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Mission & Responsibilities

The mission of the OWRB is to protect and enhance the quality of life for Oklahomans by managing and improving the state's water resources to ensure clean and reliable water supplies, a strong economy, and a safe and healthy environment.

Our primary duties and responsibilities include water use appropriation and permitting, water quality monitoring and standards, financial assistance for water/wastewater systems, dam safety, floodplain management, water supply planning, technical studies and research, and water resource mapping.

Julie Cunningham
Executive Director

Julie Cunningham was appointed Executive Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board in March of 2017 after serving in leadership positions at the OWRB for over 23 years in water quality, infrastructure financing, and water management programs. As Director, Ms. Cunningham oversees all aspects of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan, water rights administration, technical studies, hazard mitigation and water quality monitoring programs, as well as the State's multi-billion-dollar water infrastructure financing programs. She currently represents Oklahoma on the Western States Water Council and serves as chairman of Oklahoma's Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group, commissioner on four interstate stream commissions, immediate past chair of the Interstate Council on Water Policy, and president of the Association of Western State Engineers.

Administrative Services Division

Financial Assistance Division

Planning & Management Division

Water Quality Programs Division

Strategic Plan

The OWRB Strategic Plan is a dynamic, "living" document that not only provides direction for the agency, but demonstrates the substantial commitment and dedication of agency staff in providing safe and dependable water supplies for all Oklahomans, both today and in the future.

Commitment to Research

The OWRB actively engages in research regarding Oklahoma's water resources. The OWRB's monitoring program has a long established history of quantitative data collection from many of Oklahoma's rivers and lakes. This information is utilized to develop Oklahoma's water quality standards. Groundwater research is also conducted by the OWRB to obtain both quality and quantity data to classify the state's aquifers and determine the amount of water available for appropriation. Other state governmental organizations rely on OWRB data to regulate and aid industries and municipalities in Oklahoma.

Comments or Site Problems

If you have any questions or comments regarding OWRB activities or programs, including problems with this website, please contact the OWRB. For complaints, download and mail our citizen complaint form.


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Contact Us

Open Records Requests Main Office

3800 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405)530-8800
Fax: (405)530-8900

Woodward Field Office

2411 Williams Ave, Ste 116
Woodward, OK 73801
Phone: (580)256-1014

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