Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Mon July 29, 2013

South Arkansas water solution draws attention of MIT scientists

MIT civil engineering graduate Rob Sowby evaluates sand structures from a Sparta Aquifer outcrop north of Camden, Ark.
Credit Sherrel Johnson

A new graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote an article in the new issue of a newsletter for civil engineers that demonstrates how Union County, Arkansas, found a solution to the rapidly declining Sparta Aquifer. It’s a success story that’s now 16 years in the making.

Robert Sowby, a fellow graduate student and his adviser traveled to El Dorado earlier this year to examine the Sparta Aquifer. Sowby was impressed to learn how residents, local industries, and government all pulled together to find a solution to the rapidly depleting water supply.

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