Logan Layden

Broadcast Reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma

Logan Layden is a native of McAlester, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and spent three years as a state capitol reporter and local host of All Things Considered for NPR member station KGOU in Norman.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:41 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Oklahoma Drought Is The Central Theme Of 2014 Governor's Water Conference

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla. 2) addresses attendees during the 2014 Governor's Water Conference while U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla. 3) and U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) look on.
Credit Congressman Markwayne Mullin / Facebook

The annual Governor’s Water Conference continues Thursday in downtown Oklahoma City.

Wednesday water experts and authorities discussed crop use and what Las Vegas could teach Oklahoma about resource management.

Oklahoma Water Resources Board Executive Director J.D. Strong says the state is learning to adapt to this new – and dry – normal.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:36 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Eastern Oklahoma Coal Mining Comeback Stalls Along With Demand From China

Steel Plant, Anshan, Liaoning, China, February 2009.
Sonya Song Flickr

In May of last year, it looked like impoverished areas of eastern Oklahoma would be getting a lifeline. Coal mining, once a vital industry there, was on a comeback thanks to increasing international demand. The prospect of hundreds of new jobs had people in the area excited when StateImpact first visited Heavener, but things have changed since then.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:49 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Legislature Studies Red Cedar Threat And Creative Ways To Fight Its Spread

Homeowner Larry Huff holds a shard of Eastern Red Cedar, the handiwork of an Oklahoma County program that clears the flammable tree from private property.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The eastern red cedar tree’s bad reputation for fueling wildfires, hogging water, and disrupting ecosystems in Oklahoma is drawing the attention of state lawmakers, but so are ways to put the tree to use, like to help fight cancer.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:02 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Three Reasons To Care That Oklahoma is Number 1 In Gypsum: Twinkies, Beer, Roads

Gypsum embedded in the landscape at Gloss Mountain State Park in Major County.
Chip Smith Flickr

Here’s what seems like a mundane factoid about the Sooner State: Oklahoma leads the nation in gypsum mining.

Mildly interesting, right? Actually, it’s fascinating, as The Oklahoman‘s Mike Coppock explains:

The next time you bit down on a Twinkie, know there is a good chance part of it was mined out of a mesa south of Little Sahara State Park.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:37 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Drought And Conservation Driving Water Contamination In Duncan

Duncan Public Works Director Scott Vaughn
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

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.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:54 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Uncertainty Looms Over Walnut Creek’s Somber Final Weekend As A State Park

It would be difficult to find exactly where Walnut Creek is without this sign at the end of the rocky road to the park.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Walnut Creek State Park closed indefinitely last weekend, the latest in a series of park closures that started in 2011, and a victim of budget priorities and changing attitudes at the department of tourism. StateImpact traveled to the banks of Keystone Lake to visit with some of Walnut Creek’s last campers as a state park, and the people whose livelihoods are now in danger.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:46 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Small Oklahoma Town Hunts For More Water As Cleveland Lake Silts In

Cleveland, Oklahoma — population 3,200 — relies on a small reservoir southwest of the city for its water, despite being located on the banks of the Arkansas River.

And a water crisis is brewing there. But the problem can’t be blamed on crumbling pipelines, an obsolete treatment plant, or drought — though more rain is needed. The problem is silt. The Cleveland Reservoir is nearly 80 years old.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:03 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Confusion Fueling Oklahoma Outcry Over EPA’s ‘Waters Of The United States’ Rule

Mason Bolay climbs into the cab of a tractor on his family's farm near Perry, Okla.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine calls it a power grab by an imperial president. U.S. Representative Frank Lucas says it would trigger an onslaught of additional red tape for famers and ranchers in Oklahoma.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:20 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

State Officials: Oklahoma Needs Oil Industry’s Help To Meet Water Goals

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Insufficient rains and increasing demand put enormous pressure on Oklahoma’s water resources both on the surface and underground. But it’s also hard to overstate the role evaporation plays in the drought.

The oil and gas industry has been part of the problem, storing tens of millions of gallons of water needed for the hydraulic fracturing process in large, open pits, leaving it to be ravaged by evaporation until the water is needed.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:37 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Drought-Stricken Southwest Oklahoma Towns Look For More Water Underground

After four years of drought, municipal water storage in in Altus-Lugert lake has dropped to about 10 percent.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Water supplies in southwest Oklahoma are in danger of drying up as four years of drought drag lake levels to record lows. Some communities are scrambling to supplement their current water sources, while others look for new sources — in Texas.

Estimates say Duncan’s main water source — Lake Waurika — could be too low to use by 2016.

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