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August 14, 2020 — Beaver Water District Forms Compliance Department, Mindi Dearing Named Compliance Manager

Mindi Dearing has been named Compliance Manager for Beaver Water District’s newly created Compliance Department. The promotion will occur on Oct. 1. Dearing, former Laboratory Supervisor for the District for well over a decade, will be responsible for the research, analysis, and evaluation of regulatory activities that impact the drinking water industry and ensure the District is in compliance with federal, state, and local entities. In addition to ensuring drinking water quality, Dearing will also assist with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining the strategic initiatives of the District. The increasingly complex needs of regulatory compliance and sufficient coverage of work responsibilities prompted the formation of the Compliance Department.

Dearing joined the District on Jan. 10, 2005. However, she began her journey in the water industry while attending college in Stillwater, Okla., where she worked in a private laboratory that provided consultation and analysis for water and wastewater treatment plants. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and went on to work as an Environmental Chemist for the Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater Utilities department until she accepted the Laboratory Supervisor position at Beaver Water District and moved to Arkansas in 2005. Dearing also completed a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Strategic Communications from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in May 2019.

Dearing has been an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for more than 20 years and has served on multiple AWWA committees including Operator Involvement, Young Professionals, and the Emerging Water Quality Issues. She just recently handed over the reins of the Chair of the Top Ops Subcommittee for which she served from 2016-2020. She is also involved in the Southwest American Water Works Association (SWAWWA) and has helped promote and organize the Top Ops competition, a quiz bowl competition for workers in the drinking water industry.

Dearing received the Laboratory Professional award for the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association in 2007 and 2018. She holds a Class IV Water Treatment Operator and a Class IV Water Distribution Operator license through the Arkansas Department of Health.

August 13, 2020 — Virtual Secchi Day Science Fair begins Saturday; Fun and Prizes for the Entire Family

Beginning this Saturday, Aug. 15, the public is invited to participate in the first-ever Online Virtual Secchi Day Science Fair with videos and photos of Environmental and Water Education activities. Visit Beaver Water District’s website at  http://www.bwdh2o.org to get started. Provide us with feedback and win a prize! A Secchi disk is a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity. Sampling activities and the education fair, led by Beaver Water District since 2006, rely on partners and citizen volunteers. The data collected helps BWD monitor the quality of the water in Beaver Lake, the water supply for half a million people. To ensure everyone’s safety, the Secchi Day Science Fair is virtual this year.

July 14, 2020 – Beaver Water District Hydration Station at Ozark Smokehouse

Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Beaver Water District and Kessler Greenways will host a dedication ceremony to celebrate the installation of new Hydration Station at Ozark Smokehouse WASHINGTON CO., ARK – Local media are invited to join in the Hydration Station Dedication Ceremony hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, a non-governmental, nonprofit conservation organization. The ceremony will take place Friday, July 31, 2020, on the downstairs covered porch at the Ozark Smokehouse in Fayetteville from 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Attendees will include Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Beaver Water District Environmental Quality Manager James McCarty and other water district staff, Kessler Greenways Founder Frank Sharp, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust staff and Board President Eileen Jennings.

Beaver Water District partnered with the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust and Kessler Greenways to provide the hydration station. The station was installed by Frank Sharp and Cedar Valley Plumbing. It’s located just outside the Kessler Mountain Nature Center to provide clean drinking water to students, hikers and pets who visit the Outdoor Classroom’s 0.6-mile Interpretive Loop Trail, which is open to the public from sunrise to sundown 7 days a week. The trail is accessed from the picnic area just outside the Ozark Smokehouse.

Beaver Water District 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. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

Northwest Arkansas Land Trust is an accredited land trust dedicated to enhancing quality of life through the permanent protection of land. By holding and managing donated land and providing conservation easement services, the Land Trust protects water quality, local farms, wildlife habitat, and places for outdoor recreation while enhancing quality of life for today and future generations. The service area of the Land Trust includes 13 counties in Northwest Arkansas, with a core focus on Benton and Washington counties. For more information, visit the land trust’s website at www.nwalandtrust.org.

Board Meeting – July 16, 2020

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District VIA GoToMeeting Conference (To request to join the call, email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org)

July 16, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recommendation – FY 2021 Personnel Budget

Other Business

    • COVID19 Status
    • Secchi Day Citizen Scientist Sampling – Saturday, August 15, 2020
    • BWD Financial Report
    • Water Production Report

EXECUTIVE SESSION

June 18, 2020 – Beaver Water District Receives 2020 Exemplary Source Water Protection Award from American Water Works Association

Dr. James McCarty (left), Manager of Environmental Quality for Beaver Water District, and Matthew Rich, Environmental Specialist, sampling Beaver Lake.

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has recognized Beaver Water District (BWD) with the 2020 Exemplary Source Water Protection Award in the large water system category. Award recipients demonstrate the highest level of vision, goals, action plan, innovation, implementation and evaluation in the categories of small, medium and large water system. BWD, a wholesale drinking water provider, serves a population of 358,000 in Benton and Washington counties in northwest Arkansas. The system’s sole water source is Beaver Lake, a large reservoir on the White River that is vulnerable to high turbidity events and nutrient loads.

