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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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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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