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.
The updated 2019-2023 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 Oklahoma Water Resources Board both conducts and applies research on a daily basis. The OWRB is engaged in active research on the state’s rivers, lakes, and groundwater, while also developing standards and limitations based on that research. OWRB’s river and lake monitoring program has a long established history of quantitative data from many of Oklahoma’s rivers and lakes. This data is then applied as water quality standards for the state. Groundwater research is also conducted by OWRB both quality and quantity is taken into account. The OWRB applies that groundwater research as an aquifer classification and by applying draw limitations on the aquifer. Loans and other services are also provided by OWRB to aid eligible entities in Oklahoma to engineer and construct treatment and green infrastructure required to meet the criteria established by the OWRB. In addition to the applications of research that the OWRB performs, other state governmental organizations use OWRB-derived research to regulate and aid industries and municipalities in the state of Oklahoma.
Comments or Site Problems
If you have any questions or comments regarding Water Board activities or programs, including problems with this Web site, we encourage you to contact the OWRB. For complaints, download and mail our citizen complaint form.
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