BATON ROUGE, La. — The American Society for Environmental Sciences has announced a conference to help Louisiana in its quest to develop sound, sustainable water policy.

Scheduled for Dec. 2 at the Radisson Hotel in Baton Rouge, the program is being coordinated by Bill Branch of the LSU AgCenter and Brad Hanson of the Louisiana Geological Survey.

Intended for policymakers, as well as representatives of governmental and private agencies, industry, water utilities, resource developers, scientists and students, the conference will provide information on a variety of water issues and approaches to water management, according to Branch, an irrigation specialist with the LSU AgCenter.

"Louisiana is blessed with large supplies of high-quality ground water, but water levels in three major aquifers are declining," Branch said.

Branch said Louisiana has more surface water available than any other state and that the state's rivers and lakes provide opportunities to replace groundwater with surface water.

Registration fees for the conference are $35 before Nov. 25 and $50 after that date. Student registration fees are at reduced rates of $10 and $15. Registration includes coffee breaks, lunch and workshop transcripts and presentations.

Registrations and checks made payable to ASES can be mailed to ASES, P.O. Box 11202, Baton Rouge, La. 70813.