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March 29, 2019 – Alan Fortenberry Retires from Beaver Water District

After a distinguished 28-year career with Beaver Water District (BWD), Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E. is retiring.

“Beaver Water District offered me the job of a lifetime and I’ve used quite a lot of mine just trying to do it right,” Fortenberry said. “It’s been a great and rewarding experience to be a part of the growth and history of the District and of Northwest Arkansas and to work alongside some of the greatest people in the world.”

A resident of Springdale, Fortenberry joined BWD in 1991, as Plant Engineer, and in 2001, he was named CEO. During his tenure with the District, he led the expansion of the District’s facilities from 50 MGD to 140 MGD, including the completion of a nationally-recognized raw water intake facility on Beaver Lake, construction of a new solids handling facility, and renovation of the original Joe M. Steele Water Treatment Plant. Additionally, Fortenberry oversaw the development and construction of the current Administration and Water Education Center, on-site at the District’s campus, which earned LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.

Fortenberry, a native of Leachville, Arkansas, attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he earned a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining Beaver Water District, he worked as a Project Engineer for McGoodwin, Williams & Yates of Fayetteville and as an Engineer Supervisor for the Arkansas Soil & Water Conservation Commission (now known as the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission) in Little Rock.

Over his many years with the District, Fortenberry led efforts toward, and advocated for, the protection of Beaver Lake and the surrounding watershed. He was involved with many organizations that bolstered those watershed protection goals, including the Beaver Watershed Alliance, Ozarks Water Watch, the Northwest Arkansas Council, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Audubon, the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission. In addition, Fortenberry has been a member of the Springdale Kiwanis Club for 35 years. He served on the national Water Utility Council of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and was a governor-appointed member of the Arkansas Board of Health

Fortenberry’s professional accolades include receiving the 2010 AWWA Southwest Section Glen T. Kellogg Leadership Award, the George Warren Fuller Award in 2007, and he was inducted into the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association’s Glen T. Kellogg Water & Wastewater Hall of Fame in 2013. He was one of the inaugural recipients of the John Lewis Leadership Award by Elevate Performance.

He is a member of both the Academy of Biological/Agricultural Engineering and the Academy of Civil Engineering, and he serves on the Advisory Council for the Dean of the College of Engineering. In 2007, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of the College of Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds both Grade IV Water Treatment and Distribution Licenses.

Fortenberry and his wife, Trish, have been married for 48 years and have three children and six grandchildren. They are members of the Johnson Church of Christ, where Fortenberry serves as an Elder.

March 20, 2019 – Springdale Water Utilities Earns Best Tasting Drinking Water Award

Springdale Water Utilities took first place for best tasting drinking water on March 13th at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers during the monthly meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Waterworks and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA). Springdale Water Utilities will now compete for the statewide award during the 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition of AWW&WEA, which will be held April 28-May 1 in Hot Springs.

Bella Vista Water Association took second place. Other competitors included Beaver Water District, Rogers Water Utilities, Washington Water Authority, and Holiday Island Utilities.

Nathan Miles, Matt Walters and Ben Kennedy of Rausch Coleman Homes served as judges. They evaluated and scored water samples on clarity, color, odor, and taste. Nathan Hooper, Chair of the NW District AWW&WEA (Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority), emceed the event. Mayo Miller, Secretary/Treasurer (Jacobs) and Zak Johnston, Vice Chair (Washington Water Authority) assisted with the event.

The Northwest District of the AWW&WEA was formed in 1950. Its mission is to encourage the education and licensing of its members in the field of water and wastewater systems, and to provide a venue by which the members can share information, obtain training, and improve the overall standing of water professions. Monthly meetings are held in various cities throughout the 10-county district in Northwest Arkansas. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information.

Additional information: Past winners include Rogers Water Utilities (2018), City of Bentonville (2017), Rogers Water Utilities (2016), Prairie Grove (2015), Beaver Water District (2014), and Rogers Water Utilities (2013).

