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December 16, 2013

Governor Fallin Praises Water Resources Board for Top Workplace Award

On Monday, Governor Mary Fallin praised the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for its inclusion on a list of the state’s 50 best places to work. The OWRB is the only state agency named to the "Top Workplaces in Oklahoma,” released yesterday by The Oklahoman newspaper.



November 19, 2013

S&P Gives OWRB Revenue Bonds Highest Possible Credit Rating

Long-term revenue bonds issued by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board recently received the highest credit rating possible from Standard and Poor’s (S&P) rating agency.



October 14, 2013

Governor's Water Conference on Tap Next Week

The 34th Annual Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference and Research Symposium kicks off one week from tomorrow at the Sheraton-Reed Conference Center in Midwest City.



September 17, 2013

Tecumseh Receives Loan To Secure Additional Water Source

A Pottawatomie County community received a low-interest loan Tuesday for a project intended to secure an additional source of water.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a $4 million loan to the Tecumseh Utility Authority, announced J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency. The loan will be matched with a $318,400 Community Development Block Grant from the state Commerce Department, ledgers reflect.



September 17, 2013

Frederick Receives $7.38M Loan To Upgrade Sewage Treatment System

A Tillman County community received a multimillion-dollar low-interest loan Tuesday to upgrade its wastewater treatment system.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a $7,380,000 loan to the Frederick Public Works Authority that will be coupled with $500,000 in local funds for the project. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



August 20, 2013

Wagoner Receives $8 Million Loan To Expand Water Treatment Plant

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved an $8 million low-interest loan Tuesday that will enable the City of Wagoner to enlarge its water treatment plant.



August 20, 2013

Oilton Receives $2.85M Low-Interest Loan To Renovate Wastewater Treatment System

A Creek County town received a low-interest loan Tuesday to upgrade its wastewater treatment system.

The Oilton Public Works Authority received a $2,850,000 loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to finance the project. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



July 16, 2013

Custer City Awarded REAP GrantTo Replace Exposed Water Line

A Custer County community received a state grant Tuesday to repair a water line damaged by heavy rains last year.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded a $99,975 Rural Economic Action Plan grant to the Custer City Public Works Authority to finance the project. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



July 16, 2013

Atoka County Water District Receives State REAP Grant

A rural water district in southeastern Oklahoma was awarded a state grant Tuesday that will enable it to comply with an environmental requirement.

Atoka County Rural Water District #2 received a $71,500 Rural Economic Action Plan grant from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, announced J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



July 16, 2013

Garfield County RWD#6 Gets Grant For Project to Repaint Four Water Tanks

A rural water district in central-northwest Oklahoma received a state grant Tuesday to help pay for repainting several of its water storage tanks.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded a $68,000 Rural Economic Action Plan grant to Garfield County Rural Water District #6. The district will contribute $32,000 in matching funds for the project, said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director.



July 16, 2013

Depew Receives State REAP Grant To Renovate Its Aged Water System

A Creek County town received a state grant Tuesday to renovate some of its aged water system.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded an $81,000 Rural Economic Action Plan grant to the Depew Public Works Authority for the project. The grant will be coupled with $10,086 in local funds.



July 16, 2013

Water Resources Board Approves REAP Grant For Upgrade at Lone Chimney Water Plant

A state grant was approved Tuesday to help finance an equipment upgrade at a water treatment plant owned and operated by a north-central Oklahoma water wholesaler that has had to impose rationing.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded the Lone Chimney Water Association a $99,990 Rural Economic Action Plan grant that will be coupled with $35,010 in matching funds from the association. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the OWRB.



July 16, 2013

Westville Receives State REAP Grant To Connect Customers to City Sewer

A state grant was received by Westville on July 16 that will pay approximately two-thirds of the cost of connecting new customers to the town's sewer system.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded a $72,300 Rural Economic Action Plan grant to the Westville Utility Authority, according to J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency. The grant will be coupled with $27,669 in local matching funds plus $7,000 in local "in kind" labor, records reflect.



July 16, 2013

Mayes County RWD#6 Gets Loan to Enlarge Its Water Treatment Plant

A rural water district in northeastern Oklahoma received a low-interest loan Tuesday to help finance expansion of its water treatment plant.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved the $2.59 million loan to Mayes County Rural Water District #6 during the panel’s regular monthly meeting here, announced J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency. The loan proceeds will be coupled with $484,650 from the Cherokee Nation to finance the project, Strong added.



