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Press Releases


Below are press releases, sorted by year, issued by or involving the Water Resources Board. For more specific information, email Cole Perryman, Director of Communications.

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November 3, 2017

Water for 2060 Excellence Award Winners & Oklahoma Water Pioneers Honored at Governor’s Water Conference & Research Symposium

On Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, around 500 attendees gathered in Norman, Ok for the 38th annual Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference and Research Symposium to closely examine our state’s “Liquid Assets: The Value of Water Investment in Oklahoma.” In addition to marking the 60th Anniversary of the OWRB, this conference also included an expanded awards program featuring the presentation of both the prestigious Oklahoma Water Pioneer Awards and the inaugural Oklahoma Water for 2060 Excellence Awards.



November 2, 2017

Wilburton Public Works Authority Receives $2,170,000 Loan from the OWRB

Wilburton Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $2,170,000.00 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Wednesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure.



November 2, 2017

Grand Lake Public Works Authority Receives $1,425,000 Loan from the OWRB

Grand Lake Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $1,425,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Wednesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to refinance debt previously issued to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure. The Authority will use the proceeds to refinance a loan already held by the OWRB, and to establish a debt service reserve. The original loan refinanced four previous loans and provided funds to lease land for water well sites.



November 2, 2017

Porum Public Works Authority Receives $496,117 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Porum Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $496,117 loan Wednesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



November 2, 2017

Coalgate Public Works Authority Receives $213,050 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Coalgate Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $213,050 loan Wednesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The design of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



November 2, 2017

Weleetka Public Works Authority Receives $82,500 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Weleetka Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $82,500 loan Wednesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The design of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



November 2, 2017

Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District Receives $24,960,000 Loan from the OWRB

Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District (District) received approval for a $24,960,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Wednesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to refinance debt issued previously to improve their water infrastructure. The District will use this loan’s proceeds to refinance a loan already held by the OWRB, and to establish a debt service reserve. The original loan was used to purchase water storage rights and make improvements to the water system of the District.



November 2, 2017

Altus Municipal Authority Receives $11,000,000 Loan from OWRB for Wastewater System Improvements

The Altus Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for an $11,000,000 loan Wednesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater and metering infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the infrastructure will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



October 23, 2017

38th Annual Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference & Symposium Set for Oct. 31 & Nov. 1

The 38th annual Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference and Research Symposium will be held on October 31 and November 1 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman, Ok. The conference and symposium annually attracts hundreds of water officials and citizens who share an avid interest in Oklahoma's water resources management, development, and protection.



October 9, 2017

OWRB Launches Map Viewer of Statewide Fish Collection Data at 400 Sites Spanning 13 Years

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board's (OWRB) has launched an interactive map viewer highlighting the details of the agency's fish monitoring from 2003 to 2016 at nearly 400 stream monitoring sites statewide.

Fish Monitoring Sites Map Viewer



September 20, 2017

Bixby Public Works Authority Receives $24,000,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Bixby Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $24,000,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with $4,308,927 in local funds. The project will help improve water conservation and efficiency by reducing water loss in the Authority's system, as well as help meet the statewide Water for 2060 goals.



September 20, 2017

Calumet Public Works Authority Receives $102,500 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Calumet Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $102,500 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The study and planning of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100-percent principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



September 20, 2017

Inola Public Works Authority Receives $161,250 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Inola Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $161,250 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. The study and design of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by a 100-percent principal forgiveness loan through the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



September 13, 2017

Nominations Open for Statewide OWRB Award Program Recognizing Water Efficiency & Conservation Projects

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) has announced the Water for 2060 Excellence Award program. The statewide award program was developed to recognize individuals and entities annually that have developed outstanding water saving measures in three categories— Public Water Supply, Energy/Industry, and Crop Irrigation/Agriculture Production.



August 16, 2017

Delaware Public Works Authority Receives $74,600 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Delaware Public Works Authority (Authority) in Nowata County received approval for a $74,600 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.



August 16, 2017

Pawnee County Rural Water District No. 5 Receives $100,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Pawnee County Rural Water District No. 5 (District) received approval for a $100,000 Emergency Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.



August 16, 2017

Stillwater Utilities Authority Receives $12,600,000 in Water System Funding from OWRB

The Stillwater Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $12,600,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).



August 16, 2017

Osage County RWS & SWMD No. 3 Receives $44,200 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Osage County Rural Water, Sewer, & Solid Waste Management District No. 3 (District) received approval for a $44,200 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.



