Local, state and federal government representatives study the Ouachita River, Sparta Aquifer

Representatives of U.S. Sen. John Boozman’s office and State Rep. Matthew Shepherd hopped on Union County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue boats today for a short trip to the Ouachita River intake, maintained by Union Power Partners and the Union County Water Conservation Board.

The intake is maintained by Union Power Partners and the Union County Water Conservation Board.

The field trip was part of an ongoing effort to educate the public to the former danger and recent revitalization surrounding the Sparta Aquifer which was pumped extensively by industrial users in the 1920s to the point that local economic developers believed it was beyond repair.

Check out more photos and the full story in tomorrow’s News-Times. And in case anyone is wondering, yes, I nearly fell in. Twice.

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