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Fact Sheet 2013–3012

Prepared in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Water Resources of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

By Robert B. Fendick, Jr., Larry B. Prakken, and Jason M. Griffith

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In 2005, about 33.8 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) was withdrawn from water sources in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Surface water sources accounted for about 86 percent (29.2 Mgal/d) of all withdrawals whereas groundwater sources accounted for about 14 percent (4.62 Mgal/d). Withdrawals for industrial use accounted for about 42 percent (14.1 Mgal/d) of the total water withdrawn (table 2). Other categories of use included public supply, rural domestic, livestock, rice irrigation, general irrigation, and aquaculture. The city of Natchitoches used almost 5.6 Mgal/d (about 5.2 Mgal/d of surface water and 0.4 Mgal/d of ground water) for public supply. Water-use data collected at 5-year intervals from 1960 to 2005 indicated that total water withdrawals increased from about 3.5 Mgal/d in 1960 to a peak of almost 35 Mgal/d in 2000.

This fact sheet summarizes basic information on the water resources of Natchitoches Parish. Information on groundwater and surface-water availability, quality, development, use, and trends is based on previously published reports listed in the Selected References section.

First posted June 11, 2013

For additional information contact:
Director, USGS Louisiana Water Science Center
3535 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite 120
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

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Suggested citation:

Fendick, R.B., Jr., Prakken, L.B., and Griffith, J.M., 2013, Water resources of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3012, 6 p.,

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