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OCWP Presentations

Joint Legislative Water Committee Briefing

Other Past Water Plans

2012 OCWP Video (2008)

2012 OCWP Update Status Reports (2007-2010)

Other Documents

Regional Water Planning

Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan

OCWP Overview Brochure

OCWP Executive Report

OCWP Watershed Planning Region Reports
Version 1.1, February 2013
Lower Arkansas
Lower Washita
Middle Arkansas
Upper Arkansas
West Central

2012 OCWP Water Demand Projections (fact sheet)
2007 water demands 2007 Statewide Demand
2007 water demands
2060 Projected Statewide Demand

2012 OCWP Map Viewer

Technical Studies
Approach for Statewide Reservoir Yield Analysis
Artificial Aquifer Recharge Issues & Recommendations
Climate [Change] Impacts to Streamflow
Conjunctive Water Management in Oklahoma and Other States
Conservation & Climate Change (Water Demand Addendum)
Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Assessment by Region
Incorporating Climate Change into Water Supply Planning and Yield Studies
Instream Flows in Oklahoma and the West
Marginal Quality Water Issues & Recommendations
Physical Water Supply Availability Report
Programmatic Workplan
Provider Survey Summary Report
Reservoir Viability Study
River Basin Water Allocation Modeling Report
Wastewater Infrastructure Needs Assessment by Region
Water Conveyance Study
Water Demand Forecast Report
Water Supply Hot Spot Report
Water Supply Permit Availability Report

OCWP Workgroup and Supplemental Reports
Agricultural Water Issues & Recommendations
Climate Issues & Recommendations
Financial Assessment of the OCWP: Drinking Water Infrastructure (FirstSouthwest)
Financial Assessment of the OCWP: Wastewater Infrastructure (FirstSouthwest)
Floodplain Management Issues & Recommendations
Instream Flow Issues & Recommendations
Oklahoma Statewide Water Quality Trends Analysis
Tribal Water Issues & Recommendations
Water Policy & Related Recommendations for Oklahoma
Water Quality Issues & Recommendations

The 2012 Update of 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 2012 OCWP serves as an indispensible resource for making informed decisions impacting water use and management through 2060 and beyond. Since its publication, many OCWP recommendations have been implemented.

2012 OCWP Implementation

Water for 2060

Conservation, Reuse, and Recycling

Water Project & Infrastructure Financing

  • State Question 764 (for improved AAA rating)
  • 2,100 Loans, >$3.8 Billion loaned to date
  • Grants

Water Quality & Quantity Monitoring

Supply Reliability

  • Maximum Annual Yield
    • Garber-Wellington
    • Rush Springs
    • Salt Fork of the Red River A&T
    • North Canadian A&T
    • North Fork of the Red River
    • Enid Isolated Terrace
    • Gerty Sand
    • Elk City Sandstone
    • Washita River Alluvium Reaches 1, 3, 4
  • Surface Water Allocation Modeling
    • Canadian River
    • Upper Washita River
    • Mud Creek
    • Walnut Bayou River
  • Aquifer Storage and Recovery Legislation, Rulemaking/Permitting system
  • Indirect Potable Reuse Rulemaking/Permitting System

Fish & Recreation Flows

Excess/Surplus Water

State/Tribal Resolution

Regional Planning

  • OWRB, DEQ, and other state agencies assist and regularly attend homegrown RPGs and encourage implementation where possible of OCWP Priorities

OCWP Implementation One Year Review
(Board presentation, June 18, 2013)

2012 OCWP Executive Report

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.

2012 OCWP Watershed Planning Region Reports

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
OCWP regions Southeast Report Blue-Boggy Report Lower Washita Report Beaver-Cache Report West Central Report Upper Arkansas Report Southwest Report Panhandle Report Middle Arkansas Report Grand Report Central Report Lower Arkansas Report Eufaula Report

Public Participation & Policy Development

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:

  • Balancing Water Supply and Demand
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Availability
  • Surface Water-Groundwater Relationships
  • Land Use Practices
  • Water Sales and Transfers
  • Inter-Governmental Water Resource Management
  • Inter-Agency Water Resource Management
  • Stakeholder Involvement and Conflict Management
  • Consideration of Local and Regional Issues

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

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.

OCWP Workgroup & Supplemental Reports

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.

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