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/.
17th Annual War Eagle Appreciation Day event continues to provide education, outreach and stewardship for War Eagle watershed
Partners working together to bring a unique event to cleanup local waterways, volunteers needed for two stretches along War Eagle Creek.
17th Annual War Eagle Appreciation Day Clean-up Float Set for June 5
The War Eagle Creek Clean-up Float will be held Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm. Please join local community partners and show your appreciation for War Eagle Creek by cleaning its waters. War Eagle Appreciation Day event partners will provide goodie bags and limited free shuttle to experienced boaters who wish to volunteer!
This is a BYOB (bring your own boat) event. To reserve a shuttle for this float, please contact Beaver Watershed Alliance by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (470-750-8007). Two options are available for this volunteer cleanup event; a cleanup float from the Hwy 412 Bridge to Withrow Springs (shuttle provided by OAR outfitters) or Hwy 45 to “Gar Hole” (shuttle provided by War Eagle Creek Outfitters).
The alarm goes off. Time to wake up, brush your teeth, drink some water, make the coffee, prepare breakfast, take a shower, and so on.
There is a common denominator in the morning routine — reliable water on demand anytime you need it. In recognition of that, Beaver Water District is leading the charge to say “thank you” to essential water workers in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville during National Drinking Water Week, which is May 2-8. This commemoration is sponsored annually by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
“Our goal is to pay tribute to our customer cities and their water personnel,” said Lane Crider, CEO of Beaver Water District (BWD). “It’s been a challenging year and that may continue for a while longer. However, the pandemic has not interrupted the flow of water to homes and businesses in Northwest Arkansas.”
Making sure water is readily available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year takes teamwork that has been based on a regional approach for well over half a century. Beaver Water District pumps water from Beaver Lake to its treatment plants on the outskirts of Lowell. BWD water professionals use “conventional water treatment” to make the water safe to drink and pump it to the four cities. Then the cities store the clean water in water tanks and distribute it through pipes to their customers, more than 350,000 people and businesses throughout Northwest Arkansas.
“We invite the public to say thank you in person when they can and also post on social media with the hashtag #DrinkingWaterWeek,” said Amy Wilson, director of public affairs. “Remember to tag city and water utility social media, too. Notice all the city water tanks as you are out and about going through your daily routine. These are essential pieces of the drinking water infrastructure puzzle, along with the pipes that run underground, which we never see. It’s our essential water workers at Beaver Water District and with the cities who make all of the puzzle pieces fit and work together.”
For more than 40 years, AWWA and its members have used Drinking Water Week as a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Visit http://www.awwa.org for more information. BWD’s mission is to sustainably provide our customer with safe, economical drinking water. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org. Watch our 15-second Public Service Announcement.
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Visitor Center recently invited Beaver Water District (BWD) to set up a “Beaver Dam, Lake, and Water District History” display in the Visitor Center at 20201 AR-12, Rogers. The installation was designed by Dot Neely, BWD Education Coordinator, and installed by Neely (left) and Chris Pistole, Park Interpreter. The installation may be viewed through May 31 during Visitor Center hours Sunday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/hobbs-state-park-conservation-area or http://www.bwdh2o.org.