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Salt intrusion cited as Sparta concern

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Based on information compiled by the U.S.G.S., McGee said most areas of the Sparta Aquifer were dropping at the rate of about two feet per year.

“It doesn’t matter where you are, the Sparta is declining,” McGee said. “The further east you go, the greater the decline.”
McGee said as the water level of the Sparta declines, the formation surrounding the water compacts.

“When that happens, you lose capacity in the aquifer,” McGee said. “Once that happens, once an area is compacted, it won’t ever hold as much water.”

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