The Norman Transcript

February 19, 2013

Caring for state resources — public water workshop

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — As part of ongoing efforts to help Oklahomans care for our state’s water resources, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts he Oklahoma Conservation Commission, the Cleveland County Conservation District and SustainableOKC are co-hosting a water workshop on Feb.. 24 at the Reed Center in Midwest City. The workshop will be held as part of the OACD Annual meeting that runs Feb. 24, 25 and 26.

“During this time of drought it’s important that we make every drop of water count,” said Sarah Pope, Programs OACD programs coordinator. “We hope that by hosting this event we can help those who come to become better stewards of this precious natural resource.”

Pope said that the session will kick off at 1:30 with a water quality workshop hosted by the Blue Thumb program and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Participants will learn how to be a volunteer water quality monitor, what they can do to reduce non-point source pollution and take part in an actual in the water demonstration of water quality monitoring and stream health indicators.

Two additional sessions are available at 2:45. One will cover more in-depth information on water quality including a demonstration of EnviroScape and Groundwater pollution models. A second session will focus on rain barrels, teaching homeowners how to install rain barrels based on their personal house and landscaping. Persons attending this session will build their own rain barrel to take home.

According to Pope, space for the workshop is limited and a $35 fee will be charged for the rain barrel workshop to cover the cost of each participant’s barrel. Anyone wanting more information or to register can go to online and visit the OACD web site at

“We hope to have a great turnout,” Pope Said. “Now, more than ever we need to be mindful of how we care for our water and we are glad that we can offer folks this chance to come out and learn how they can help be better stewards of our water resources.”

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