AGS / History
- Act 1215 of 2007
- A.C.A. §15-5-201, et seq.
- A.C.A. §15-55-208, et seq.
The Arkansas Geological Survey (AGS) is organized into three sections: Administrative Services, Information Services, and Geological Services, all of which are under the direct supervision of the State Geologist. The mission of the Arkansas Geological Survey is to increase the knowledge of the geology of the State, to stimulate the orderly development and utilization of the State's mineral, water, and fossil fuel resources, while protecting the environment.
The Administrative Services Section consists of fiscal services, human resources and support personnel services. This section provides all the administrative support for the agency.
The Information Services Section's primary function is the distribution of information prepared and maintained by the Geological Services Section. This is accomplished through three offices: Map and Publication Sales, Geological Library, and Network & Computer Services.
The Geological Services Section is composed of the geologic staff and technical support personnel. Its primary responsibilities are:
- To search for and provide information on the State's mineral, fossil-fuel (coal, oil and gas), and water resources.
- To encourage the orderly development of these resources.
- To maintain current geologic map coverage of the State.
- To study and report on the geologic factors affecting the State's environment.
Geological Services is divided into six major activities: Fossil Fuels/Energy (oil & gas, lignite & coal); Geohazards (earthquakes, landslides, karst); Minerals (industrial aka non-metallic, metallic); Hydrology/Water; Geologic Mapping (surface, subsurface); and Public Outreach/Education. Outreach efforts such as the Geology Learning Center fall under this Section but are not a separate activity.
The Geological Support Group consists of GIS/Cartographic Services, Well Sample Library, and Core Repository.
In addition to the major activities in the Geological Services Section, the Agency has several cooperative projects with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The AGS has three cooperative programs with the Water Resources Division of the USGS: Groundwater Survey Program, Stream Gauging Program (surface water), and Water Quality Program. Each of these is a cooperative program, with the majority of the work being done by USGS personnel using their equipment and facilities. These programs provide baseline water data to the public and other users of water data needed in management and protection activities.
In May 2008 a donation by the State Farm Insurance Group enabled the formation of an Earthquake Education and Outreach Program which enhances our geohazards section. This program will conduct a series of town hall meetings across the state to present "Earthquake 101"; an educational program designed for the citizen/layman.