The information will also aid in monitoring the effectiveness of best management practices.

ULM Toxicology Department Head Kevin Baer will take the lead and assemble a team, which will work with LDEQ scientists to review existing water quality data in the Ouachita River Basin.

All of these efforts are aimed at improving water quality in impaired waters in order to meet established water quality standards. Watersheds that have been assessed as impaired and targeted for possible sampling in the Ouachita River Basin include Bayou Chauvin, Bayou Louis, Bayou Bartholomew, the Boeuf River, Bayou Lafourche, Bayou Macon, the Tensas River, and Bayou DOArbonne.

Kevin Baer considers this a win-win situation. This project provides an excellent opportunity for toxicology students to gain valuable experience and training in environmental pollution assessment. In addition, the students will be involved in educational outreach to the community in issues dealing with pollution reduction.

Most recently, April 24, 2008, the ULM Toxicology Department hosted a World Water Monitoring Day on the ULM campus.

The elementary students sampled water from Bayou DeSiard, and the data was submitted to the international database, all part of an ongoing effort to ensure a high-quality water supply and an educated public.