LSU AgCenter Watershed Summit To Address Rural Urban Water Concerns

Margaret F. Stoker, Coolman, Denise  |  7/29/2005 2:37:18 AM

News Release Distributed 07/28/05

BOSSIER CITY – Finding the correct balance for water use is on a lot of people’s minds these days.

To help developers and urban dwellers learn about the water-related issues involved in interface between today’s rural and urban areas, the LSU AgCenter is hosting the 2005 Northwest Louisiana Watershed Summit Aug. 11. The summit will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station near Bossier City.

Mimi Stoker, an LSU AgCenter area watershed agent from Sabine Parish, said this year’s summit focuses on urban and rural water issues.

"There are several issues involved when converting agricultural land to urban development," Stoker said. "We will have speakers at the summit who will address these issues."

Speakers on the agenda include Dr. Eddie Millhollon, an LSU AgCenter researcher, who will give an overview and direct a tour of a constructed wetlands project at the Red River Research Station.

That project consists of two ponds and is designed to show how using natural resources, such as a wetland, can improve the water coming off agricultural land.

In addition to Millhollon’s presentation and tour, Dr. Bruce Darling of LBG-Guyton Associates will discuss the Louisiana Water Management Plan. Darling has a wide range of experience in water-resource and hazardous-waste investigations in the southwestern, southeastern and central areas of the United States – having worked for numerous industrial clients, municipalities and state agencies. LBG-Guyton is the hydrogeology and environmental engineering firm in Austin, Texas, that authored the Louisiana Water Management Plan.

Afternoon presentations include a discussion on water quality assessments by Dr. Jan Boydston of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. In addition, Matthew Stephens, an LSU AgCenter area agent, will speak on agriculture’s "Good Neighbor Policy."

There is a $15 registration fee for the summit, which includes lunch, and the deadline for registration is Aug. 8. Checks should be made payable to Sabine Ag Extension and sent to Northwest Louisiana Water Summit, 820 Main St., Many, LA. 71449. For more information, call (318) 256-3406.

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Contact: Mimi Stoker at (318) 256-3406 or mstoker@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: A. Denise Coolman at (318) 547-0921 or dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu

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