Lawmakers examine eastern Arkansas water shortage

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State lawmakers plan to visit eastern Arkansas in an effort to learn more about the region's groundwater shortage.

Debbie Moreland, the program director for the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, says she hopes lawmakers also will see some of the conservation programs already in place.

Their visit is set for Tuesday. Six counties in Arkansas' northeastern corner - Clay, Craighead, Cross, Greene, Poinsett and St. Francis - have submitted petitions asking for critical groundwater area designations because of the depletion of their underground water supply, known as the Alluvial Aquifer.

Other counties in eastern and southern Arkansas already are classified as critical groundwater regions because of a depleted aquifer. Tuesday's visit will include stops at sites in Albion, England and Lonoke. --- Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

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