About Beaver Watershed Alliance

The Beaver Watershed Alliance was formed in 2011 to establish programming to maintain high quality drinking water in Beaver Lake and improve water quality on the Beaver Lake Watershed.  The Alliance represents a diverse stakeholder group from conservation, education, water utilities, technical and science, business, agriculture, recreation, and local government groups working together for the cause of clean water.

Who We Are:

John Pennington, Executive Director

John Pennington, Executive Director

John is a native of Johnson County, Arkansas and joined the Alliance in June 2013. He holds a B.S. in Biology from ATU and M.S. in Environmental Science from Dale Bumpers School of Agriculture at the U of A Fayetteville. He has been involved with watershed management and outreach since 2006 as a Washington County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Water Quality. He currently serves on the boards of the Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership, Ozark Highlands Trail Association, and Multi-Basin Regional Water Council. John lives in Fayetteville, AR and enjoys floating, fishing, hiking and spending valued time with friends and family. John can be reached at John@BeaverWatershedAlliance.org or by phone at 479-750-8007.


Becky Roark

Becky Roark, Outreach Director

Becky joined the Alliance in December, 2016. She holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas. Becky has worked within the water quality and conservation fields since 2010, helping to develop the Low Impact Development Manual – A Design Manual for Urban Areas while interning at the U of A Community Design Center, she has served as an Americorps Volunteer with the U of A Office of Sustainability and Project Manager for the Illinois River Watershed Partnership where she designed and installed over 75 rain gardens in both the Beaver Lake and Illinois River Watersheds, helping to increase green infrastructure technologies for this region. Becky is passionate about watershed protection, native plants, and the preservation of natural areas, serves on the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Board, enjoys kayaking and bass fishing, and spending time with her two children, Luke and Abby.

Melissa Welch

Melissa Welch, Program Coordinator

Melissa joined the Alliance in September 2016. She was born in Alabama and has lived in Arkansas since 2013. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Rhodes College and is working on her M.S. in Biology at the University of Arkansas. Melissa has worked as a teaching assistant for the past 3 years at the U of A, while researching aquatic invertebrates in streams throughout Northwest Arkansas. She also is part of a Stream Smart volunteer group that does quarterly water quality reports on Baldwin Creek in the Beaver Lake Watershed. Melissa lives in Springdale, Arkansas and enjoys kayaking, hiking, and scuba diving. Melissa can be reached at melissa@beaverwatershedalliance.org or by phone at 479-750-8007.

Alliance Board of Directors

  • Trish Ouei, President
    UA Cooperative Extension Service, Benton County
  • Patsy Christie, Treasurer
    City of Springdale
  • Jeff Marley, Vice President
    Madison County Landowner
  • Brian Teague, Secretary
    Community by Design
  • Robert Morgan, Beaver Water District
  • Billy Ammons, CH2M Hill
  • Steve Brannan, Madison County Landowner
  • Ray Eaton, Mt Olive Water Association
  • David Pemberton, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce
  • Mike Roetzel, Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • Juliet Richey, Washington County Planning
  • Lonnie Horn, Washington County Farm Bureau and Landowner
  • Jay Schneider, Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area
  • Will Winn, City of Fayetteville
  • Frank Weaver, Madison County Judge
  • Steve Ford, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Retired
  • Larry Johnson, Real Estate Agent
  • Terry Phillips, Springdale Water Utilities