The Norman Transcript

Homepage

May 18, 2014

Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day set for May 19

NORMAN — The ninth annual Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day will be Monday at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board will host the event featuring water agency and organization booths and displays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fourth floor rotunda.

“While we hope Oklahomans appreciate water every day, Water Appreciation Day is a great opportunity to highlight for state legislators and other government officials the importance of Oklahoma’s water resources, as well as to provide information on water management, conservation and educational programs,” said J.D. Strong, OWRB executive director. “This exhibition on Oklahoma’s diverse water resources is especially appropriate now as we wrestle with a fourth straight year of drought and continue implementation of Water for 2060, our major, statewide water conservation campaign.”

Arising from the 2012 update of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan, Water for 2060 stems from legislation signed by Gov. Mary Fallin in 2012 that establishes a statewide goal of maintaining fresh water use at current levels through 2060.

An Advisory Council is currently studying innovative incentives and voluntary solutions to help meet the goal, while at the same time meeting increasing demands for water and avoiding forecasted water shortages.

Some options under consideration include improved irrigation/farming techniques, water recycling/reuse systems, high-efficiency plumbing codes, smart irrigation, education programs to change consumer habits, water conservation pricing, financial assistance incentives and leak detection programs.

The OWRB, Oklahoma’s water agency since 1957, continues its original charge of identifying water problems and proposing policies for fair and equitable water laws.

Additionally, the OWRB has provided more than $3.1 billion in loans and grants to assist communities and rural water districts in the construction of water and wastewater facilities, administers almost 13,000 permits for the beneficial use of stream and groundwater, monitors and studies the quality and quantity of surface and groundwaters, ensures the safety of private dams, encourages responsible floodplain management, coordinates four interstate stream compacts, develops Oklahoma Water Quality Standards to curb water pollution, identifies pollution sources, restores water quality and oversees statewide water planning.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines

Sports

Opinion

Features

Must Read

Editorials

Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Business
Photos


Facebook