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December 9, 2015

OWRB named Top Oklahoma Workplace for third consecutive year

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) has been selected as one of The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces for a third consecutive year.  The Oklahoman’s Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by a third party research firm that focuses on organizational health and employee engagement.


December 4, 2015

Garber Municipal Authority Receives $2,100,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Garber Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,100,000 in funding Wednesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's water system will be funded by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).


December 4, 2015

Rural Logan County Water and Sewer District Receives $1,400,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

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November 30, 2015

36th Annual Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference & Research Symposium Set for Dec. 1 & 2 in Norman

The 36th annual Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference will be held this week on December 1-2 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman, OK.


November 17, 2015

Eufaula Public Works Authority Receives $675,000 Water System Loan from OWRB

The Eufaula Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $675,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's water system. Installation of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan program.


November 17, 2015

Tuttle Public Works Authority Receives $329,500 Water System Loan from OWRB

The Tuttle Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $329,500 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's water system. Installation of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan program.


November 4, 2015

Water Board and Wildlife Department Announce New Edition of Lakes of Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board and Oklahoma Wildlife Department announced today a new edition of the popular and award-winning Lakes of Oklahoma map book. This third edition of the book is available in print and online. Lakes of Oklahoma includes 148 detailed maps with recreational features, topography, bathymetry, access points, and other important information.


October 23, 2015

Governor Mary Fallin Praises Water for 2060 Advisory Council for Final Water Efficiency Recommendations

In the wake of Oklahoma’s worst drought in decades, Governor Mary Fallin today praised Oklahoma's Water for 2060 Advisory Council for its diligent work to develop a blueprint for drought-proofing Oklahoma.


October 21, 2015

Canute Public Works Authority Receives $2,120,000 Water System Loan from OWRB

The Canute Public Works Authority received approval for a $2,120,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The project will also include funding through a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), as well as a $100,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) Grant from Southwestern Oklahoma Development Association (SWODA), for a total project cost of $2,570,000.


October 21, 2015

Hughes County Water District Receives $133,700 Water System Loan from OWRB

Hughes County Rural Water District No. 5 (District) received approval for a $133,700 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District's water infrastructure. Installation of upgrades and improvements to the District's water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan program. The project funding also includes a $31,000 Rural Economic Action Program (REAP) grant.


October 21, 2015

Lexington Public Works Authority Receives $3,091,500 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Lexington Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $3,091,500 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's wastewater system. Installation of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan program.


October 21, 2015

Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority Receives $28,330,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (Authority) received approval for a $28,330,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's wastewater infrastructure. Installation of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan program.


September 25, 2015

Smithee Named to Oklahoma Scenic River Hall of Fame

Derek Smithee, Chief of Oklahoma Water Resources Board's (OWRB) Water Quality Division, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Hall of Fame on Sept. 26 during the annual membership meeting of Save the Illinois River, Inc (STIR).


September 25, 2015

State, Local Officials Highlight $2.875 Million Drought Relief Project Near Altus

State and local officials gathered in Altus this week to highlight a $2.875 million project to improve the community's water infrastructure to better prepare it for extended drought conditions. The project includes the construction several miles of new water line to bring well water from the community's Round Timer Ranch well field, and to loop some existing dead-end lines back to the system thereby increasing water distribution capacity.


September 17, 2015

Annual Meeting of the AR-OK Arkansas River Compact Commission Set for September 24

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission will be held at 9:00a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015, in the Cherokee Meeting Room at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 2142 Mahaney Avenue, Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464.


September 15, 2015

Join the Oklahoma Water Resources Board at the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo

Oklahoma Wildlife Expo is again drawing near, and this year the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) will hosting the "Getting Bugged About Water Quality" activity at booth #48. The Expo will be held September 25-27th at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie.


September 15, 2015

Ada Public Works Authority Receives $26,000,000 Water System Loan from OWRB

The Ada Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $26,000,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).


August 18, 2015

Avant Utilities Authority Receives $36,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Avant Utilities Authority (Authority) in Osage County received approval for a $36,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's water infrastructure.


