conservation

Arkansas’ Conservation Hall of Fame will honor an El Dorado man Tuesday evening for his long commitment to recharging the Sparta Aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for a number of municipalities in South Arkansas and North Louisiana. 

International Paper has donated its Lake Erling property in South Arkansas' Lafayette County to the Shreveport-based AGRED Foundation. It stands for American Gamebird Research Education and Development. Eric Fletcher, AGRED Foundation director, said this donation – 7,600 acres in all – will ensure that Lake Erling is maintained to the high standards set by International Paper for the past 57 years.

As global population grows, so does the demand for water. Yet less than one percent of the planet's supply is potable, and estimates suggest that 40% of humanity will not have access to clean water by 2025.

Explore the complex issues surrounding this precious resource in this edition of America Abroad.

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