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Bayou water quality eyed

The state Department of Environmental Quality is seeking input on plans to address water quality concerns in areas of Bayou Bartholomew, which begins near the Hardin community.

The environmental agency said it has found higher than acceptable levels of copper, lead, zinc, and chlorides, along with excessive turbidity in segments of the bayou in Ashley, Chicot, Desha, Drew, Jefferson and Lincoln counties.

The department’s plan to address the impairments, along with supporting documentation, can be viewed during regular business hours at the ADEQ office in North Little Rock, at public libraries in Monticello, the main branch in Little Rock, the campus library at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the State Library near the state Capitol.

The deadline for public comments on the Bayou Bartholomew plan is 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Comments can be sent to Selena Medrano, ADEQ Water Division, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, Ark. 72118; or by email: medrano@adeq.state.ar.us.