Oklahoma Conservation News

Aging Oklahoma Dam Infrastructure Slated for Upgrades

July 23, 2014

PERRY, Okla., July 18, 2014 – Communities across Oklahoma will benefit from a $26 million investment to upgrade dams that provide critical infrastructure and protect public health and safety, says the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. National, state and local officials gathered at Perry Lake to announce mostly 2014 Farm Bill funding for dam upgrades in a…

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EPA Administrator Attempts to Calm Storm Over Federal Water Rule

July 11, 2014

With the controversy heating up over a proposed clean water rule, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy traveled to the heartland this month to attempt to ease the concerns of agriculture producers. The interpretive rule was proposed in March by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in an attempt to define the scope of…

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EPA Provides Tool to Help Communities Become More Flood Resilient

July 10, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool today to help communities prepare for, deal with and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens,…

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Deadline to apply for USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program is July 14

July 7, 2014

Agriculture producer groups, local governments and other community organizations interested in partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to leverage federal resources to support area conservation projects may submit a partnership proposal to participate in the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) by July 14. Authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill, RCPP encourages partners…

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Aerial Survey Shows Lesser Prairie-chicken Population Increased 20 Percent in 2014

July 3, 2014

Biologists Note Regional Populations Fluctuate, Emphasize Value of Improved Habitat The third annual Lesser Prairie-chicken aerial survey shows a nearly 20 percent increase in the bird’s range-wide population, up from an estimated 18,747 birds in 2013 to 22,415 this year, according to the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA). While wildlife biologists are…

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