free CD, coloring books and other items,” Wilson said. She added that the Marshallese community will also perform traditional dance, while introducing some of their native culture and crafts. Northwest Arkansas has the largest Marshallese population (12,000) living outside the Marshall Islands.

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, the North American Lake Management Society, Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, and The Ozark Society. In-kind sponsors include Harps Foods, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, Cabelas, Outdoor Cap, and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. For information, email awilson@bwdh2o.org or visit https://www.bwdh2o.org/education-outreach/secchi-day/.

July 16, 2018 – Public Invited To Attend 13th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake At Prairie Creek Pavilion on Aug. 18th

Did you know that Beaver Lake is the source of drinking water for one in seven Arkansans? If you answered no, then this is the event for you! Bring the entire family out to Prairie Creek Park on Beaver Lake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18th to enjoy the 13th anniversary of Secchi Day, a free water appreciation science festival for all ages. Just plug the address 9300 N. Park Road into your GPS — and you’ll travel just a few miles east of Rogers off of Highway 12 in beautiful Northwest Arkansas 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.

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 conducting hands-on science activities, 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 and CD giveaways featuring Water Fun Facts with Papa Rap (visit http://www.paparap.net to listen to songs). Children will be making their own handmade shakers (percussion instruments) from plastic water bottles and singing along in English and Spanish to original water songs based on the companion coloring book. Each family will receive a free CD, coloring books and other items,” Wilson said. She added that the Marshallese community also is invited to perform traditional dance, while introducing some of their native culture and crafts. Northwest Arkansas has the largest Marshallese population (12,000) living outside the Marshall Islands.

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, the North American Lake Management Society, Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, and The Ozark Society. In-kind sponsors include Harps Foods, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, Cabelas and Outdoor Cap. For information, email awilson@bwdh2o.org or visit https://www.bwdh2o.org/education-outreach/secchi-day/.

Board Meeting – July 12, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

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

July 12, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

            1. Meeting Call to Order
            2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
            3. Presentation – Coves are Important Sources of Nutrients and Algae
            4. Recommendation – FY 2019 Personnel Budget
            5. Other Business

          *Secchi Day — Saturday, August 18, 2018 — 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. — Prairie Creek Pavilion

Board Meeting – June 21, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

June 21, 2018 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Recommendation – Amendment to Phase 1 of CMAR Agreement for Solids Facilities
  4. Presentation – Arkansas Drought Contingency Network Response Plan
  5. Presentation — Information Systems Department
  6. Other Business