Oklahoma Water Resources Board

Weather and Climate
8:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Study Will Develop Plan For Drought Stricken Southwest Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the terms of a plan to further study the Upper Red River Basin as part of the Water SMART Basin Studies Program.

The study, which has an estimated cost of approximately $1.4 million, will help Oklahoma’s southwest corner find ways to best conserve and manage the water they draw from the Upper Red River Basin. Southwest Oklahoma, Planning and Management Division Chief Julie Cunningham said, has been the region most affected by recent drought conditions in the state.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:07 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Mapped: Oklahoma’s Dams And The Potential Hazards They Pose

Explore Oklahoma’s dams with StateImpact’s interactive map detailing their age, type, owner, hazard classification and reported failures.

Oklahoma has the fifth-largest dam inventory in the United States. Ownership of the 4,700 dams is largely split between government agencies and private entities, including individual owners and other organizations like homeowner’s associations.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:44 am
Thu December 11, 2014

State Water Regulator Works To Reclassify Risks Of Decades-Old Oklahoma Dams

Families and a fisherman along the spillway beneath Broken Bow Dam in southeastern Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma has nearly 5,000 dams, more than most other states. When they were built, they were classified based on the risk their failure would pose to people and property.

But for many dams, it’s been decades since that risk was evaluated, and the potential hazard has changed because Oklahoma has changed. There are houses, roads and people where there weren’t before.

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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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Energy
7:45 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Vaughan: Lawmakers Should Reexamine Disposal Well Regulations

State Rep. Steve Vaughan (R-Ponca City) speaking during Tuesday's interim study on oil and gas regulation.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

At an interim hearing at the state Capitol Tuesday, a state representative from north-central Oklahoma questioned whether the state was properly inspecting oil and gas wells and had the rules necessary to prevent contamination of water supplies.

State Rep. Steve Vaughan (R-Ponca City) conducted the interim study and held the hearing. He’s concerned about saltwater pollution in Kay and Noble Counties, which has had large-scale fish-kills for three years in a row.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:14 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Federal Money Flows To Oklahoma For Water Infrastructure Fixes

Broken Bow Dam
Christopher Caldwell Flickr Creative Commons

Over the past week, Oklahoma has secured more than $37 million in federal funding for dam improvements across the state and for water system repairs in communities with aging pipes and treatment plants.

First, on July 18, the federal government announced a national dam assessment and repair program made possible by an “almost 21 fold” increase in funding for watershed rehabilitation under the 2014 Farm Bill. $26.4 million will go to Oklahoma.

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Water
10:21 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Officials To Study Oklahoma Water Shortage Solutions

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board is planning in-depth studies to prevent water supply shortages in western Oklahoma.

Planning specialists will study three of the state's twelve "Hot Spot" basins identified in a 2012 water plan as expected to have the most water supply challenges within the next 50 years.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:28 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Top Business Stories: Drilling In Norman, Aubrey McClendon, And Cows

Finley Resources drilling in Norman
Credit Samuel Perry / Journal Record

An Energy Company Drilling A Well In Norman Changes How It’s Getting Water.

Finley Resources is putting in a well on Franklin Road in Norman. At first, the company ran a line directly to a fire hydrant. That led the city to raise the prices it charges high-volume commercial users. The more water someone uses, the more it costs per thousand gallons.

As Finley moves into the completion phase – including hydraulically fracturing the well – it has also run a line into nearby Little River Creek.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Norman Lawmakers Push Wastewater Reuse In Search For Long-Term Water Fix

Lake Thunderbird in Norman, Oklahoma - June 2013
Kristina and David Flickr Creative Commons

Norman’s water problems are well documented. From dwindling supplies at Lake Thunderbird — the city’s deeply troubled main source of water — to anoverstressed and aging water treatment plant. Not to mention the outcry over the use of drinking water to drill an oil well with the public under mandatory conservation rules.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:58 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Misses Legislative Deadline In Oklahoma-Texas Border Dispute

Credit Paul L. McCord, Jr. / Flickr Creative Commons

Exactly where the border between Oklahoma and Texas lies along the Red River has never been completely clear, especially where Lake Texoma covers the original river shore.

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