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

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December 15, 2010

Oklahoma Lakes and Maps Featured in New Publication

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) have teamed up to offer, free of charge, a new 178-page publication, “Lakes of Oklahoma.”

November 3, 2010

Three Named Oklahoma Water Pioneers

Oklahoma’s outgoing Attorney General, a municipal water law official, and a retired state water planner were all recognized last week as Oklahoma Water Pioneers for 2010.

October 12, 2010

J.D. Strong Approved As New Water Board Director

At its October meeting on Tuesday, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board unanimously approved J.D. Strong as the agency's new executive director. Strong, who also currently serves as Oklahoma Secretary of Environment, assumed the interim director position upon Duane Smith’s retirement and leave of absence last February.

June 11, 2010

OWRB Approves Transfer of Sardis Lake Storage to Oklahoma City

Agreement Would Address State Obligation, Meet Projected Growth, and Protect Southeast Oklahoma Water Needs

On Friday, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) approved a transfer agreement that will resolve once-and-for-all the State’s 36-year-old water storage contract obligation to the federal government for construction of Sardis Lake in southeastern Oklahoma, as well as provide options to help satisfy central Oklahoma’s long-term water supply needs. In addition to satisfying the State’s immediate need to make its next court-ordered payment to the federal government by July 1, significant water will be reserved to meet local needs well into the foreseeable future.

June 4, 2010

OWRB Director Announces Retirement

Duane Smith, executive director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, has announced his retirement after 32 years of service with the State of Oklahoma and the OWRB. Smith, who began a six-month leave of absence from the Board in February, has been working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers overseeing water and infrastructure development in Afghanistan. While home on leave this week, he informed the Board of his decision.

May 21, 2010

USGS and University Students To Conduct Aquifer Field Study May 25-28

OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Oklahoma Water Science Center and geology students from the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma State University will conduct a field investigation in the greater Oklahoma City area next Tuesday through Friday, May 25-28. The investigation is part of the Garber-Wellington Water Management Study.

April 13, 2010

Konawa Receives OWRB Grant to Resolve Water Problems

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board authorized vital funding to resolve long-standing water supply problems suffered by citizens in Konawa. The OWRB Emergency Grant of $78,937 was approved at the Water Board’s monthly meeting held in Oklahoma City.

February 10, 2010

EPA Regional Administrator, State Leaders Praise Oklahoma’s Stimulus Program

During Oklahoma’s Water Appreciation Day at the State Capitol on Tuesday, the newly-appointed regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency joined state legislative and appointed officials in recognizing the substantial work accomplished by state agencies and communities in implementing federal stimulus water and wastewater projects.

January 21, 2010

Oklahoma Leads Region in the Obligation of Stimulus Water Project Funds

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have expedited the last of funding derived from state water and wastewater infrastructure stimulus money obtained through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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