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Water resources of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana

December 8, 2020

Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, is critical for proper water-supply management. The purpose of this fact sheet is to present information that can be used by water managers, parish residents, and others for stewardship of this vital resource. In 2014, 364 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) of water were withdrawn in Pointe Coupee Parish, including about 39.87 Mgal/d from groundwater sources and 323.72 Mgal/d from surface-water sources. Withdrawals for power generation accounted for 89 percent (323.98 Mgal/d) of the total water withdrawn. Withdrawals for agricultural use, composed of aquaculture, general irrigation, livestock, and rice irrigation, accounted for 8 percent (29.29 Mgal/d) of the total water withdrawn. Other categories of use included public supply, industrial, and rural domestic. Water-use data collected at 5-year intervals from 1960 to 2010 and again in 2014 indicated that water withdrawals peaked in 2014. The large increase in surface-water withdrawals from 1980 to 1985 is attributable to an increase of 262 Mgal/d for power-generation use.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2020
Title Water resources of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
DOI 10.3133/fs20203054
Authors Vincent E. White
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2020-3054
Index ID fs20203054
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center

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