IMPORTANT EVENTS AND MANAGEMENT DECISIONS
In 1974, Governor Edwin Edwards signed into Law RS 38:3071 (Act 678), establishing the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation District. The first organizational meeting was held on January 14, 1975.
FOUNDING COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT
IMPORTANT EVENTS THROUGH 2013
Below is a list of important events in the history and establishment of Capital Area Groundwater Conservation District. Use the arrows to scroll through our history.
October 1991: Adopted the following conservation policy for the “2,000-foot” sand in the Baton Rouge area. The policy would apply to the area bounded by Chippewa Street, the Mississippi River, Irene Road-Heck Young Road extended east, and Plank Road.
- Requested a moratorium on installation of new industrial wells in the “2,000-foot” sand in the area defined above, except for replacement wells or as approved by the CAGWCC.
- Established a limit for the annual pumping rate in the “2,000-foot” sand in the area defined above of 26 million gallons per day.
- Proposed a maximum water level for the “2,000-foot” sand in the defined area of 320 feet below land surface.
- Encouraged development of alternate aquifers or surface water sources as sources of supply.
- Encouraged use of shallow aquifers or the Mississippi River for cooling water and deeper aquifers for process, boiler feed and drinking water.
June 2010 CAGWCC approved entering into an agreement with BRWC to fund research by Dr. Frank Tsai entitled “Scavenger Well Operation Model to Assist BRWC to Identify Cost-Effective Approaches to Stop Saltwater Intrusion toward the BRWC Water Wells in the “1,500-foot” Sand of the Baton Rouge Area.” Read More
June 2011: Commission approved sending a Letter of Recommendation to the Louisiana Board of Regents for proposed study by Drs. Frank Tsai and Jeff Hanor of “Unconventional Hydraulic Control Deep-Aquifer Saltwater Intrusion Mitigation Under Uncertainty”, in which they will study the feasibility of using horizontal wells as saltwater scavenger wells.
September 18, 2012: Authorized the Commission to accept the USGS proposal titled, “Development and Maintenance of a Computer Model to Simulate Groundwater Flow and Saltwater Encroachment in the Baton Rouge Sands, Louisiana”.