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Press Release
November 30, 2015

36th Annual Oklahoma Governorís Water Conference & Research Symposium Set for Dec. 1 & 2 in Norman

The 36th annual Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference will be held this week on December 1-2 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman, OK.

The conference, themed "Drought-Proofing Oklahoma" this year, will feature several panels that focus on issues related to drought planning while highlighting the release of Oklahomaís Water for 2060 Final Report - a plan outlining how Oklahoma can achieve a bold, statewide goal of consuming no more fresh water in 2060 than was consumed in 2012.

Local, state, and national water planners, elected officials, business leaders, and many more conference attendees will gather to examine the key features and recommendations of the Final Report - conservation-related outreach, incentive, recognition, and pricing programs, as well as topics such as regional water planning, managed aquifer water storage, water system leak and loss detection, and water reuse and reclamation to name a few.

The conference will be paired again with the Oklahoma Water Resources Center's academic Research Symposium will feature poster and oral presentations by students and professionals on a wide variety of water-related topics.

"This year, much of the state has experienced higher levels of moisture which ultimately helped to hasten the end of a five-year drought. Still, the unfortunate reality of Oklahoma's precipitation history ensures that the state undoubtedly will battle severe drought conditions again in the future," said J.D. Strong, OWRB Executive Director and Chairman of the Water for 2060 Advisory Council. "We invite you to join us as we explore these issues and the Water for 2060 Final Report."

With passage of House Bill 3055 (the Water For 2060 Act) in 2012, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to establish a bold, statewide goal of consuming no more fresh water in 2060 than was consumed in 2012. The OWRB and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered to support the work of the Water for 2060 Advisory Council - a fifteen member Council charged with studying and recommending appropriate water conservation practices, incentives, and educational programs to moderate statewide water usage while preserving Oklahomaís population growth and economic development goals. The Council's Final Report was submitted to the Governor, Speaker of the House, and President Pro Tempore in November 2015.

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