Sparta Aquifer

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.

U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey conducted a two-week heavy pumping test on the Sparta Aquifer. It's akin to a heart stress test to measure how water moves across the aquifer and replenishes itself.