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Press Release
February 9, 2016

Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day Set for February 16

The eleventh annual Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day will be held Tuesday, February 16th at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) will host the event featuring water-related agency and organization booths and displays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Capitol’s 4th floor rotunda. Water Appreciation Day presents a unique opportunity for water-focused groups to demonstrate the importance of Oklahoma’s water resources as well as provide information on their water management, conservation, and educational programs for state legislators and other government officials.

Among many other water related issues, the OWRB will be highlighting the Water for 2060 Final Report of recommendations for securing Oklahoma's water future and combating drought. Arising from the 2012 update of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan and the Water for 2060 Act (House Bill 3055), Water for 2060 established an unprecedented goal of using no more fresh water in 2060 than was used in 2012 while supporting Oklahoma’s continued growth and prosperity. No state has ever before set such an ambitious goal for water efficiency, conservation, recycling and reuse.

An Advisory Council, comprised of 15 members appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the House, and President Pro Tempore of the Senate, recently completed study of several innovative, voluntary solutions and incentives to accomplish the goal including: improved irrigation/farming techniques, water recycling/reuse systems, high efficiency plumbing codes, smart irrigation, education programs to change consumer habits, efficient water pricing, financial assistance incentives, and increased leak detection and prevention.

In addition to the OWRB, and several academic institutions and civic organizations focused on water issues, the following state and federal agencies will also be featured in the State Capitol exhibition on February:

  • Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission
  • Oklahoma Department of Transportation – Waterways
  • Oklahoma Conservation Commission
  • Oklahoma Department of Mines
  • Oklahoma Geological Survey
  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission
  • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
  • Oklahoma Climatological Survey
  • US Bureau of Reclamation
  • USGS - Oklahoma Water Science Center

For more information on Water Appreciation Day, call Cole Perryman at 405-530-8800.

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