New Fee Considered To Halt Flow Of Salt Water Into Aquifer
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The time has come for the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation Commission to find the money needed to slow the flow of salt water toward the aquifer that provides Baton Rouge with drinking water and is needed by industry for a variety of uses.
The Advocate reports the commission will consider potential legislation at its Tuesday meeting to fund its 10-year management plan.
Currently, the commission has the authority to charge a fee per million gallons for regulated water users in a five-parish area that includes East Baton Rouge. That $5 per million gallon fee helps raise about $350,000 a year.
Officials say the $5 fee won't cover the additional costs to halt saltwater intrusion into groundwater used by residents and businesses in Baton Rouge.