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Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan

Beneficial Use Monitoring Program

   Current Report    

       Lake Data       

     Stream Data     

In 1997, before BUMP, Oklahoma was making decisions and even laws with little or no real data about the causes and sources of pollution to our lakes and streams… even the regulated community was clamoring for a baseline monitoring program. …folks may have forgotten how we were making major decisions in the dark. Learn more...

- J.D. Strong, OWRB Exec. Director

  Lake Impairments  
Stream Impairments
        All Reports       

"Someone asked me once, ‘When can we quit spending money on all of this monitoring? Don’t we have enough data?’ which elicited my reply When can you quit going to the doctor for your annual checkup?"

- Derek Smithee, OWRB Water Quality Div. Chief


2012 BUMP Report
2012 Water Quality Monitoring Strategy

New groundwater monitoring program IN DEVELOPMENT
New appropriations are helping to achieve much-needed comprehensive monitoring of Oklahoma's invaluable aquifers as well as to restore BUMP to inception funding levels.

About The Program

Created in 1998, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board's Beneficial Use Monitoring Program (BUMP) was developed in response to a growing awareness that key water quality management decisions were being made based on inadequate or incomplete data. Today, BUMP data provides critical information to support Oklahoma's Water Quality Standards and prioritize pollution control activities.

Until the 2012 Legislative Session BUMP included two funded components of lakes and streams. In the coming year a third groundwater component will be implemented as well.

Lakes monitoring employs fixed stations on approximately 130 lakes statewide sampled on a five-year rotation. Stream monitoring includes 103 river and stream sites with both fixed and rotating stations sampled each year. Currently unfunded components include fixed station load monitoring and intensive investigation sampling. Detailed explanations of the sampling regimes and their results can be found in the BUMP Report.

Specific objectives of BUMP are to detect and quantify long-term water quality trends, document and quantify impairments of assigned beneficial uses, and identify pollution problems before they become a pollution crisis.

  • In a river or stream, what is the impact of development on turbidity and how are turbidity trends affecting water or wastewater treatment costs and fish and wildlife habitat?
  • At what point do wastewater discharges exceed a stream's capacity to assimilate those wastes?
  • What are the specific effects of excessive agricultural or urban fertilizers, pesticides and related pollutants?

BUMP data has become indispensable to sound decision-making. Problem areas can now be identified before mitigation activities become too costly or are ineffective. BUMP enables the development of targeted pollution control and remediation programs. Pollution "hot spots" can be identified and activities can be modified to reduce pollution stress on waterbodies.

Ongoing state water quality monitoring through BUMP ensures that future generations of Oklahomans will be able to make fair and defensible decisions concerning both the quality and quantity of future supplies critical to the continued growth and welfare of the state. BUMP data will be an indispensible component in implementation of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan.

  2012 2010-11 2009
  Lakes Lakes (10 MB) Lakes (23 MB)
  Streams Streams (3 MB) Streams (3 MB)
2008 2007 2006 2005
Lakes (7 MB) Lakes (27 MB) Lakes (30 MB) Lakes (1 MB)
  Streams (4 MB) Streams (8 MB) Streams (1 MB)
2004 2003 2002 2001
Lakes (10 MB) Lakes (12 MB) Full Report (20 MB) Full Report (6 MB)
Streams (5 MB) Streams (8 MB)    

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