- A.B.L.E. was founded in 1980. Founding members planned to work with local, state, and federal planning commissions and regulatory agencies to assure that land development in the Beaver Lake area does not result in a deterioration of Beaver Lake water quality and/or living conditions in the area surrounding the lake.
The Important accomplishments:
Forestalled the development of a 92-unit condominium project on the Prairie Creek arm of the lake which was adjacent to the park; their plans called for dumping 35,000 gallons a day of treated sewage effluent into the lake.
Instrumental in getting a moratorium prohibiting new or additional point-source discharges into the lake.
Spearheaded the drafting of a Benton County ordinance that requires an annual license for designated representatives; these are people who perform Perk Tests on your property.
Actively supported the updating of Fayetteville's wastewater treatment, thereby diverting some of the effluent discharges out of the White River Watershed.
Endorsed the use of low-phosphate detergent products as a means of lowering the nutrient level in Beaver Lake.
Actively opposed any lowering of water quality standards by the State of Arkansas.
Offered assistance in water quality sampling and the monitoring of possible pollution sources.
ABLE participated in the Audubon Secchi Day in 2006 and 2007. This is to be an annual event.
Also see Recent Events
Logo Contest 2006
ABLE has conducted a contest for local high school students to develop a new logo for our organization. The winner, by members' vote, is Heather McKellips, a senior at Springdale High School. She received a $100 savings bond and everlasting fame. The logo is shown above.