On March 21, 2019, USDA State Director, Dr. Carrie Castille along with other staff members of USDA Rural Development met in Harrisonburg, Louisiana to present the Black River/Larto-Mayna Water System with a certificate of appreciation for choosing USDA for funding once again.
Black River Water System and Larto-Mayna Water System merged into one system during the year 2017. Boards of both Black River Water System, (Chris Freeman, Calvin Holly, Jr., Arnie Pardue, Tom Cotton) and Larto-Mayna Water System (Johnnie Adams, Jackie Adams, Jackie McNeely, Juan McClure and James Trisler) worked together to make this merger happen. The common goal of each water system was to continue to provide clean and safe drinking water to each of their customers and merging the two together proved to have positive economic impacts as well.
After approximately 5 years of working through the merger and project plans, the system is now on the verge of a 3.7 Million Dollar Water System Improvements Project. These upgrades will help the system remain compliant with LDH (Louisiana Department of Health) standards, as well as continue to provide great water to the Black River and Larto-Mayna communities. Without USDA Rural Development’s continued interest in rural America, it would be a challenge for communities such as Black River and Larto-Mayna to continue to thrive.