Sparta Group Endorses Lt. Gov’s ‘Sparta Summit’

The idea of a sixteen parish “Sparta Summit” meeting put forth Monday by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser was formally endorsed by the Sparta Groundwater Commission at their quarterly meeting yesterday in Farmerville.

That regional meeting is designed to build grass-roots support for a unified course of action, along with possible funding ideas, related to the area’s primary source of safe drinking water.

Yesterday’s meeting also saw discussion of ideas put forward at Monday’s meeting, including the issue of water losses in the area’s water systems. It was estimated that as much as 15% of the water pumped from the aquifer doesn’t reach the user.

The group also heard from Todd Thomas, a VP with Central States Water Resources, a private water utility company.

Thomas said the company is doing very preliminary estimates on a water system at Lake Erling, just north of Springhill, LA on Bayou Bodcau.

He estimate that the project would cost about $70 million, and could supply as much as 10 million gallons/day of drinkable water.

He declined to estimate the cost to operate the system, but did say that similar systems that the company now operates range from $3.50 to $5.00 per thousand gallons delivered to the customer.

The next Sparta Commission meeting is set for October 10 in Webster Parish.

20 Responses to “Sparta Group Endorses Lt. Gov’s ‘Sparta Summit’”

  1. Cowboy Says:

    Hear me now and believe me later, but we’re not done with the Sparta Aquifer Commission by a damned sight! Just watch the snowflake liberals taking to the streets in hysteria over anything President Trump says or does. Their little ploy to get a water tax on us and steal our water rights through the legislature backfired on them, so now they’re trying another approach. They’re hoping Nungesser will give them enough legitimacy to pull a fast one and get their tax passed. Billy is either getting duped or is in on it with them.

    These local yokel liberals think they can con us that they’re different from deranged racial socialists like Maxine Waters because they roll their eyes at her delusional rants, but deep down, they’re cut from the same cloth. They see an opportunity to tax us and control us by promoting this fictional narrative that the Sparta Aquifer is drying up. The Sparta is just fine, and anyone claiming different is lying with fake news.

    We saw this with the Rural Fire Board, and we’ve been watching the environment wackos preparing to con us with lurid tales of imminent catastrophe if we don’t give them the power they seek. Does no one remember the story of Chicken Little? The sky is NOT falling, and these liberals control freaks don’t need power!

    The only, and I mean THE ONLY way to stop the madness of the Sparta Aquifer Commission is to shut it down completely and put a stake through its heart so it never comes back to haunt us again! If we don’t, then we’ll have to deal with them until hell freezes over.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    here we go again.. they are trying to get more of OUR money.. time to put a stop to it.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Lincoln Parish appears to have many people in elected office who think we cannot govern ourselves and must be managed. Like a herd. Or an animal shelter. A hundred other analogies come to mind here, none of the nice. This needs to end.

  4. RavenMad Says:

    It is obviously not solely the money they are after, but ultimately control. This is just the first of many steps. Control the water, you control your constituents. Shut down the commission!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Dept agricultural needs keep close eye on this , last thing agriculture needs are more liberal regulations

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Let’s have an adult conversation about this shall we. First the most recent studies say the Sparta is at a sustainable level currently but what does “SUSTAINABLE “ mean. Simply it means that currently there is enough water coming into the Sparta to replace what’s being drawn out. So what has had the biggest impact on the Sparta reaching sustainable levels. Surely conservation efforts have had a small impact but the two biggest impacts on the drawdown of the Sparta have been the project at graphic packaging in West Monroe which has saved almost 5 million gallons a day and the fact that the paper mill in Bastrop shut down and no longer pulls any water from the Sparta which has saved millions of gallons from being pulled out of the ground. Oh and least we not forget the they spent 50 million dollars in Union County Arkansas to get all the industry’s off the Sparta by switching to the Ouachita River.

    Before we leave what sustainability means let’s talk about what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean that we are ok and there isn’t a problem. If we have used up 20-30% of the Sparta Aquifer how are we going to replace it? In none of the previous post do you hear anything about the city of Ruston having to drill new wells because the old ones are running dry or about the salt water intrusion in the wells around Spearsville.

