Q: Is the groundwater depletion problem truly serious?
A: Yes. Several studies have been conducted over the years, beginning when the problem was first recognized in the 1940's. Recent studies by the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, Natural Resources Conservation Service, several universities, and the State of Arkansas have all confirmed a critical groundwater problem in the Bayou Meto Basin.
Q: Will the project protect the Sparta Aquifer?
A: Yes. The Bayou Meto Basin Project will help save the Aquifer. The selected plan uses the groundwater at a safe yield, which is the amount that could be pumped without further depleting the Sparta Aquifer.