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From the Planning Director

2025 OCWP Programmatic Work Plan completed!
With input from several selected work groups, agencies, and known professionals from across the state, the OCWP Team has finalized its Work Plan and Engagement Plan. Learn more...

Governor's Water Conference Videos by Speaker Now Online!
Our first-ever virtual/in-person hybrid conference attracted over 300 attending online! Speakers focused largely on the big picture thinking about Water Planning, namely using the One Water mindset integrating use and reuse of all aspects of water from irrigation to municipal to flood and drought planning. Visit our GWC Presentations page to download slides or watch video.

Water for 2060 Excellence Awards!

2060 for Agriculture video - Buck Family Farm - Learn about the challenges of irrigation in the OK Panhandle today and how smart people are meeting them, producing more with less!

2060 Municipal Reuse video - City of Bartlesville - The first city in Oklahoma to take on the dreaded potable reuse challenge: Taking it to its public! And won! Hear how, with early planning, early engagement, and some honest and open dialogue Bartlesville has likely secured their water demands for the future at a fraction of the cost!

Outstanding Student Water Research Posters 2021

Section Roles & Responsibilities

The Water Planning section of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board is responsible for coordinating decadal updates of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP) and subsequently managing initiatives, studies, and projects that were recommended by the most recent update of the Water Plan (2012 OCWP).

OWRB Planning strives to shed light OK's most critical water issues and greatest opportunities and the resources you need for well informed decision-making.

Past examples would include the statewide Water for 2060 initiative, the Produced Water Working Group with associated reports and studies, and the Instream Flow Advisory Group with resulting studies.

Staff are currently beginning work on the 2025 Update of the OCWP, with assistance from our OCWP & USACE engineering contractors, partner organizations, agencies, tribes, and universities; along with expert input from the private and public sectors.

OWRB Planning through the OCWP Process gives us a snapshot of the current water position of the state.

With updated geospatial values to the basin scale on:

  • supply and 50-year projected demands,
  • identified surface water gaps and groundwater depletions,
  • estimates of infrastructure needs, and
  • local input from water experts in every sector on the most pressing current issues

 

 


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