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Board Meeting – April 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)

April 16, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation – Western Corridor Transmission Line — Statement of Qualifications — Olsson
  5. Presentation — Western Corridor Pump Station — Statement of Qualifications — Black & Veatch

Other Business

    • COVID19 Status
    • Western Corridor Easement Acquisition Update
    • BWD Financial Report
    • Water Production Report

Important COVID-19 Announcement from the BWD Team

 

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with recommendations from the Governor’s office, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all Beaver Water District facilities are closed to the public until further notice. First and foremost, the District will continue to provide safe, clean drinking water to its customers. For up-to-date information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the CDC and the ADH websites.

Link here to our COVID-19 FACT SHEET | Spanish Version | Marshallese Version

March 16, 2020 — Holiday Island Earns Best Tasting Drinking Water Award

Dan Schrader of the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District (SID) did the honors when he accepted first place for best tasting drinking water on March 11th 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). Holiday Island will now compete for the statewide award during the 2020 Annual Conference & Exposition of AWW&WEA, which will be held April 27-29 in Hot Springs.

Second place resulted in a 3-way tie between the City of Bentonville, Bella Vista Property Owners Association (POA) and Beaver Water District. Other competitors included Rogers Water Utilities, Springdale Water Utilities, and Washington Water Authority.

Mitchell Reddington, Nathan Miles, and Ben Kennedy with Rausch Coleman served as judges. They evaluated and scored water samples on clarity, color, odor, and taste.

Past winners include Springdale Water Utilities (2019), Rogers Water Utilities (2018), City of Bentonville (2017), Rogers Water Utilities (2016), Prairie Grove (2015), Beaver Water District (2014), and Rogers Water Utilities (2013).

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. The following individuals are NW District 2020 officers: Mayo Miller, Jacobs Engineering, Chair; Zak Johnston, Washington Water Authority, Secretary/Treasurer; and Austin Ramsfield, Jacobs Engineering, Vice Chair. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information.

March 2, 2020 — Beaver Water District Hires Amber Ebbrecht

Amber Ebbrecht of Fayetteville has joined the staff of Beaver Water District (BWD) as Assistant Education Coordinator. Ebbrecht will assist the BWD Education Coordinator and the Director of Public Affairs with all education and public outreach activities, events, and tasks. This includes leading Water Education Center hands-on education and tours, providing classroom presentations, engaging in public outreach, and supporting strategies to continue the growth and use of BWD Water Education curriculum in schools, at the BWD Water Education Center, and with partner organizations. Ebbrecht has a B.F.A. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and holds a standard license in pre-K-12 from the Arkansas Department of Education. Her professional experience includes Director of Education and Outreach at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Volunteer Coordinator at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, and eight years as an educator in Fayetteville Public Schools. In 2017, Ebbrecht received a Fayetteville Public Schools Above & Beyond Award.

Board Meeting – February 20, 2020

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

February 20, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Presentation – BWD Master Plan

Other Business

    • BWD Financial Report
    • Regulation 37 — Rulemaking — Arkansas Nutrient Water Quality Trading
    • Water Production Report

Board Meeting – January 16, 2020

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

January 16, 2020 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recommendation – Amendment to Beaver Water District Employees’ Retirement Plan
  5. Recommendation – Amendment to Beaver Water District Flexible Spending Account
  6. Presentation – FY 2019 Audit
  7. Presentation – Budget-to-Actual Comparison FY 2019

Other Business

    • Western Corridor Pump Station Site — Prendergast Property Acquisition Update
    • Current Source Water Protection issues and discussion of future District policies/positions for development adjacent to Beaver Lake
    • Water Production Reports

December 18, 2019 – Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association Elects Officers, Presents Awards Recognizing Excellence

On Dec. 17 in Fayetteville, Ark., members of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA) met for their monthly training meeting. The following individuals will serve as officers for 2020: Mayo Miller, Jacobs Engineering, Chair; Zak Johnston, Washington Water Authority, Secretary/Treasurer; and Austin Ramsfield, Jacobs Engineering, Vice Chair. Nathan Hooper, Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority received a plaque recognizing his years of service as outgoing Chair. Stacy Cheevers of Beaver Water District, Northwestern District Director for AWW&WEA, presented outstanding achievement awards for 2019:

(Front row, left to right) Christine Schneider, Lab Professional Water, Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority; Tony Brown, Pretreatment Professional, Siloam Springs; Rodney Reynolds, Manager of the Year Water, Madison County Water Facilities Board; Mike Maynard, Small System Award Wastewater, Jacobs-Berryville; Tiffany Mallard, Lab Professional Wastewater, Springdale Water Utilities; Aaron Watkins, Water Operator more than 5000, City of Fayetteville; (back row, left to right) Duane Boyd and Darrin Byrum, dual award for Small System Award Water, Washington Water Authority; Tim Klossner, Backflow Prevention Professional, City of Bentonville; Mark Rogers, Manager of the Year Wastewater, City of Fayetteville; and Jeff Hickle, Wastewater Operator more than 5000, Jacobs-Fayetteville. Not present for the photo: Stacy Thompson, Water Operator less than 5000, Garfield Rural Water System.

