Water Resources of Madison Parish, Louisiana

Fact Sheet 2019-3018
Prepared in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development



Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Madison 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 In 2014, 50.66 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) of water were withdrawn in Madison Parish: 44.37 Mgal/d from groundwater sources and 6.30 Mgal/d from surface-water sources. Withdrawals for agricultural use—composed of general irrigation, rice irrigation, livestock, and aquaculture—accounted for about 96 percent (48.86 Mgal/d) of the total water withdrawn. Other categories of use included public supply 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 relatively large increase in water use from 2005 to 2010 is largely attributable to a change in the methods used for estimation of general irrigation land usage. General irrigation withdrawals from groundwater increased from 11.13 Mgal/d in 2005 to 28.28 Mgal/d in 2010.

Suggested Citation

White, V.E., 2019, Water resources of Madison Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3018, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193018.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Groundwater Resources
  • Surface-Water Resources
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water resources of Madison Parish, Louisiana
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2019-3018
DOI 10.3133/fs20193018
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center
Description Report: 6 p., Data Release
Country United States
State Louisiana
County Madison Parish
Online Only (Y/N) N
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