Mar 8, 2012 10:14 AM by AP

Meeting to focus on salt water in B.R. aquifer

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources' Office of Conservation is holding a meeting Thursday to discuss the problem of salt water intrusion into the Baton Rouge area's ground water.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Office of Conservation building in Baton Rouge to hear public comments on salt water encroachment in the sands of the Southern Hills aquifer system in the Baton Rouge area.

The intrusion of salt water into two sand layers that Baton Rouge residents and industry get water from has been a problem for decades, but concerns have increased lately.

As water is pumped out of wells in Baton Rouge, it pulls salt water across the Baton Rouge fault and closer to where the wells are located.


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