Friday, August 15, 2008

Benton County meeting to share information about the watershed

Beaver Lake management meeting set
By Tabatha Hunter Staff Writer //
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008

BENTONVILLE — Benton County Planning and Development will sponsor an educational session for all who are interested in learning about the day-to-day operations and management of Beaver Lake.
The meeting will be at 6 p. m. Aug. 27 in the Quorum Court Room of the Benton County Administration Building in Bentonville.
The session, which is open to the public, will feature two speakers from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers: Park Ranger Alan Bland and Operations Manager Sean Harper.
Bland and Harper plan to give a 30- to 40-minute presentation about the Corps’ involvement with the lake, then answer questions from the public following the presentation. tion effort on White River, ” Harper said, adding that while the lake’s levels are still 8 feet higher than normal, the Corps expects the levels to be back to normal in October. According to Harper, normal level for the lake is 1, 120 feet above sea level.
“ The purpose of having the meeting is to explain the process of how we do business and the benefits of having the Corps’ presence, ” Harper said.
“ We are glad to come out and answer questions and to give some information on how we do things at Beaver Lake, ” Harper said.
The presentation will focus on park operations, the purpose the lake serves in reducing flooding along the White River, and the flooding Beaver Lake saw with the heavy rains this spring and summer, Harper said.
“ Beaver Lake is unique in we are the first flood-reduc-
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