August 16, 2017

McCurtain Municipal Authority Receives $71,323 Grant for Water System Improvements

The McCurtain Municipal Authority (Authority) in Haskell County received approval for a $71,323 Emergency Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.



August 16, 2017

Wagoner County RWSG & SWMD No. 4 Receives $5,745,000 Loan from the OWRB for Water System Improvements

Wagoner County Rural Water, Sewer, Gas, & Solid Waste Management District No. 4 (District) received approval for a $5,745,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.



August 16, 2017

Kendrick Municipal Authority Receives $93,500.00 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Kendrick Municipal Authority (Authority) in Lincoln County received approval for a $93,500 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) Grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.



June 22, 2017

Cleveland County RWSG & SWMD No. 1 Receives $150,000.00 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Cleveland County RWSG & SWMD No. 1 (District) received approval for a $150,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to explore opportunities for adding a water supply source.



June 22, 2017

Comanche Utilities Authority Receives $150,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Comanche Utilities Authority (Authority) in Stephens County received approval for a $150,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.



June 22, 2017

Harper County Rural Water District No. 1 Receives $110,000.00 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Harper County Rural Water District No. 1 (District) received approval for a $110,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure.



June 22, 2017

Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority Receives $21,725,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (Authority) received approval for a $21,725,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



June 20, 2017

Grand Lake Public Works Authority Receives $1,825,182.60 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Grand Lake Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $1,825,182.60 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



May 17, 2017

OWRB Reports Contain Water Quality Data from Oklahoma Lake, Stream, Groundwater Well Sites

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) water monitoring staff announced the release of the agency's 2016 Beneficial Use Monitoring Program (BUMP) reports 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.



May 17, 2017

Choctaw County Rural Water & Sewer District No. 1 Receives $2,015,000 Loan from the OWRB for Water and Wastewater System Improvements

Choctaw County Rural Water & Sewer District No. 1 (District) received approval for a $2,015,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to refinance debt originally issued to improve the District’s water and wastewater systems and finance further improvements to the water system.



May 17, 2017

Copan Public Works Authority Receives $99,500 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Copan Public Works Authority (Authority) in Washington County received approval for a $99,500 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.



May 17, 2017

Hughes County Rural Water District No. 5 Receives $885,000 Loan from the OWRB for Water System Improvements

Hughes County Rural Water District No. 5 (District) received approval for an $885,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to refinance debt originally issued to improve the District’s water system and finance further improvements to the system.



May 17, 2017

Idabel Public Works Authority Receives $4,325,000 Loan from the OWRB for Water System Improvements

Idabel Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $4,325,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve their water system. The Authority obtains its water from Little River and stores it in three storage tanks. The poor condition of these tanks considerably reduces the above ground water capacity of the system. The situation requires additional above-ground storage capacity. The Authority will utilize the FAP proceeds to install two 500,000 gallon elevated storage tanks.



May 17, 2017

Muskogee County Rural Water District No. 3 Receives $1,890,000 Loan from the OWRB for Water System Improvements

Muskogee County Rural Water District No. 3 (District) received approval for a $1,890,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to refinance debt originally issued to improve the District’s water system and finance further improvements to the system.



April 26, 2017

Oklahoma's Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group Releases Study Report

Oklahoma's Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group (PWWG) today released its study report as part of a review of alternatives for produced water disposal from oil and gas operations in Oklahoma. In December 2015, Governor Mary Fallin charged a 17-member fact-finding group led by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB), to study and recommend ways that water produced in oil and natural gas operations may be recycled or reused as part of Oklahoma's ongoing efforts to promote water supply reliability and drought resiliency across multiple water user sectors.



April 18, 2017

Town of Corn Receives $99,590 Grant for Wastewater System Improvement

The Town of Corn has received approval for a $99,590 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's wastewater infrastructure.



April 18, 2017

Stonewall Public Works Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Stonewall Public Works Authority (Authority) in Pontotoc County received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.



April 18, 2017

South Delaware County Regional Water Authority Receives $3,000,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The South Delaware County Regional Water Authority (Authority) received approval for $3,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to purchase and expand on an existing water system for the purpose of creating a regional water service for the area. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) along with $10,635,000 in Rural Utilities Services funds, $1,629,000 in Indian Health Services funds, $347,400 in Cherokee Nation funds, and $90,000 in local funds.



