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Feb 22, 2013
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced reappointments to the Sparta Groundwater Conservation District.
The Sparta Groundwater Conservation District serves to study and survey the groundwater resources in the district regarding issues such as conservation, land surface subsidence, and groundwater quality degradation. The board advises the commissioner of conservation based on their findings.
According to statute, the board is comprised of 19 voting gubernatorial appointments including one member each from the parishes of Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Union, Webster, and Winn. Additionally, one member is appointed from Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Richland, or Sabine parishes and one member is selected from nominations submitted by each of the user groups of wood product industry users, agricultural users, and other industrial users. The remaining six members are selected from nominations submitted by various governing entities of municipalities within the district that have a minimum use of five hundred thousand gallons of water per day.
Reappointments to the Sparta Groundwater Conservation District:
Christopher Smith, of Arcadia, is the branch supervisor and a loan officer for the Arcadia Branch of Gibsland Bank and Trust. Smith will be reappointed to serve as a member nominated by the Town of Arcadia, a municipality within the district that has a minimum use of five hundred thousand gallons of water per day, as required by statute.
Rick Hohlt, of Ruston, is the publisher of the Ruston Daily Leader. Hohlt will be reappointed to serve as a nominee of the Lincoln Parish Policy Jury, as required by statute.
Willie Doherty, of Winnfield, is retired from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Doherty will be reappointed to serve as a nominee of the Winn Parish Police Jury, as required by statute.
Bennie Lowery, of Homer, is a professor at Grambling State University. Lowery will be reappointed to serve as a nominee of the Claiborne Parish Police Jury, as required by statute.