Approximately 850 fifth-graders from Lincoln and Bienville parishes got a lesson in water conservation last week during the annual WaterFest at Lincoln Parish Park.
Presented by the Sparta Ground Water Commission, Sparta Foundation and Devon Energy, WaterFest is an educational opportunity where students learn through hands-on activities.
For many years, the Sparta Aquifer — which is the primary source of water for several North Louisiana parishes and parts of Arkansas — has been being used faster than it can naturally be replenished by rainfall. This trend has led to lower water levels in the aquifer, resulting in water quality issues, such as saltwater intrusion and lack of clarity.
One step closer to reality. That’s where Ruston’s planned curbside recycling program is today, thanks to action taken by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.
Jurors on Tuesday unanimously agreed to authorize Jury President Jody Backus to sign a cooperative endeavor with the city regarding operation of a recycling transfer station.
While that doesn’t sound particularly exciting, it is. The reason? The recycling program can’t begin without a transfer station. A transfer station is the facility in which collected recyclables are housed until enough are gathered to ship to a recycling center.
Brace yourself. For each of the next 15 days temperatures across the region are forecast to climb into the high 90- and low 100-degree readings.
That’s hot. And along with the high temperatures come heat indices that are even higher.
There’s no escaping the obvious: Summer is here.
National Weather Service heat advisories have become almost daily occurrences as the period of high temperatures lengthens. While there’s nothing anyone can do to halt the mercury’s climb, there are steps all of us can take to live more comfortably — and safely — through the heat wave.