The response to the Sparta Commission’s request for ‘critical groundwater area’ designation for most of the Sparta region inLouisiana came in 2005 with Order No. AGC 1-05 of DNR Commissioner of Conservation. This order designated three ‘areas of groundwater concern,’ around major pumping centers in Monroe, Jonesboro-Hodge, and Ruston areas. (21) (red boxes in Figure 25). Non-domestic well owners in these areas must report monthly pumpage, purpose for use, and, if available, the static well water level. The order states, as remedies, water users ‘shall vigorously seek alternate sources of potable water’ and ‘an aggressive water conservation education program should begin as soon as possible.’
Figure 25 shows areas of Louisiana and Arkansas that meet similar criteria of groundwater stress. Arkansas designated these areas 'critical groundwater areas'. As of March, 2010 Louisiana has not designated any 'critical groundwater areas' but has designated ‘areas of groundwater concern’.