From the Carlisle Independent, Feb. 28, 1940: Initial proposals were made by the state Flood Control Commission to build a dam at Heber Springs to create a reservoir in the Little Red River basin. Part of the plan was a canal to bring water to the Grand Prairie rice section of Arkansas. Cost of the dam was estimated at $7 million; the canal was estimated at $8 million. Nearly 75 years later, the Lonoke-White Water Project will accomplish part of the proposal when it opens the tap on a 35-mile pipeline to bring Greers Ferry water to the central Arkansas area. Austin, Ward, Jacksonville, Grand Prarie/Bayou Two, and Furlow Water Associations are members of the Lonoke-White Public Water Authority. - The map was provided by the Arkansas Gazette.