WaterFest helps raise awareness
Approximately 850 fifth-graders from Lincoln and Bienville parishes got a lesson in water conservation last week during the annual WaterFest at Lincoln Parish Park.
Presented by the Sparta Ground Water Commission, Sparta Foundation and Devon Energy, WaterFest is an educational opportunity where students learn through hands-on activities.
For many years, the Sparta Aquifer — which is the primary source of water for several North Louisiana parishes and parts of Arkansas — has been being used faster than it can naturally be replenished by rainfall. This trend has led to lower water levels in the aquifer, resulting in water quality issues, such as saltwater intrusion and lack of clarity.