Louisiana Water Resources Workshop





 Louisiana Water Resources Workshop, DeWitt Center at LSUA, Alexandria, LA, June 26, 2012

Purpose: To acquaint County Agents, farmers, land owners, agency staff, and elected officials with laws, rights, agency responsibilities, and opportunities for improved utilization of Louisiana’s surface water resources.

Location and date: DeWitt Center, June 26, 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. (box lunch provided)   


  1. Long-term rainfall patterns
  2. Surface and Ground Water use and availability, USGS Water Use Survey
  3. Surface Water (riparian) and Ground Water (rule of capture) rights accruing to land owners, Law review articles: Levine, 1984; Klebba, 1993; and Davis and Wilkins, 2011
  4. Regulatory Agencies: Corps, wetlands, navigation; DOTD, dam safety, reservoirs; DNR, contractor licensing, 60-day advance notice of intent to drill, well registration; DW&F, scenic streams, endangered species; DEQ, TMDLs, wetlands
  5. Louisiana surface water development examples: Teche-Vermilion Freshwater District; Sabine River Diversion, Toledo Bend Energy, Sabine River Authority; Canaervon, Davis Pond, and Bayou Lafourche Diversions; Naomi and Pointe a la Hache Siphons; Sydney A. Murray, Jr. Hydroelectric Station; West Monroe sewage effluent polishing and recycling; Lincoln-Union Initiative; Red Bayou Irrigation District; traditional riparian (and non-riparian) land owner irrigation from the Red, Ouachita, Cane, and Black Rivers, Bayous Bartholomew and Teche; Reservoir Development
  6. Surface water development examples from neighboring states: Arkansas, Plum Bayou, Grand Prairie, Union County; Mississippi, YMD Joint Water Management District, Leland; Texas water use projections; Oklahoma Water Management Plan.
  7. Surface water development resources-Corps, USDA, Congress, industry, taxes.

For More information, contact Dr. Bill Branch, (225) 578-3153 or email: bbranch@agcenter.lsu.edu

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