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The Sparta in Arkansas: a success story

At www.arkansas.com, there is a page titled "Sparta Aquifer Recovery Study." There, state officials talk about an ongoing U.S. Geological Survey study to document the recovery of ground-water resources as a result of implementing surface water in Union County.

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Saving the Sparta

Jefferson County officials visited El Dorado in October to hear what our Editorial community had done to help recharge the same aquifer. The Union County Water Conservation Board’s work has become a model for how other cities can address their critical groundwater area designations.
In 2002, Union County voters approved a measure that enacted a 1 percent sales tax to fund a system to get water from the Ouachita River to supply three of El Dorado’s major industries – El Dorado Chemical Co., Lion Oil Co., and Great Lakes Chemical Corp.

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Leaders to explore reservoir

Sen. Robert Kostelka, R-Monroe, and Reps. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston and Rick Gallot, D-Grambling will host the meeting, scheduled for Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. until noon in the Lincoln Parish Library Meeting Room. Gallot said Michael Thompson, with Governmental Consultants, LLC, would attend the meeting and brief those in attendance about what it takes to build a reservoir. Thompson worked with his brother, Rep. Francis Thompson, to build Poverty Point Lake in Delhi.

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Jefferson County study to look at cost of tapping into Arkansas River for indust

The study will look at what it would cost to tap the river at four points.
In El Dorado, which also draws on the Sparta aquifer, voters approved a 2002 measure that enacted a 1 percent sales tax to fund a system to get water from the Ouachita River to supply three of El Dorado’s major industries — El Dorado Chemical Co., Lion Oil Co., and Great Lakes Chemical Corp.
For that effort, Union County has become a model for how other communities can address changing water resources.

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Local legislators schedule reservoir meeting

Local legislators Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, and Reps. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, and Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, will host the meeting.
Gallot applauded Downs’ efforts for setting up the meeting.
“It took a lot of work to bring together the folks for this meeting,” Gallot said.
“Hollis worked hard to bring this all together.”
Downs said the possibility of reservoir came about as the three legislators discussed ways to bring economic development to the area, and make Lincoln Parish a destination for those seeking a place to retire.

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El Dorado tackles water problems

Below her, the past and future of El Dorado and Union County merged in the muddy water.
A fisherman in a bass boat floated downstream, only a good cast from a large intake system that can suck up to 65 million gallons of water per day from the river.
It's the place that tells part of the story of one of Arkansas' most severe potential water shortages and how a once-threatened city and county overcame a possible disaster.

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Downs: 'Declare Sparta critical'

"This is wonderful news to have Representative Downs join Representative Gallot and the people of North Louisiana in our efforts to secure a critical designation and a total solution for the Sparta Aquifer," Lincoln Parish Police Jury President Mickey Mays said.

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Does 'area of concern' equal 'critical'?

House Bill 388, filed by Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, and Sen. Robert Kostelka, R-Monroe, and endorsed by Reps. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston and Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, was unanimously approved by the House Committee on Environment this week, and now heads to the House floor for further debate.
The Fannin-Kostelka bill would have the Louisiana Department of Natural Resource's Office of Conservation replace the term "critical designation" when dealing with water problems to "area of groundwater concern."

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HB 388 a setback for the Sparta

Most letters submitted are between 150 to 400 words — well within our maximum limit. Those are usually from concerned citizens about any given issue or some organization with words of thanks for a successful event.
Then there are letters submitted by politicians. They fall into a category all their own. It usually takes a heavy duty staple just to hold all the submitted pages together. Such has been the case with several submitted by Representative Hollis Downs this year.

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Call the Sparta Aquifer what it is — critical

The Sparta aquifer is an aquifer of regional importance within the Mississippi embayment aquifer system. It consists of varying amounts of unconsolidated sand, inter-stratified with silt and clay lenses and extends from south Texas, north into Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee, and eastward into Mississippi and Alabama .
The Sparta is the main source of drinking water for north central Louisiana. A little more than half of Sparta water is used for public consumption and more than 40 percent is used by industry.

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