At its monthly meeting on Monday, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board unanimously approved the 2012 Update of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP).
The vote of the nine members took place in advance of the OCWP's formal roll-out at the Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman.
“This plan is the result of five years of dedicated work by Water Board staff, numerous state and federal partners, and stakeholders and countless other Oklahomans in laying the crucial groundwork for Oklahoma’s water future,” says OWRB Chairman Linda Lambert. “Recognizing the substantial role that water plays in our everyday lives and in our state’s economic sustainability, this plan represents a firm foundation upon which we can build a lasting legacy for Oklahoma.”
The 2012 OCWP Update, officially comprised of the Executive Report and 13 Watershed Planning Region reports, contains more than 3,500 pages of technical and policy assessment. In addition to dozens of technical studies, the OCWP’s unprecedented public participation phase involved almost 100 public meetings to frame the state’s most pressing water problems and develop recommendations to address them.
“The Board’s vote today is a huge milestone for Oklahoma as we mark the end of one chapter and the beginning of another to implement what I believe is the most thorough and well-vetted state water plan in the nation,” adds OWRB Executive Director J. D. Strong. “With the extensive planning effort now behind us, we look forward to working with the Governor, Legislature, and hundreds of partners that engaged in this process to develop programs and policies that will ensure a sound, stable, and reliable water future for generations of Oklahomans to come.”
The final 2012 OCWP Update is available on the OWRB’s website at www.owrb.ok.gov.