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October 18, 2007

Oklahoma City to Host Annual Water Conference & Water Research Symposium October 23-25

OKLAHOMA CITY—State and national experts will analyze the diverse water and environmental issues facing Oklahoma and discuss details surrounding an ongoing update of the state’s Water Plan at the 28th Annual Governor’s Water Conference and Water Research Symposium on October 23-25 at the Cox Business Services Convention Center in Oklahoma City. The Conference/Symposium—cosponsored by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) and Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute (OWRRI)—will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, and conclude Thursday afternoon, October 25.

August 23, 2007

Making Oklahoma Communities “Flood Safe”

The extensive statewide flooding in July and August has raised numerous questions concerning community floodplain management and land use. However, both prior to and in the wake of this flooding, state and local officials are continually working to make Oklahoma’s cities, towns and counties “flood safe.”

July 18, 2007

Water Board Stresses Future Prevention in Wake of Statewide Flooding

The OWRB, in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Association of State Floodplain Managers, and Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association, is reminding flood-ravaged communities in Oklahoma that now is the time to prevent future flood problems by elevating, relocating or demolishing repeatedly-damaged structures.

July 9, 2007

Survey to Assess Condition of Oklahoma Lakes

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board is teaming up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a statewide assessment of the condition of selected Oklahoma lakes. The survey, which targets 52 randomly selected lakes throughout the state, began in June and will continue throughout September.

June 15, 2007

OWRB Elects Officers; Mark Nichols of Altus as Chairman

Jess Mark Nichols of Altus, Oklahoma, was elected the new Chairman at the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 12.

May 21, 2007

WRDA Bill to Provide Funding for Water Plan

On Friday, Senator James Inhofe announced Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which includes several critical provisions for Oklahoma. Following the bill’s passage, by a vote of 91-4, a press release by Senator Inhofe pointed out that water resources are “one of Oklahoma’s greatest assets.”

May 1, 2007

Second Water Appreciation Day Set for May 8

The second annual Capitol Water Appreciation Day will be held May 8, 2007, at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.

April 30, 2007

Governor Proclaims May Flood Awareness Month

OKLAHOMA CITY -- 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.

March 19, 2007

Water Quality Monitoring Compliments Langston University’s Curricula

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) and Langston University have launched a joint effort to integrate volunteer water quality monitoring into traditional college curriculum for the first time.

February 16, 2007

Governor Declares March Flood Insurance Month

OKLAHOMA CITY – 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.

January 17, 2007

Canton Lake Water Release Scheduled

OKLAHOMA CITY-The Oklahoma Water Resources Board has announced plans for the release of 15,000 acre-feet of water from Canton Lake beginning next week to supplement supply in Oklahoma City’s central Oklahoma lakes.

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