BWD partnered with the Northwest Arkansas Council to develop a Beaver Lake Watershed Protection Strategy, which became a key element in BWD’s 2012 Source Water Protection Plan. The District regularly revises and updates the plan as new data becomes available. In 2016, BWD’s Board of Directors voted to dedicate four cents per every 1,000 gallons sold to a Source Water Protection Fund. This funding ensures ongoing implementation of source water protection activities.

Through its Environmental Quality Department, BWD implements and oversees a variety of watershed protection projects, including watershed and reservoir monitoring/modeling, stream restoration and prescribed burns, research, GIS analysis, laboratory analysis, public awareness/education, and policy/regulatory review.

Currently, BWD is the sponsoring organization for a Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) on the West Fork of the White River, an area with critical watershed and streambank erosion issues. This program is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

“Northwest Arkansas is a fast-growing region with some major fortune 500 companies and our economic growth and vitality is directly tied to the availability of clean, safe drinking water,” said James McCarty, BWD’s Source Water Protection Manager.  “We believe that if we don’t protect Beaver Lake for future generations, no one will. We know we can’t do it alone, so we try to lead the protection effort in a collaborative way, as seen in the RCPP we are sponsoring where there are more than six participating organizations involved in an $8.6 million watershed improvement effort.”

About Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 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. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – June 18, 2020

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District VIA GoToMeeting Conference (To request to join the call, email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org)

June 18, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recognition – AWWA 2020 Exemplary Source Water Protection Award
  5. Presentation — 2020 Strategic Plan Update
  6. Presentation – FY 2019 Process Improvement Plan Report

Other Business

    • COVID19 Status
    • Water Production Report

June 11, 2020 – Annual Secchi Day Science Fair Goes Virtual in 2020

To ensure everyone’s safety during the coronavirus pandemic, the “in-person” 15th Annual Secchi Day Science Fair at Prairie Creek Park on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark., that was scheduled for Aug. 15, is cancelled this year.  Instead, the public is invited to participate via an Online Virtual Secchi Day Science Fair 2020 with videos and photos of Environmental and Water Education activities for local citizens and friends around the world to learn from and enjoy. This is a work in progress. Please keep an eye on Beaver Water District’s website at bwdh2o.org, as well as following Beaver Water District and our partners on Social Media pages. Secchi Day sampling activities will continue this year with all the necessary precautions to ensure everyone is safe. Secchi Day is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity.

Enter the Water Education Contest

Beaver Water District’s Water Education Contest deadline has been extended to June 30th. So, get busy and you’ll receive a Triangle Cooling-Cloth Bandana. It’s easy. Just choose from an activity listed below, take photos, then email education@bwdh2o.org with the photos, name and mailing address. Include the number of bandanas for those who participated. Supplies are limited to one bandana per person. Some photos will be posted to @BeaverWaterDistrict on Facebook. Please also post your photos to social media with the hashtag #bwdh2o. If you have a question, email education@bwdh2o.org.

 

  • Sweep your driveway, patio, or sidewalk with a broom instead of hosing it off or using a blower. This conserves water resources, reduces noise pollution, and saves on electricity.
  • Put leaf litter and yard clippings in a compost pile or a brown paper leaf bag you deliver to or have picked up by City Compost or Mulch facilities. Resource: Compost and Composting.
  • Spread straw, wood chips, or other organic mulch in flower beds, gardens, and erosion prone areas of bare soil. Resource: Conservation Tips for Landscaping.
  • Color a page from the Water Fun Facts Coloring Book.

May 21, 2020 — Beaver Water District’s Adam Motherwell Reappointed to National Water Committee

Adam K. Motherwell, CPA, of Fayetteville, Chief Financial Officer for Beaver Water District (BWD), has been reappointed to the Audit Committee of the American Water Works Association for a new three-year term (2020-2023).

Motherwell joined BWD in 2014. A graduate of the Walton College of Business, he has 42 years of experience, including 14 years serving as Associate Dean for Finance & Administration in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; corporate auditor; Arkansas Division of Legislative auditor; and University of Arkansas System Auditor. His credentials include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), past Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), University of Arkansas Credit Union Treasurer, and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the City of Fayetteville.

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 350,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, contact Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs, at awilson@bwdh2o.org.

Board Meeting – May 21, 2020

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District VIA GoToMeeting Conference (To request to join the call, email kmhoon@bwdh2o.org)

May 21, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recommendation – Preliminary Design Agreement for Engineering Services – Olsson – Western Corridor Transmission Line
  5. Recommendation — Preliminary Design Agreement for Engineering  Services – Black & Veatch – Western Corridor Pump Station
  6. Recommendation – FY 2021 Financial Plan
  7. Recommendation – Compensation Study – Salary Structure

Other Business

    • COVID19 Status
    • Water Production Report