Jul 31, 2014 7:31 AM by AP
Members of the state Water Resources Commission have been told the state will need to find up to $900,000 a year to extend its groundwater monitoring program past 2015.
The monitoring program is a result of a 2011 report calling for better information about the condition of the state's groundwater resources. About $2.7 million from federal sources funded the initial three-year ramp up of the groundwater monitoring conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey.
John Lovelace, with the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center, tells The Advocate the program almost doubled the number of wells that could be monitored across the state from 279 to 473.
While water levels are measured four times a year at most of the wells, he says hourly readings are being conducted at 32 wells representing 19 aquifers.