In 1974, Governor Edwin Edwards signed into Law RS 38:3071 (Act 678), establishing the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation District. The first organizational meeting was held on January 14, 1975.

The first Commissioners of the District




Leo Bankston


Public Supply

Lucius Treuil


West Baton Rouge Parish

Raymond Loupe


Public Supply

Austin Anthis

Administrative Committee Chairman


Talmadge Bickman

Board Member

Louisiana Farm Bureau

Denis Bueche

Board Member

Pointe Coupee Parish

Paul Davenport

Board Member


Ralph Holloway

Technical Committee Chairman


Robert LaFleur

Board Member

Louisiana Stream Control Commission

Leonard London

Board Member

East Feliciana Parish

Ledell Mackie

Board Member

West Feliciana Parish

William Romans

Board Member

East Baton Rouge Parish

Ernest Taylor

Board Member

Louisiana Department of Public Works

Mark Walton

Board Member

Commission Nominee

Marie Wenger

Board Member

Public Supply

Below is a list of important events in the history and establishment of Capital Area Ground Water Conservation District.

February 1975 - The board adopted water well pumpage charges of $1.00 per million gallons.  Mr. Alcee N. Turcan, Jr. was hired as Director.
August 1975 - A public hearing was held on Rules and Regulations for Water Well Registration and Abandonment.  Rules were effective October 1, 1975.
September 1975 -  Copies of “Act 678” and “Rules, Regulations, and Procedures for Water Well Registration” were distributed. The Commission changed their fiscal year from a calendar year to that of State agencies, July through June.  This was effective July 1976.
October 1975 - The first newsletter was published.
November 1975 - A resolution was passed reserving the “1,000-foot”, “1,500-foot”, and “1,700-foot sands for public supply use.
September 1976 - Adopted the Louisiana Office of Public Works, “Rules, Regulations and Standards for Water Well Construction” as Commission standards.
November 1976 - Approved publication of Bulletin No. 1, “Saltwater-Freshwater Interfaces in the “2,000-foot” and “2,800-foot” Sands of the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation District”.
March 1978 - Commission accepted the report, “Subsidence in the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation District”, by L.G. Smith and R.G. Kazmann.  It was published as Bulletin No. 2.
May 1979 - Commission accepted the report, A Geohydrologic Survey of the “1,200-foot” sand in the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation District”.  It was approved for publication as Bulletin No. 3.
May 1980 - Passed resolution authorizing the Director to petition the Environmental Protection Agency to have the aquifer system in the District declared “a sole source of drinking water”.
September 1981 - Requested that the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources expedite approval and funding of a study of the recharge area of the Baton Rouge aquifer system being made in connection with the Commission’s request for “sole source” designation.
April 1984 - Approved an increase in the pumpage fee from $1.00 to $1.50 per million gallons, to be effective January 1, 1985.
June 1984 - Mr. George Cardwell became the District’s second Director.
April 1985 - Commission celebrated tenth anniversary, featuring presentation by Mr. Leo Bankston, first Chairman, on history of events leading to the establishment of the Commission.
July 1988 - Re-affirmed above resolution and called attention to the fact that the “1,500-foot” sand south of the Baton Rouge fault in West Baton Rouge Parish is included.
October 1991 -
Adopted the following conservation policy for the “2,000-foot” sand in the Baton Rouge area. The policy would apply to the area bounded by Chippewa Street, the Mississippi River, Irene Road-Heck Young Road extended east, and Plank Road.
     - Requested a moratorium on installation of new industrial wells in the “2,000-foot” sand in the area defined above, except for replacement wells or as approved by the CAGWCC.
     - Established a limit for the annual pumping rate in the “2,000-foot” sand in the area defined above of 26 million gallons per day.
     - Proposed a maximum water level for the “2,000-foot” sand in the defined area of 320 feet below land surface.
     - Encouraged development of alternate aquifers or surface water sources as sources of supply.
     - Encouraged use of shallow aquifers or the Mississippi River for cooling water and deeper aquifers for process, boiler feed and drinking water.
April 1992 - CAGWCC advised Senator John Breaux on the saltwater problems in Baton Rouge and the CAGWCC’s concerns for protecting the area water supply and requesting funding support for planning and implementing remedial measures.
July 1992 - Passed a resolution accepting, in principle, Baton Rouge Water Company’s proposed construction and lease back of saltwater remediation facilities; also authorized the District Director to send a letter to all pumpage users informing them of the details of the proposed remediation project.
October 1992 - Authorized the CAGWCC to proceed with the Baton Rouge Water Company (BRWC) proposal, when approved, to install 1-3 scavenger wells in the “2,000-foot” sand.  (This project was cancelled due to insufficient funding).
February 1994 - Mr. Don Dial became Director.
June 1994 - District Director briefed CAGWCC on proposal to obtain EPA grant under Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act aimed at controlling saltwater encroachment using the recharge effect of connector wells.