April 18, 2017

Muskogee Municipal Authority Receives $27,360,000 Wastewater/Stormwater System Loan from OWRB

The Muskogee Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $27,360,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater/stormwater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the wastewater/stormwater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).



April 18, 2017

Kiowa Public Works Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Kiowa Public Works Authority (Authority) in Pittsburg County received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.



March 22, 2017

Julie Cunningham Named OWRB Executive Director

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board voted unanimously Tuesday to name Julie Cunningham as the agency's next executive director. Cunningham had been serving as the interim executive director since October 2016 following the departure of J.D. Strong to lead the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Cunningham attends Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol after being named OWRB Executive Director.

“I applaud the Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s decision to name Julie Cunningham as executive director of the agency,” said Governor Mary Fallin. “As we celebrate Water Day in Oklahoma and the 60th anniversary of the Water Resources Board, I know that the agency is in good hands. Julie is prepared to continue leading the implementation of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan to improve access to water across our state. She brings great insight from working within every division of the agency during her 22-year career with the board.”

Cunningham has significant leadership experience in each of the agency's three operational divisions. Cunningham first joined the board as a member of the Water Quality Division where she sampled lake across the state monitoring program before supervising the Water Quality Standards section. She transitioned to the Financial Assistance Division serving both as Assistant Division Chief, and program manager for the agency's Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Prior to being named interim executive director, Cunningham served as chief of the board’s Planning and Management Division. While in that role, Cunningham oversaw the implementation of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan, water rights administration, technical hydrologic studies, and hazard mitigation programs. Ms. Cunningham continues to hold leadership positions with the Interstate Council on Water Policy, Association of Western States Engineers, and four interstate river commissions.

"We are fortunate to have a person so well-versed in each phase of the OWRB's operations," said OWRB Chairman Linda Lambert. "On behalf of my fellow board members, I congratulate Julie and her staff for continuing the OWRB's strong legacy of public service throughout this recent transition. I look forward to working with her to continue the important work of managing, protecting, and enhancing Oklahoma's water resources."



March 22, 2017

OWRB Approves $300,000 Water Quality Improvements Loan for Oklahoma Conservation Commission

The Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) received approval for a $300,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to implement four nonpoint source management projects that will help improve water quality. Construction of the nonpoint source projects will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with $125,000 of cost-share that will be provided as in-kind services from OCC and in-kind services and cash funds from other groups.



March 22, 2017

Hanna Public Works Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Hanna Public Works Authority (Authority) in McIntosh County received approval for a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.



March 22, 2017

Jet Utilities Authority Receives $39,900 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Jet Utilities Authority (Authority) in Alfalfa County received approval for a $39,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s water infrastructure.



March 22, 2017

Norman Utilities Authority Receives $304,625 Water Quality Improvements Loan from OWRB

The Norman Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for a $304,625 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) for improvements along Brookhaven Creek. The improvements will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) along with U.S. Department of Transportation funds and local funds.



March 22, 2017

Wagoner County Rural Water District #5 Receives $3,965,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Wagoner County Rural Water District #5 (District) received approval for $3,965,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).



February 21, 2017

Muskogee Municipal Authority Receives $110,000 Wastewater System Loan from the OWRB

The Muskogee Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval Tuesday for a $110,000 loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to conduct a stormwater basin study of the Civitan Drainage Basin. In addition to the OWRB's Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan, the engineering study will be financed through $38,000 in local funding.



January 18, 2017

Norman Utilities Authority Receives $31,000,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Norman Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval for $31,000,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements at the existing water treatment facility will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).



January 18, 2017

Delaware County Rural Water District No. 3 Receives $1,175,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

Delaware County Rural Water District No. 3 (District) received approval Tuesday for a $1,175,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to refinance debt originally issued to improve the District’s water system. The District will utilize the FAP proceeds to refinance five existing U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) loans. The original USDA-RD loans were issued for the construction of improvements to the District’s water treatment plant and distribution system. Through refinancing the existing loan with the FAP, the District will create a significant savings for its customers who essentially repay the loan through their regular water bill payments.



January 18, 2017

Choctaw Utilities Authority Receives Two Loans from the OWRB for Wastewater System Improvements

The Choctaw Utilities Authority (Authority) received approval Tuesday for a $9,775,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan, and a $1,440,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan, from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority’s wastewater infrastructure.



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