August 18, 2015

Bluejacket Public Works Authority Receives $42,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Bluejacket Public Works Authority (Authority) in Craig County received approval for a $42,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water infrastructure.


August 18, 2015

Broken Arrow Municipal Authority Receives $2,045,000 Water System Loan from OWRB

The Broken Arrow Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $2,045,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's water infrastructure. Installation of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan program.


August 18, 2015

Hughes County Rural Water District Receives $31,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

Hughes County Rural Water District No. 5 (District) received approval for a $31,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District's water infrastructure.


August 18, 2015

Sentinel Public Works Authority Receives $75,700 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Sentinel Public Works Authority (Authority) in Washita County received approval for a $75,700 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the Authority's water infrastructure.


August 18, 2015

Town of Waukomis Receives $93,000 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Town of Waukomis received approval for a $93,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water infrastructure.


August 11, 2015

OWRB's Derek Smithee Awarded National Water Administrators Association's "Highest Honor"

Derek Smithee, the OWRB's Chief of Water Quality Division, has been selected by the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) as the recipient of the organization's 2015 Environmental Statesman Award. The Environmental Statesman Award, presented to Smithee at ACWA's Mid-Year Meeting in Minneapolis this week, is the "Association's highest honor, presented to Association Members and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to ACWA over a multi-year period."


July 21, 2015

Gracemont Public Works Authority Receives $79,891 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Gracemont Public Works Authority (Authority) in Caddo County received approval for a $79,891 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water infrastructure.


July 21, 2015

Panama Public Works Authority Receives $87,000 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Panama Public Works Authority (Authority) in LeFlore County received approval for a $87,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's wastewater infrastructure.


July 21, 2015

Perkins Public Works Authority Receives $615,000 Water System Loan from OWRB

The Perkins Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $615,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water infrastructure. Installation of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's water system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan program.


July 21, 2015

Porter Public Works Authority Receives $79,900 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Porter Public Works Authority (Authority) in Wagoner County received approval for a $79,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water infrastructure.


July 21, 2015

Stonewall Public Works Authority Receives $98,700 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Stonewall Public Works Authority (Authority) in Pontotoc County received approval for a $98,700 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water infrastructure.


June 17, 2015

Binger Public Works Authority Receives OWRB Grant to Repair Sewer System

Binger Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $40,342 Emergency Grant from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) on Tuesday to repair a portion of its sewer system.


June 17, 2015

Broken Arrow Municipal Authority Receives $13,000,000 Loan from the OWRB for Water and Wastewater System Improvements

Broken Arrow Municipal Authority (Authority) received approval for a $13,000,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water and wastewater infrastructure.


June 17, 2015

Cherokee Development Authority Receives $2,640,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Cherokee Development Authority (Authority) received approval for a $2,640,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's wastewater infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the Authority's wastewater system will be financed by the Oklahoma Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).


June 17, 2015

Dewey County Rural Water and Sewer District Receives $99,900 Grant from the OWRB

The Dewey County Rural Water District No. 3 received approval for a $99,900 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water infrastructure.


June 17, 2015

Lincoln County Rural Water and Sewer District Receives $99,409 Grant from the OWRB

The Lincoln County Rural Water District No. 1 received approval for a $99,409 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant Tuesday through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the District's water infrastructure.


June 17, 2015

Locust Grove Public Works Authority Receives $820,000 Loan from OWRB

Locust Grove Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for a $820,000 Financial Assistance Program (FAP) loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) for refinancing an existing water infrastructure loan.


May 27, 2015

OWRB Executive Director's Statement on EPA's "Waters of the U.S." Rule Announcement

J.D. Strong, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB), released the following statement on today's announcement of the Environmental Protection Agency's clean water rule:


May 20, 2015

Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust Receives $800,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust received an $800,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to facilitate improvements to the community's wastewater infrastructure. The OWRB approved the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan during the Board's regular monthly meeting.


