Oklahoma's Emergency Drought Relief Fund, enabled through passage of Enrolled House Bill 1923 in 2012, provides funding for drought mitigation and related projects in Oklahoma in conjunction with a formal gubernatorial drought declaration. Specific assistance projects are limited to the affected counties and must be approved by the Oklahoma Emergency Drought Commission, consisting of the Secretary of Agriculture and Executive Directors of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and Oklahoma Conservation Commission. The Emergency Drought Commission also serves as a permanent drought advisory panel to the Governor and appropriate state agencies.
- AGENDA: February 13, 2014, Drought Commission Meeting
- MINUTES: January 9, 2014, Drought Commission Meeting
- AGENDA: January 9, 2014, Drought Commission Meeting
- Approved Project Assistance: November 19, 2013
- MINUTES: November 8, 2013, Drought Commission Meeting
- AGENDA: November 8, 2013, Drought Commission Meeting
- MINUTES: October 31, 2013, Drought Commission Meeting
- AGENDA: October 31, 2013, Drought Commission Meeting
- Deadline Set for Applications for Drought Relief
- Governor Declares Drought for Texas, Harmon, Greer, Jackson and Tillman Counties
- MINUTES: October 24, 2013, Drought Commission Meeting
- AGENDA: October 24, 2013, Drought Commission Meeting
- October 15, 2013, Drought Declaration
- Enrolled HB 1923: Emergency Drought Relief Fund and Commission
- OWRB Drought and Water Resource Monitoring
Eligibility for drought relief grants is limited to the following drought response activities:
- Pond cleanup and construction;
- Water conservation methods in production agriculture;
- Providing of water for livestock;
- Rural fire suppression activities as directed by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry;
- Red cedar eradication;
- Soil conservation;
- Emergency infrastructure conservation and measures; and
- Other drought response activities identified by the Emergency Drought Commission.
Because drought designations typically assume a dire need, assistance is expedited to selected applicants. Applications are reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants are asked to summarize their drought emergency in five pages or less, including details on how the request complies with requirements of HB 1923, full justification for the amount of assistance requested, details of any cost-share or matching funds provided by the applicant, ability of the applicant to finance the project without assistance, and implications should the applicant fail to receive funding for the desired activity or project. Additionally, applications to assist public water supply systems must include information about the system’s existing water and sewer rate structure, current indebtedness (per customer), and median customer household income.
For more information on assistance available through the Oklahoma Emergency Drought Relief Fund, contact Kirby Smith at (405) 521-6479.