LSUS teaming with Bossier Police Jury to study groundwater impact in north Bossier

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Police Jury member Rick Avery studies an informational brochure concerning the LSUS groundwater study proposal. (Courtesy photo)

LSUS professors and student assistants will team with the Bossier Parish Police Jury to undertake a five-year study to determine groundwater impact in the Red River basin of north Bossier Parish.

Jury members heard Wednesday a proposal from LSUS representatives on measures that would present a comprehensive study on what impact high groundwater levels would have currently and what could be expected in the future.

Parish Engineer Butch Ford said he and his staff had been meeting with staff members from the Shreveport university and preliminary discussions had convinced him that a study would be beneficial to the future of development and infrastructure security in the area in question.

“I was in the room with a dozen PhDs and their overall understanding of the situation was impressive,” Ford said. “It was also obvious they were enthusiastic about wanting to help us identify and solve this problem.”

According to information presented by the university, LSUS has 10 years of experience monitoring groundwater in northwest Louisiana and has conducted similar studies in Caddo Parish.

Plans call for drilling a series of wells in the study area and monitoring the groundwater levels as often as necessary to develop tracking charts. The study would also identify causes and source of the rise and fall in the levels.

Jury members voted unanimously to provide just over $190,000 over a five-year period to fund the project.

“From this study, a comprehensive paper will be published and maintained for anyone to use as an informational source for construction and engineering in areas with high groundwater,” Ford said. “This will be a document that’s forever useful.”