Board Meeting – November 21, 2019

Tentative Agenda

Board of Directors Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District 301 N. Primrose Road Lowell, Arkansas

Technical Services Building

November 21, 2019 12:00 Noon

  1. Meeting Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes of previous regular meeting
  4. Recommendation – 2020 Board Calendar
  5. Request for Service – Western Corridor
  6. Presentation – Filter-to-Waste Solids Processing Improvements-Construction Update

Other Business

    • Conversion to Electronic Board Documents
    • AWWA ACE 2020 — Orlando, Florida — June 14-17, 2020
    • No Scheduled Monthly Board Meeting in December
    • Monthly Production Report — October 2019
    • Happy Holidays
    • Adjourn Meeting To Tour Of New Filter-To Waste and Solids Processing Facilities

November 4, 2019 — AHA brings new water bottle filling stations to seven Springdale schools; “H2O and GO” program also provides kids easier access with reusable water bottles

FAYETTEVILLE, Nov. 1, 2019 — The Northwest Arkansas office of the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization, will dedicate 21 new “H2O and GO” water bottle filling stations in seven schools over the course of two days, Nov. 5 and Nov. 8.

The local office of the American Heart Association – in conjunction with RB, Healthy Active Arkansas, the Beaver Water District and Tyson Foods – are working collaboratively to install more water bottle filling stations and give reusable water bottles to Northwest Arkansas schools.

The purpose of the H2O and GO stations is to provide schoolchildren with more access to free, clean drinking water, no matter where they live, what school they attend or what grade they are in. Water is a basic human need that kids cannot live without. In Northwest Arkansas, that water is sourced from Beaver Lake and made clean to drink by Beaver Water District. Cities then supply water to the schools.

Having access to a hydration station means schoolchildren can fill water bottles to take to class, rather than the routine three-second drink they get from a fountain with long lines, especially after P.E. Reducing sugary-beverage consumption by promoting proper hydration is one way the local AHA office and its allies are working to battle the region’s rising number of children who are at an unhealthy weight.

Washington County school-age children are 38.8 % overweight and/or obese; Benton Co. school-age children are 35.4 % overweight and/or obese, according to statistics from Arkansas Center for Health Improvement’s “Assessment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity in Arkansas” report.

“Through the AHA’s advocacy work and collaboration with like-minded organizations, we’ve made incremental changes to the amount of time schoolchildren are allowed at recess,” says Deven Daehn, the AHA’s community impact director for the state of Arkansas. “Unfortunately, obesity rates continue to climb to unacceptable levels.”

“We’re working to educate parents and their children about the dangers of living at an unhealthy weight so both generations can work together to build a world of longer, healthier lives,” Daehn adds. Springdale schools were chosen for the water bottle filling stations based on zip codes with the greatest need. Dedications for six of the new water bottle filling stations will be held at these days and times in these Springdale schools:

Nov. 5:

  • 9:30 a.m. JO Kelly Middle School
  • 10:30 a.m. Jones Elementary School
  • 1 p.m. Parson Hills Elementary School
  • 2:30 p.m. TG Smith Elementary School

Nov. 8:

  • 8:30 a.m. Walker Elementary School
  • 10 a.m. Elmdale Elementary School
  • 1 p.m. Lee Elementary School

There will be interview and photo/video opportunities at each dedication.

About the American Heart Association The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-479-439-6800.

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For media inquiries: Cyd King, communications director American Heart Association-Northwest Arkansas Cyd.King@heart.org (479) 439-6811 (479) 263-8473

November 1, 2019 — Beaver Water District “Top Ops” Team Places 1st Regionally; headed to Nationals

(From left) Dustin Mayhew of Springdale, Gabe Frost of Siloam Springs, and Steven Caudle of Lowell, all Beaver Water District (BWD) Plant Operators II, placed first to win the regional Top Ops Challenge competition held Oct. 22 in Branson, Mo., during the 2019 Southwest Section American Water Works Association’s annual convention. Now the team will compete for the 6th consecutive year in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Top Ops Challenge in Orlando during AWWA’s 2020 Annual Conference & Exposition, which will be held June 14-18. Top Ops is the “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy!” of the water industry. It is designed to promote excellence and professionalism and provide an opportunity for water professionals to showcase their talents in all aspects of water operations.