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The Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan
OCWP Watershed Planning Region Reports
The Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP) contains a wealth of technical data, information, and policy recommendations manifested in an Executive Report, 13 Watershed Planning Region reports, and many additional technical study findings and reports. The OCWP serves as an indispensible resource for making informed decisions impacting water use and management through 2060 and beyond.
The OCWP Executive Report is a compilation of information produced during the five-year planning period. In addition to background information on water planning and management in Oklahoma, the report includes a statewide assessment of water supplies, future projections of demand, and potential options to alleviate anticipated deficits. The Water Policy Recommendations section presents suggested measures to address Oklahoma's key water issues.
Water supply and demand analysis results, forecasted water supply shortages, potential supply solutions and alternatives, and supporting technical information are presented in thirteen watershed planning region reports, which include 82 basin-level summaries.
OCWP Watershed Planning Regions
The OWRB contracted with the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute (OWRRI) to initiate an intensive public participation and policy development process.
Local Input Meetings at 42 locations statewide were well-attended and drew a wide variety of public comment on Oklahoma’s priority water issues.
Regional Input Meetings with 340 appointed participants and additional members of the public were held in Oklahoma’s 11 COG regions to identify 10 themes for further evaluation:
Focusing on the 10 themes, 20 appointed participants met for 3 Planning Workshops to outline recommendations that would satisfactorily address issues, concerns, and suggestions produced during the local and regional public meetings. The resulting recommendations were the focus of a three-day Town Hall meeting, hosted by the Oklahoma Academy.
OCWP Feedback Meetings provided a forum for citizens to review draft findings for both technical evaluations and policy recommendations.
Technical studies conducted by engineering teams contracted through the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as research studies compiled by various state and federal partners, provided information for development of the executive and regional reports. Statewide supply and demand were forecasted through 2060 utilizing a variety of demographic, economic, and related data.
Additional information gained during the development of the 2012 OCWP Update was provided by OCWP workgroups and documented in various supplemental reports. Other investigations were documented by state and federal agencies, organizations, and special interest groups. These reports provided valuable information about important issues as well as water policy recommendations.