 

Board Meeting – March 21, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

March 21, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Recommendation – Amendment and Modification – BWD Retirement Plan
  4. Presentation – eMaint Conversation Update
  5. Recommendation – Consent Authorization Resolution
  6. Recognition of Service – Retirement of Alan D. Fortenberry, P.E.
  7. Other Business
    • 2019 Legislative Session
    • Citizens Water Academy – Invitation to Graduation Luncheon – Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 11:30 a.m. – BWD Administration Meeting Room
    • Retirement Reception for Alan D. Fortenberry – Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 2:00-4:00 p.m. Drop-In – BWD Administration Center Meeting Room

Board Meeting – February 21, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

February 21, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Recommendation – Banking Resolution
  4. Presentation – Process Improvement Projects FY 2018
  5. Presentation – Filter-to-Waste and Solids Processing Improvements – Construction Update
  6. Presentation – EPA Risk Resiliency Assessments
  7. Other Business
    • 2019 Legislative Session

Arts Center of the Ozarks Exhibit Highlights John W. Tyson and Joe M. Steele: Open to the Public Through Feb. 15

SPRINGDALE – An exhibit unveiled Thursday honoring the induction of Springdale business icons John W. Tyson and Joe M. Steele into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is now open to the public at the Arts Center of the Ozarks through Feb. 15. The exhibit debuted to a VIP reception of more than 200, acknowledging their contributions to Northwest Arkansas and their families. The exhibit is available for viewing Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.

 

Both Tyson and Steele will be inducted posthumously into the Arkansas Business Hall of Honor at a Little Rock banquet Feb. 8. With 11 inductees from Springdale, only Little Rock can boast of more inductees into the prestigious hall. Tyson is well known for hauling a truckload of chickens to sell in Chicago and growing that success into a worldwide poultry leader. Steele, owner of one of the nation’s most successful canning companies, was instrumental in ensuring the completion of Beaver Dam, Beaver Lake and the water treatment plant at Beaver Water District that has led to the economic growth of the region.

Included in the exhibit are artifacts related to Steele Canning Company’s production of Popeye Spinach. Popeye the Sailor Man is celebrating his 90th anniversary this year. Also on display is an original Achievement “A” Food for Freedom Flag presented to Steele Canning Company during World War II. The company redirected 70 percent of its canning production to feed the Allies during the war.

For more information, contact the Arts Center of the Ozarks at 479-751-5441.

Board Meeting – January 17, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

January 17, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  3. Recommendation – Appointment of Board Member to Vacated Washington County
  4. Position for Unexpired Term
  5. Recommendation – Olsson Master Agreement for Professional Services
  6. Presentation – FY 2018 Audit
  7. Other Business
    • 2019 Legislative Session
    • AWWA 2019 ACE, Denver, Colorado – June 9-12, 2019

December 17, 2018 – Northwest District AWW&WEA Elects Officers, Presents Awards Recognizing Excellence

On Dec. 12 in Fayetteville, Ark., members of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association elected the following officers for 2018: Nathan Hooper, Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority, Chair; Mayo Miller, Jacobs Engineering, Secretary/Treasurer; and Zak Johnston, Washington Water Authority, Vice Chair.  Brad Stewart, Springdale Water Utilities, received a plaque recognizing his years of service as outgoing Chair. Outstanding Achievement Awards for 2018 are below:

Water Operator less than 5000 population: William Winn, Winn Environmental Tech; Water Operator more than 5000 population:  Jesse Burch, Beaver Water District; Manager of the Year Water:  Kimberly Patulak, Springdale Water Utilities; Laboratory Professional Water:  Mindi Dearing, Beaver Water District; Backflow Prevention Professional: Jerry Cook, Springdale Water Utilities; Wastewater Operator more than 5000 population:  John Eoff, Springdale Water Utilities; Manager of the Year Wastewater:  Nancy Busen, Bentonville Wastewater; Small System Award Wastewater:  Mike Neil, NACA; and Pretreatment Professional:  Ashley Gregg, Jacobs Engineering.

Award winners (from left) Jesse Burch, Ashley Gregg, Nancy Busen, Kim Patulak, Jerry Cook, and John Eoff. (William Winn, Mindi Dearing and Mike Neil were not present for the photograph.)

 

The mission of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association, formed in 1950, is to encourage the education and licensing of its members in the field of water and wastewater systems and to provide a venue by which the members can share information, obtain training, and improve the overall standing of the profession within their communities. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information.

Beaver Water District, Staff Receive Awards and Recognition

Beaver Water District (BWD) recently received the Great Oak Award for Leadership and Support of Land Conservation from the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust (NWALT). Alan D. Fortenberry P.E., BWD’s longtime Chief Executive Officer, received the Beaver Lake Watershed Protection Champion Award from the Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA). Larry Lloyd, BWD Chief Operating Officer, received the BWA 2018 Beaver Lake Guardian Award.

About Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District (BWD) cleans and purifies drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas. BWD sells water at the wholesale price of $1.36 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. BWD’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. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

November 14, 2018 – Beaver Lake “Secchi Day” Data Released for 13th Year

On Aug. 18 for the 13th year in a row, volunteer citizen scientists collected water quality data on Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas during the annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake event. Beaver Water District (BWD) staff then analyze data and produce a report that helps answer this question: How is the water quality in Beaver Lake?

Matthew Rich, Environmental Specialist with BWD, spoke about results and data from Secchi Day with the BWD’s Board of Directors at their monthly meeting held on Oct. 18.

This year, 36 teams covered 35 sample sites throughout the lake. Sampling teams take Secchi disk readings to determine water clarity. They also collect water samples that are then tested by BWD lab staff for chlorophyll-a, total phosphorus, and total nitrogen to determine algal density and nutrient concentration. Secchi depth is a measure of water transparency that involves lowering a black and white disk into the water and recording the maximum depth in which the black and white pattern can be distinguished from above the water’s surface.

“Secchi depth is inversely related to the concentration of chlorophyll-a. Therefore, as chlorophyll-a decreases, Secchi depth increases.” Rich said.

“When it comes to producing drinking water, greater Secchi depths and lesser chlorophyll-a concentrations are best,” he added. “With each year that passes, we get a better picture of the variability in water quality at the different sites that are sampled.”

This year’s data shows that most water quality parameters were fairly close to the previous 12-year average.  The average lake Secchi depth this year was around 9.6 feet, which is a slight improvement over the long-term average of 8.9 feet.  The average lake chlorophyll-a this year was 9.42 parts per billion (ppb) which was slightly greater than the long-term average of 7.32 ppb.  The higher average chlorophyll-a concentration this year was driven in part by some unusually high values observed in the headwaters of the lake.  However, both Secchi depth and chlorophyll-a averages were well within the normal variations for the 12-year dataset.

“Year after year, Secchi Day continues to provide BWD with excellent data concerning the water quality in Beaver Lake.  There has been quite a bit of variability in the last twelve years, but the silver lining is that at this point, we do not have any indication that water quality is degrading,” Rich said.

James McCarty, BWD’s Manager of Environmental Quality, added that “Secchi Day is only one example of the work we do. There isn’t a week throughout the year that either BWD or one of our partners like the United States Geological Survey or Arkansas Water Resources Center is not either on the lake or in the watershed collecting data.  This data helps us to keep watch on key indicators of water quality problems and helps to assess our restoration and protection efforts within the watershed.”

To read this year’s Secchi report, link to BWD’s website at bwdh2o.org then go to the Secchi Day page here (https://www.bwdh2o.org/education-outreach/secchi-day/) and the report will be on the bottom left. Mark your calendar now. The 14th Annual Secchi Day & Science Festival on Beaver Lake will be held Aug. 17, 2019. The event includes many partners such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Northwest Arkansas Stormwater, Hobbs State Park, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Beaver Lake Fire Department, Ozarks Water Watch, One Community, The Ozark Society, and Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Secchi Day is one of the premiere water public awareness and education events in Arkansas.

About Beaver Water District

BWD’s Board of Directors meets monthly with the exception of December. The board consists of three members from Washington County and three from Benton County. They are elected to six-year terms. Every two years, a position comes open in each county. The board oversees BWD, which cleans and purifies drinking water sold at the wholesale price of $1.36 per 1000 gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. The raw water is sourced from Beaver Lake, which one in seven Arkansans relies upon as a source for water. BWD’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. For more information, visit www.bwdh2o.org.

 

Board Meeting – November 15, 2018

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors

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

November 15, 2018, Noon

            1. Meeting Call to Order
            2. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
            3. Recommendation – 2019 Board Calendar
            4. Recommendation — Amendment to Phase II of CMAR Agreement for Solids Facilities
            5. Recognition of Service — Board Member Cathy Foraker
            6. Other Business

          *Beaver Watershed Alliance Annual Friendraiser – Friday, November 16, 2018 –  Mt. Sequoyah Center, Fayetteville

        1. *Retirement Reception for Larry Lloyd – Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Administration Center Lobby – 2:00-4:00 p.m.