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Next school year, fifth graders across the parish are going to learn about a topic close to the heart of residents of Lincoln Parish — water conservation.

Lindsay Gouedy, Louisiana Sparta Commission educator, is working to recreate a program called Water Fest that has been successful with Claiborne Parish sixth-graders for the past eight years. The program consists of a day-long off-campus learning experience with six different activities that introduce such topics as conservation, water rights and quality issues. Students also explore geological aspects of drinking water and how various gadgets work to protect the supply.

Teresa Price, LSU AgCenter associate extension agent and Claiborne Parish chair, said the neighboring parish adopted the program in 2003. This was around the time citizens began to realize the full extent of the issues surrounding the depletion of the Sparta Aquifer.

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