May 20, 2015

Copan Public Works Authority Receives $99,990 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Copan Public Works Authority in Washington County has been awarded a $99,990 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's wastewater infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency's monthly board meeting on May 19.


May 5, 2015

Oklahoma Water Monitoring Reports Available

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board's Beneficial Use Monitoring Program (BUMP) annual reports of statewide water quality data for lakes, streams, and groundwater are now available online at www.owrb.ok.gov/BUMP.


Apr 23, 2015

Sperry Utility Service Authority Receives $75,715 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Sperry Utility Service Authority in Tulsa County has been awarded a $75,715 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's wastewater infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency's monthly board meeting on April 21.


March 31, 2015

OWRB and USBR to Host Upper Red River Basin Study Public Meeting in Altus

Officials and water planning specialists with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) and the Bureau of Reclamation have announced a meeting to provide the public with information regarding an upcoming study of the Upper Red River Basin. The public meeting will be held at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus (711 West Tamarack Road) on April 15th from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. In addition to learning about the study, the meeting will provide the region's stakeholders an opportunity to provide input.


March 26, 2015

Altus Receives $2.3 Million Water System Loan from OWRB

The Altus Municipal Authority (Authority) received a $2,300,000 loan Wednesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to facilitate improvements to the community's water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan during the panel's regular monthly board meeting.


March 10, 2015

Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day Set for March 11

The tenth annual Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day is scheduled to be held Wednesday, March 11th in the 4th floor Rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) will host the event featuring water-related agency and organization booths and displays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Capitol's 4th floor rotunda. Water Appreciation Day presents a unique opportunity for water-focused groups to demonstrate the importance of Oklahoma's water resources as well as provide information on their water management, conservation, and educational programs for state legislators and other government officials.


February 18, 2015

Logan County Rural Water District Receives $1.3 Million Water System Loan from OWRB

The Logan County Rural Water District No. 1, located in southern Logan County between Guthrie and Edmond, received a $1.3 million loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to facilitate improvements to the district's water distribution infrastructure. The OWRB approved the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan during the panel's regular monthly meeting.


February 18, 2015

Thomas Public Works Authority Receives $150,000 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Thomas Public Works Authority has been awarded a $150,000 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's wastewater infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency's monthly board meeting on February 17.


February 9, 2015

OWRB Statement on Proposed Wetland Water Quality Standards Rule

As noted in the draft agenda that was posted last week for the OWRB's monthly board meeting on February 17th, the agency has opted to pull the wetlands water quality standards proposal at this time for further work with concerned stakeholders.


January 20, 2015

Canadian Public Works Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Wastewater System Improvements

The Canadian Public Works Authority in Pittsburg County has been awarded a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency's monthly board meeting on January 20.


January 20, 2015

Nicoma Park Development Authority Receives $3,890,000 Wastewater System Loan from OWRB

The Nicoma Park Development Authority received a $3,890,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to expand the community's wastewater infrastructure. The OWRB approved the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan during the panel's regular monthly meeting on January 20.


January 20, 2015

Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust Receives $35,838,000 Water System Loan from OWRB

The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust received a $35,838,000 loan Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to facilitate improvements to the community's water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan during the panel's regular monthly meeting.


January 20, 2015

Verden Public Works Authority Receives $99,999 Grant for Water System Improvements

The Verden Public Works Authority in Grady County has been awarded a $99,999 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant through the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the community's water infrastructure. The OWRB approved the grant during the agency's monthly board meeting on January 20.


January 16, 2015

Brittnee Preston Joins Oklahoma Water Resources Board Team

Brittnee Preston has been hired as a Director of Federal and Congressional Affairs for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB).


January 12, 2015

Public Forum in Tahlequah to Kick Off Pilot Study on Illinois River Flow Priorities

Officials and water planning specialists with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) have announced a public forum in Tahlequah regarding an upcoming pilot study to look at fish and recreation flow needs, also called "instream flows," upstream of Tenkiller Reservoir on the Illinois River, Baron Fork Creek, and Flint Creek.



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