June 18, 2013

Haileyville Gets REAP Grant To Rehabilitate Sewer System

A Pittsburg County community received a state grant Tuesday to renovate its wastewater collection system.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan grant to the Haileyville Public Works Authority. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



June 18, 2013

Oaks Receives REAP Grant to Help Finance New Wastewater Treatment, Disposal System

A northeastern Oklahoma community received a state grant Tuesday that will help finance a new wastewater treatment system for the town.

The Oaks Public Works Authority was awarded a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan grant by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



June 13, 2013

Statements on Today's Supreme Court Decision re: Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann

"Obviously, today’s unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is vindication for Oklahoma and the two neighboring Red River Compact states who joined with us to hold Texas accountable to the promises and provisions of our 33-year-old Compact agreement. It’s also a victory for the seven mostly arid western states who sided with Oklahoma and stood to lose at least as much control over their limited surface water supplies. Most importantly, though, this decision is a resounding victory for the citizens of Oklahoma and our ability to manage their water for their benefit. While the elegant defense of our position by Oklahoma's legal team spawned considerable optimism, it's a relief that the high court has reaffirmed our interpretation of long-settled agreements over the apportionment of interstate waters. After many years of legal maneuvering and saber-rattling, this should end, once and for all, Tarrant’s attempts to circumvent Oklahoma’s water management authority."
- J.D. Strong, Executive Director, Oklahoma Water Resources Board



June 10, 2013

Council to Develop Water Conservation Strategy

Fifteen Oklahomans with unique and divergent perspectives on Oklahoma's water resources have been selected to develop a blueprint for stabilizing—and possibly even reducing—rising demands for Oklahoma’s finite freshwater resources, while at the same time protecting important growth and economic development goals.



May 21, 2013

Central Oklahoma Water District Gets REAP Grant from State Agency

A central Oklahoma rural water district received a state grant Tuesday to replace some aged, deteriorated equipment.

Canadian County Rural Water and Sewer District No. 5 was awarded a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan grant from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



May 21, 2013

Chattanooga Receives State Grant To Replace Dilapidated Water Line

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved funding Tuesday that will pay for replacement of half a mile of antiquated, dilapidated water lines in a Southwestern Oklahoma town.

The Chattanooga Public Works Authority will receive a $99,650 Rural Economic Action Plan grant to finance the project, said J.D. Strong, executive director of the OWRB.



May 21, 2013

Western Oklahoma Water Provider Receives State Grant to Develop Alternate Source

A western Oklahoma water provider was awarded a state grant Tuesday to finance development of an alternate source of drinking water.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a $99,850 Rural Economic Action Plan grant for the Frontier Development Authority. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



May 21, 2013

Roger Mills Utility District Gets State Grant To Rehabilitate Sewage Collection System

A western Oklahoma utility district received a state grant Tuesday to repair its wastewater collection system.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a $99,124 Rural Economic Action Plan grant for Rogers Mills Rural Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Management District #3. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



April 16, 2013

Tulsa Receives Another Loan For Wastewater Treatment Renovations

The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority will receive a $9.85 million low-interest loan to finance continuing, extensive repairs to its wastewater treatment system.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved the loan Tuesday, announced J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



March 19, 2013

Water Resources Board Approves Grant for Fairland Wastewater Project

A northeastern Oklahoma community received a grant Tuesday that will help finance a significant environmental improvement to its wastewater treatment system.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan grant to the Fairland Public Works Authority, announced J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



March 19, 2013

Garfield County Rural Water District Receives Loan To Improve Service, Refinance Debt at Fixed Rate

A large rural water district in northern Oklahoma received a low-interest loan Tuesday to enhance its system and to refinance a debt at a fixed interest rate.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved an $865,000 loan for Garfield County Rural Water & Sewer District #5 that will be coupled with over $200,000 in system funds. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



March 19, 2013

Grove Receives $7M Loan To Renovate Water Treatment Plant

The Grove Municipal Services Authority received a multimillion-dollar low-interest loan Tuesday to renovate its water treatment plant.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a $7,050,000 loan that is to be coupled with $270,000 in local revenue for the extensive project. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the agency.



