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Below are press releases, sorted by year, issued by or involving the Water Resources Board.

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October 23, 2006

Water Board Seeks Volunteers for Eucha Lake Water Quality Study

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board is seeking citizen volunteers to participate in a federal project to collect water quality data at Eucha Lake.

August 15, 2006

OWRB Responds to Statewide Drought

In response to the ongoing, devastating drought impacting virtually every region in the state, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board is working with citizens and the state’s water use community to alleviate water supply problems.

July 18, 2006

Federal, State Funds Helping Westville Meet Tough Treatment Standards

OKLAHOMA CITY—Wastewater project funding from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and other state and federal agencies will not only result in a cleaner Barren Fork River, it is helping the small community of Westville cope with tough new discharge requirements.

July 14, 2006

OWRB Initiates Wister Shoreline Planting Program

On July 18-19, Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) staff will install a demo site at Quarry Island Cove for a long-term shoreline planting project at Lake Wister. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded the OWRB a $10,000 “Five Star Grant” for this project in 2005. These grants are specifically focused on jump-starting cooperation among at least five different organizations to work towards wildlife enhancement projects. Other organizations collaborating on this project include Poteau Valley Improvement Authority (PVIA), McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (MAAP), Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture (KCSA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC). Additional labor assistance will be provided by the James Hamilton Correctional Facility.

July 10, 2006

Canton Lake Water Release Scheduled

OKLAHOMA CITY—At the request of Oklahoma City officials, fellow members of the Canton Lake Advisory Committee have consented to the release of 25,000 acre-feet of water to supplement supply in the City’s central Oklahoma lakes.

June 12, 2006

Tulsa to Host Water Board Meeting

On June 20, 2006, Tulsa will host the monthly meeting of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parkview East Room at the Double Tree at Warren Place, 6110 South Yale. The nine-member Board, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month, usually at its Oklahoma City offices, is responsible for administering the use of both surface and groundwater in the state and overseeing the state's largest financial assistance program for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements in Oklahoma.

May 30, 2006

Wildlife Refuge to Host First Oklahoma Environmental Volunteer Conference

On June 26-27, a conference for environmental volunteers will be held at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. Entitled “Pulling Together: A Stewardship Conference for Environmental Volunteers,” the event has been designed to benefit any environmental volunteer, but should particularly appeal to anyone interested in water quality issues, such as volunteer lake or stream monitors and trainers.

May 23, 2006

What is Water Worth?

by Duane Smith, Executive Director
Oklahoma Water Resources Board

Reeling from the Dust Bowl and Depression of more than half a century ago, only a renewed sense of purpose and determination saved Oklahomans from almost certain ruin. Widespread water development, conservation and planning have since made Oklahoma a state rich with water resources, both on the surface and underground. Almost 1 billion gallons of surface water-our primary source of supply, most frequently for drinking and related public water needs-is consumed each and every day. In addition, the state's farms, ranches, cities and industries pull about 774,000,000 gallons of water each day from our aquifers.

May 19, 2006

OWRB to Hold Public Meeting on Clean Water State Revolving Fund FY 2007 Intended Use Plan

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board will hold a public meeting to receive comments on the draft FY 2007 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Priority Project List and Intended Use (Strategic) Plan on Thursday, June 22, 2006, at 10:30a.m. at 3800 North Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City.

May 1, 2006

Governor Proclaims May Flood Awareness Month

Because spring marks the unofficial beginning of the state's flood season and to make citizens aware of flooding problems and solutions, Governor Brad Henry has designated May as “Flood Awareness Month “ in Oklahoma.

April 12, 2006

First Water Appreciation Day Set for April 19

The inaugural Capitol Water Appreciation Day will be held April 19, 2006, at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.

March 27, 2006

Governor Declares March Flood Insurance Month

Each year in Oklahoma, thousands of citizens who experience flood damage lack the protection afforded through readily available flood insurance. To enhance awareness of the availability of federal flood insurance, as well as inform Oklahomans about intelligent floodplain management and development procedures, Governor Brad Henry has designated March as “Flood Insurance Month “ in Oklahoma.

March 9, 2006

Lake Carl Blackwell Focus Of Volunteer Clean-up Effort

Volunteers will comb the shores of Stillwater's Lake Carl Blackwell on Saturday, April 1, as part of Lake Sweep, an annual volunteer-driven beautification effort targeting state lakes of particular recreational importance. Local citizens are encouraged to attend the event, which will begin at 9 a.m.

March 9, 2006

Shawnee Twin Lakes Hosts Lake Sweep April 22

On April 22, volunteers will gather along the shores of Shawnee Twin Lakes with garbage bags in hand to participate in Lake Sweep, an organized cleanup of the area. Throughout the state, Lake Sweep events serve to foster citizen pride and public awareness while accentuating the recreational and related benefits of Oklahoma's reservoirs and municipal lakes. Volunteers pick up litter along shorelines that is not only unsightly, but can also have a negative impact on water quality and wildlife.

February 22, 2006

Water Board Launches Online Mapping Program

A new online mapping application developed by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board now allows the public to view and query comprehensive information concerning the state's surface and groundwater resources.

February 18, 2005

Lake Thunderbird Focus Of Volunteer Clean-up and Restoration Effort

On April 8, volunteers at Lake Thunderbird will once again participate in Lake Sweep, an annual event targeting state lakes of particular recreational importance.

February 9, 2006

OWRB Requests Comments on Proposed Amendments to Clean Water Project Plan

In accordance with program regulations, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board is requesting public comment on its amended FY 2006 Clean Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan.

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