The board that oversees the water distribution of Waurika Lake says drought conditions continue to affect the lake, which is used as a water source in southwest Oklahoma.
Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District Director David Taylor says the Waurika Lake watershed has received just 14.7 inches of rain this year. According to the Lawton Constitution, Taylor estimates that the lake has enough usable water to last until March 2016.
Taylor says rehabilitation and maintenance work to the lake could increase that time to January 2017.
The University of Oklahoma formally dedicated a new, 35,000 square foot Radar Innovations Laboratory Wednesday afternoon.
OU President David Boren says the goal of the facility is to spark innovation of the next generation of radar and microwave electronics.
“As academia works with the private sector, works with government to make things happen, to make the resources to be here, to be possible, what a partnership that can be," Boren said. "What a powerful partnership that can be for the future of our state, and the future of our country."
A lake in northeastern Oklahoma has dipped to its shallowest level since its impoundment 30 years ago.
Sara Goodeyon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells the Tulsa World that Skiatook Lake had a level of about 698 feet on Friday. Despite recent rains, it's more than 15 feet below normal. The last time it was above the normal level of 714 feet was more than four years ago.
Oklahoma wheat farmers want the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement now a policy that's scheduled to start in 2016 that farmers say would help ease the financial pain of ongoing drought.
The policy is part of the 2014 Farm Bill.
The amount of crop insurance a farmer is eligible for depends on actual production history. Farmers who lose crops to drought several years in a row have to report lower yields, meaning their insurance coverage decreases each year.
Duncan’s water supplies are already in bad shape because of the drought. Lake Waurika — Duncan’s main water source — is only about 32 percent full, and city officials are beginning to look toward groundwater as a lake levels continue to drop.
And if it weren’t enough for water supplies to be stretched to their limits, now the water itself is contaminated.
A group that wants storm shelters in every Oklahoma school has spent the last 90 days gathering signatures to get its initiative petition on the ballot. Take Shelter Oklahoma is still tens of thousands of signatures short of the required amount, but proponents now have more time than they originally thought.
In the wake of last year’s devastating tornadoes, millions of dollars in donations went to The United Way of Central Oklahoma. The non-profit organization also agreed to administer Governor Mary Fallin’s Oklahoma Strong tornado relief campaign. Together, the funds raised a total of $20 million.
One week after the tornado hit the city of Moore in May of 2013, country singer Blake Shelton showed up to host a benefit concert called Healing in the Heartland.
Oklahoma officials say $1.5 million in drought grants is available for projects that highlight the responsible use of water.
The grants are capped at $500,000 each, and the deadline for application is Nov. 26. Gov. Mary Fallin says the responsible use of water is the most effective and immediate way to prevent future water shortages in Oklahoma.
According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, about 85 percent of Oklahoma is experiencing some form of drought, with the driest conditions occurring in the southwest and the Panhandle.