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La. groundwater program may need $900,000

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Members of the state Water Resources Commission have been told the state will need to find up to $900,000 a year to extend its groundwater monitoring program past 2015.

The monitoring program is a result of a 2011 report calling for better information about the condition of the state's groundwater resources. About $2.7 million from federal sources funded the initial three-year ramp up of the groundwater monitoring conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey.

John Lovelace, with the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center, tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/Xj8a9N ) the program almost doubled the number of wells that could be monitored across the state from 279 to 473.

While water levels are measured four times a year at most of the wells, he says hourly readings are being conducted at 32 wells representing 19 aquifers.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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