    So why is water important? Well there is the obvious you have to have it to live but you also have to have it as a community to grow and to attract new businesses. More people means higher water demands. If your in the wood products industry the first question you ask when picking a location is where can we get water from. The same applies for a lot of other businesses and industry. Even agricultural businesses.

    So for all you folks who believe there is no problem there is really not much I can do for you or say to convince you otherwise, but for the adults in the room I would urge you to try and look 20-30 or 50 years down the road and start thinking about what we can do now to address this issue before it becomes HUGE problem.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Typical liberal bs , they’re the adults they know best , you probably have uncle named chuck and aunt you call Nancy

      • Anonymous Says:

        The adults in the room know that Walker won’t be mayor 20-30 yrs from now either.

    • Anonymous Says:

      The sky is falling! The sky is falling! — Al Gore

  7. Oldman Says:

    But the government is here to help you

    • Anonymous Says:

      Right. And the city we know and love is being destroyed. All because of a power hungry person.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. — C. S. Lewis

  8. Mr. E Says:

    Where were you 20 – 50-year-in-the-future people when the proposed 167 interchange bypassing downtown Ruston was offered as a possibility decades ago? Now, we have semi trucks meandering through town when we could have built an interchange around Ruston to route them away from downtown. But, the local businesses in downtown Ruston wanted traffic to flow through town to benefit their establishments which largely don’t exist anymore. Log trucks lumbering through Ruston don’t benefit the businesses there, but do serve as a reminder of the failed foresight to build infrastructure that would have allowed Ruston to grow in the future. Yeah, Ruston really looks like a modern city with log trucks and chicken haulers rolling through the downtown.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    So what I noticed is that none of you disputed that a significant portion of the Sparta is gone, that salt water is intruding in on several water systems, or that because of the diminishing Sparta is causing the City of Ruston to drill new and deeper water well.


    • Anonymous Says:

      A new mayor

      • Anonymous Says:

        So what your saying is if you get a new mayor the Sparta will magically refill its self over night. The saltwater in the Spearsville water systems will dissipate and all our water concerns for a growing population will be fixed. Oh and there will be plenty of water for our current businesses and attracting future industries.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Amen to that. However he has the minority vote in his hand because of campaign promises and favors. Until voters see the real truth, no one will have a chance against him.

    • Mr. E Says:

      Look back at earlier posts about the Sparta on this website. We’ve disputed this until we’re blue in the face, but logic is totally wasted on you liberal progressives bent on gaining control!

      Ruston continues to grow, and that growth has to be supported by infrastructure growth. The infrastructure which served Ruston well while the town was smaller must be expanded to handle additional growth. So, Ruston requires additional water to accommodate its growth and needs to dig a new well. The condition of the present well isn’t necessarily caused by a depletion of the entire aquifer, but just that portion around the well in question because of the extra burden placed on it by city growth. However, you all conveniently ignore this and other factors involved to paint a picture of ecological doom and gloom to justify taking over our water rights. You liberals always start with a kernel of truth and weave a narrative that leads the easily duped into believing you over their lying eyes.

      If the Sparta was truly being depleted as you claim, then digging more wells wouldn’t do any good. However, digging new wells in different locations spreads the depletion over a wider area which can more easily recover than concentrating the depletion in one area. The Sparta Aquifer is healthy over most of its area and only shows depletion strain in a few places where the paper industry and cities have failed to diversify their water usage over a wider area. The springs on my place are still producing water like they always have with nary a sign that Sparta depletion is drying them up.

      The fact is that Ruston has been run for decades by those who’ve neglected long-term planning for short-term political gain. Now, they wish to blame all us rural citizens for their failure to plan and make us pick up the tab for their problems. Once again, Ruston sucks the life out of Lincoln Parish while we rural folks get left holding the bag!

      • Momoffive Says:

        Totally agree. And since we are raising children here we care about their future and town long after this mayor gets old(er) and is gone to pursue other pet projects. We don’t play sports and don’t care about that. We cared about raising our children in a town not a large city. Walker wanting city frivolities. Ruston quickly losing the appeal it once had for us.

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