Low Flying Aquifer Mapping Planes Return to the Delta

THE DELTA (Ben Caxton) — A low-flying airplane will soon be visible to residents across the Delta, marking the beginning of the next stage of the U.S. Geological Survey’s high-resolution airborne survey project to map aquifers. Coordinated by USGS scientists to map the properties of aquifers throughout parts of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, the low-level flights are intended to provide critical data needed by state and local decisionmakers to evaluate and manage groundwater resources in the region. Over the next two to three months, an airplane contracted by the USGS and operated by CGG Airborne of Ontario, Canada, will make low-level flights over more than 20 million acres and seven states within the plain. Experienced pilots specially trained and approved for low-level flying will operate the aircraft. All flights are coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure accordance with U.S. law. The flights will be based out of Greenwood-Leflore Airport for the first three weeks.


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