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Sparta group hears Arkansas report

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“We began education programs and spoke to every group who would listen to us,” Martin-Rudder said. “We also began the Arkansas-Louisiana bi-state Sparta Coalition to look at ways to save the Sparta.”

In 1998, the U.S. Geological Survey got involved and began providing hard data on the Sparta, Martin-Rudder said.

“They (USGS) told us we needed to cut pumpage from the Sparta by 72 percent in less than 10 years,” Martin-Rudder said. “That opened a lot of people’s eyes to the problem.”

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