March 19, 2013

State REAP Grant to Help Finance Construction of New Southeastern Oklahoma Water District

The final piece of financing needed for construction of a water distribution system to serve northern McCurtain County and southern LeFlore County was secured Tuesday.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a $99,900 Rural Economic Action Plan grant for McCurtain County Rural Water District #6, which was established about three and one-half years ago. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



March 19, 2013

Seiling Receives $3.2M Loan To Extend Utility Lines, Refinance Bonds

A Dewey County community received a multimillion-dollar loan Tuesday to extend municipal utility lines to a new commercial development, and to refinance bonds that paid for construction of the town’s water treatment plant.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved the $3.2 million low-interest loan to the Seiling Public Works Authority on Tuesday. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



March 19, 2013

Shawnee Receives $14M Loan To Refinance Wes Watkins Lake Debt

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board voted Tuesday afternoon to extend a $14 million loan that will enable the Shawnee Municipal Authority to refinance a debt issuance at a lower interest rate and to shorten the debt repayment period.



March 19, 2013

Tulsa Receives $32.5M Loan For Various Sewer Improvements

The City of Tulsa received a $32.5 million low-interest loan Tuesday to rehabilitate some sewers, replace several sewer lines buried underneath some streets, and to extend the city’s central sewer system to several areas that have failing septic system.



March 11, 2013

Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day Set for March 19

The eighth annual Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day will be held March 19 at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) will host the event featuring water agency and organization booths and displays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Capitol’s 4th floor rotunda.



March 4, 2013

Governor Declares March Flood Insurance Month

Each year in Oklahoma, thousands of citizens experience flood damage but lack the protection afforded through readily available flood insurance. To enhance awareness of the availability of federal flood insurance, as well as inform Oklahomans about intelligent floodplain management and development procedures, Governor Mary Fallin has designated March 2013 as "Flood Insurance Month" in Oklahoma.



February 28, 2013

Invasive Species Eradicated at Stanley Draper

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW.org) begins this Sunday, March 3-8, providing an excellent opportunity to inform Oklahomans about the devastating effects of invasive species on the environment. Eradication of the invasive plant “phragmites” or “common reed” (Phragmites australis) at Lake Stanley Draper demonstrates that increased public awareness can be an effective tool. Growth of this plant appears to be under control after eradication efforts became part of a larger revegetation project.



Feb. 19, 2013

Bromide Awarded State Grant To Rehab Deteriorated Sewer System

A southeastern Oklahoma community received a state grant Tuesday to renovate its dilapidated sanitary sewer system.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan grant to Bromide, a town of approximately 175 residents in northeastern Johnston County. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



Feb. 19, 2013

Chouteau Receives Low-Interest Water Board Loan To Refinance 2006 Bonds at Reduced Rate

A Mayes County community secured a low-interest loan Tuesday to refinance some bonds that were used to construct a new wastewater treatment plant.

The Chouteau Public Works Authority received a $3,525,000 loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board that will be coupled with $135,000 in local reserves. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



Feb. 19, 2013

Hanna Receives OWRB Grant To Upgrade Aged Water System

A small McIntosh County community received a state grant Tuesday to upgrade its aged water system.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded the Hanna Public Works Authority a $99,900 Rural Economic Action Plan grant for the project. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



Feb. 19, 2013

Indiahoma Awarded REAP Grant To Repaint Water Storage Tank

A southwestern Oklahoma town received a state grant Tuesday to rehabilitate its water storage tank.

The Indiahoma Public Works Authority was awarded a $59,762 Rural Economic Action Plan grant by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



Feb. 19, 2013

Wakita Awarded REAP Grant To Renovate Sewage System

A northern Oklahoma community received a state grant Tuesday to renovate its aged, deteriorated wastewater collection system.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board awarded Wakita a $125,141 Rural Economic Action Plan grant that will be coupled with $10,191 in local funds. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



Feb. 19, 2013

Yale Receives REAP Grant for Water Treatment Plant

A Payne County community received a state grant Tuesday that will help pay the cost of constructing the town’s first-ever water treatment plant, thereby enabling the city to secure a supplemental source of drinking water.

The Yale Water and Sewage Trust was awarded a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan grant by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. The announcement was issued by J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.



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