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Water in the News

December 22, 2014

State Plan: Divert Surface Water To Make Up For Groundwater Loss
Arkansas Business & Politics

Between $3.4 billion and $7.8 billion should be invested in the infrastructure needed to help Arkansas take advantage of surface water instead of unsustainably pumping from depleting groundwater sources. The good news: The state has more than enough surface water to take care of its needs. Those are some of the conclusions of the Arkansas Water Plan 2014 Update, a non-binding strategic plan that guides the regulatory and legislative priorities of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

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EPA Investing $13.5 Million In Arkansas Drinking Water

Arkansas will receive $13.5 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help with the state’s water infrastructure and inspection. The money will be used by two state agencies and local communities to install, upgrade and replace water infrastructure across the state.

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Senate Ag Committee met to discuss water conservation
Ag Professional

U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Senator Debbie Stabenow convened a Committee hearing Dec. 3 regarding water conservation. The hearing, “Farmers and Fresh Water: Voluntary Conservation to Protect our Land and Waters” examined different ways farmers and ranchers can help improve water quality in American lakes and rivers through voluntary conservation practices. Testimony by panel witnesses focused on farming’s effects on the health of the nation’s lakes and rivers, and how to avoid such externalities in the future.

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No-till boosts efficiency, helps save southern soils
Delta Farm Press

Ernie Flint, regional agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in central Mississippi, says conservation tillage, and especially no-till, offer farmers the best chance of saving precious soil that often runs off during heavy rains that are typical across the Mid-South and other areas. “It may be the best method of farming much of the state’s land and other areas of the South, especially in areas with sloping topography,” says Flint, who works out of Kosciusko, Mississippi.

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