January 1998 - Successful bid for connector well construction received.
April 1999 - Connector well placed in operation.
December 1999 - CAGWCC received National Ground Water Association’s 1999 Outstanding Ground Water Project Commendation for connector well project.
June 2002 - Technical Committee asks the CAGWCC to consider alternative water sources and recommended a feasibility study be undertaken to document the potential costs versus benefits.
December 2002 - CAGWCC approved proposal by URS Corporation to conduct a feasibility study for alternative water supply sources, with funding to be split 50/50 between CAGWCC and East Baton Rouge Parish.
December 2003 - URS Corporation reports to CAGWCC results of study for alternative water supply sources for industrial users, stating that the use of reclaimed treated effluent is technically feasible, but would require economic and financial incentives, or strong political and legislative initiatives.
March 2004 - CAGWCC approved URS study.
March 2007 - CAGWCC approved moving forward with US Geological Survey project entitled “Movement of Saltwater in the “2,000-foot” Sand in the Baton Rouge Area, Louisiana” to be funded by joint CAGWCC-Baton Rouge City Parish and CAGWCC-USGS contracts.
June 2010 - CAGWCC approved entering into an agreement with BRWC to fund research by Dr. Frank Tsai entitled “Scavenger Well Operation Model to Assist BRWC to Identify Cost-Effective Approaches to Stop Saltwater Intrusion toward the BRWC Water Wells in the “1,500-foot” Sand of the Baton Rouge Area.”
March 2011 - Mr. Anthony Duplechin became Director.
June 2011 - Commission approved sending a Letter of Recommendation to the Louisiana Board of Regents for proposed study by Drs. Frank Tsai and Jeff Hanor of “Unconventional Hydraulic Control Deep-Aquifer Saltwater Intrusion Mitigation Under Uncertainty”, in which they will study the feasibility of using horizontal wells as saltwater scavenger wells.
April 25, 2012 - Adopted resolution endorsing use of scavenger well(s) to withdraw encroaching saltwater from the lower portion of the 1,500 ft. sand as a sound scientific approach, vitally within the public interest.
September 18, 2012 - Authorized the Commission to accept the USGS proposal titled, “Development and Maintenance of a Computer Model to Simulate Groundwater Flow and Saltwater Encroachment in the Baton Rouge Sands, Louisiana”.
March 19. 2013 - Approved a Memorandum of Understanding and Interagency Transfer Agreement between Louisiana DNR-OC and Capital Area Ground Water Conservation Commission.
March 19, 2013 - Adopted the “Summary Plan for the Management of Salt Water Migration in the “1,500-Foot” and “2,000-Foot” Sands of the Baton Rouge Aquifer System.”
September 17, 2013 - Revised the “Summary Plan for the Management of Salt Water Migration in the“1,500-Foot” and “2,000-Foot” Sands of the Baton Rouge Aquifer System” from 15.50 mgd to 15.25 mgd in the industrial zone.
April 8, 2014 - Adopted “Plan for Management of the Southern Hills Aquifer System in the Baton Rouge Area”
September 16, 2014 - Approved funding for Dr. Tsai’s project, “Conjunctive Management of the Baton Rouge Aquifer System for Saltwater Intrusion Mitigation”.
September 15, 2015 - Accepted resolution 2015-X to utilize the Baton Rouge Water Company’s wells for sampling.
September 15, 2015 – Authorized the increase in pumpage fees from $5.00 to $10.00 per million gallons, effective April 1, 2016.
September 20, 2016 – Approved support Dr. Tsai’s Board of Regents proposal up to the $20,000 per year for three years minus any support from industry and private companies along with a letter of support for the project.
September 20, 2016 – Created the water leadership award that recognizes an individual that has demonstrated long term exemplary service to conservation of ground water within the District that could be through scientific research, advocacy, education and general service.
September 19, 2017 – Adopted the revised document, “Management of the Southern Hills Aquifer System in the Baton Rouge Area” with the following addition, “CAGWCC increased pumpage fees to $10.00 per million gallons in 2016, with $5.00 per million gallons dedicated to finance geophysical test holes/wells to be used to locate a scavenger well(s) to remove salt water from the “2,000-foot” sand. Upon location of suitable sites, detailed engineering can proceed through preparation of a definitive estimate, followed by securing funds and installation.”
September 19, 2017 – Adopted the revised document, “Summary Plan for the Management of Salt Water Migration in the “1,500-foot” and “2,000-foot” sands of the Baton Rouge Aquifer System”.
September 19, 2017 – Authorized the Commission to continue funding through 2022 for the U.S. Geological Survey proposal titled, “Development and Maintenance of a Computer Model to Simulate Groundwater Flow and Saltwater Encroachment in the Baton Rouge Sands, Louisiana”.
June 19, 2018 – Approved a cooperative endeavor with Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority (CPRA) as the funding mechanism to engage The Water Institute of the Gulf to do a study to develop a long-range strategic plan for the management of the Southern Hills Aquifer for protection and sustainability.
June 19, 2018 – Approved funding the continuation of the project, “Conjunctive Management of Baton Rouge Multi-Aquifer System for Saltwater Intrusion Mitigation”.
June 19, 2018 –


Accepted Ascension Parish’s request to become a member on the Commission.



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