Illinois RIver

StateImpact Oklahoma
8:17 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Flaming Waterways And Death Threats: The History Of Oklahoma’s Scenic Rivers

A group of Tulsa bartenders prepare for a day on the Illinois River at Diamondhead Resort near Tahlequah, Okla.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

This is part one of StateImpact Oklahoma’s four-part series on the history of Oklahoma’s scenic rivers and the threats they face. 

The six eastern Oklahoma waterways classified as scenic rivers are each examples of the pristine beauty of that part of the state. They’re also tourist magnets. Even on a Monday morning, rowdy Tulsans pile into a bus at Diamondhead Resort and rumble toward the nearest access point into the Illinois River.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:51 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Pressure On Arkansas Polluters Behind Recent Illinois River Water Quality Gains

Ed Brocksmith, co-founder of the advocacy group Save the Illinois River, says clearer water doesn't mean the poultry industry should be off the hook.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Former State Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas poultry industry in 2005.

His claim: Chicken waste was polluting the Illinois River with phosphorous. Arguments ended in 2009. Since then: nothing. The judge still hasn’t ruled.

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Politics and Government
4:08 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Oklahoma To Work With Arkansas On Water Quality

Shanon Phillips receives 15 year service award from Mike Thralls (left) and Mike Rooker.
Credit Conservaton Commission

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Conservation Commission Water Quality Division Director Shanon Phillips as one of three representatives from the state on a joint committee with Arkansas to review the phosphorus water quality standard for the Illinois River.

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Water
1:09 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

States Set to Recalculate Pollution Levels In Illinois River

Fishing on the Illinois River near Tahlequah, Okla.
Credit Schlüsselbein2007 / Flickr (Creative Commons)

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a limit on phosphorus concentrations in the Illinois River in Oklahoma was "unfairly calculated" when it was set a year ago.

So, McDaniel said Wednesday that Arkansas entities will pay for a new $600,000 study to work out a more scientific and reasonable limit.

The Illinois is designated a scenic river in Oklahoma, but officials there say runoff from poultry operations in Arkansas has harmed the water quality in the river, which begins in Arkansas and flows into Oklahoma.

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