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Press Release
June 15, 2016

OWRB Report Contains Water Quality Data from Over 1,300 Lake, Stream, and Well Sites in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) water monitoring staff has released the 2015 Beneficial Use Monitoring Program (BUMP) report providing detailed physical, chemical, and biological water data from approximately 1,300 stream, lake, and groundwater well sites across Oklahoma. Created in 1998, BUMP provides data necessary for water quality management decisions by identifying impairments to the "beneficial uses" of Oklahoma's water resources, as well as determining causes for those water quality impairments.

"Beneficial uses" form the backbone of Oklahoma's Water Quality Standards, and are assigned to individual lakes, streams, and stream segments based upon the primary benefits derived by the public from those waters. Currently recognized beneficial uses of Oklahoma water include public and private water supply, fish and wildlife propagation, agriculture, primary body contact recreation (such as swimming), secondary body contact recreation (such as boating or fishing), navigation, and aesthetics.

The water data contained in the OWRB's annual BUMP report is collected annually from approximately 600 site locations from more than 130 lakes and 100 stream segments throughout Oklahoma. The Groundwater Monitoring and Assessment Program (GMAP), added to BUMP in 2012, consists of a network of approximately 750 wells in Oklahoma's 21 major aquifers, where the OWRB monitors both water levels and water quality. Each stream, lake, and well site featured in the report include a detailed fact sheet and map of data collection sites.

The OWRB's Water Monitoring staff also released its biennial report to the Oklahoma Legislature that outlines in detail the states water monitoring strategy: "Status of Water Quality Monitoring in Oklahoma: Water Monitoring Strategy Document for 2015-2016". In addition to providing a synopsis of current statewide water monitoring program, the Strategy Document serves as a comprehensive tool to assist with coordination of future monitoring activities.

The Strategy Document was compiled and written by staff of the OWRB with input and assistance from several agencies including the Oklahoma Conservation Commission; Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality; Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry; Grand River Dam Authority; United States Geological Survey; Oklahoma Corporation Commission; and Office of the Secretary of Environment.

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