Courts Pulls Plug on EPA Water Rule with Temporary Stay

October 9, 2015

On Oct. 9, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati granted a temporary nationwide stay of the new Clean Water Rule. Published in June by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, the Clean Water Rule attempts to more clearly define which of the nation’s waters are protected by…

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EPA Takes Steps to Improve Water Quality of Illinois River

October 6, 2015

On October 1, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Illinois River Watershed Modeling Program which resulted from several years of collaboration with local stakeholders, states and tribes in both Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Modeling Program will assist in the development of water pollution controls needed to meet water quality standards throughout the watershed and…

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Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week from October 11–17

October 5, 2015

To celebrate the nation’s enduring connections to the natural world and the unique ways nature touches everyone’s lives, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week from October 11-17, 2015. National wildlife refuges, managed by the Service, have been part of America’s rich natural heritage since 1903, when President Theodore Roosevelt…

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Wildlife Department Developing Walk-in Hunting and Fishing Program

October 3, 2015

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is working on a plan to lease property from interested landowners to provide increased walk-in hunting and fishing access to sportsmen. At its September meeting, the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission heard a presentation on the plan, made possible by a Farm Bill program grant of more than $2.2 million…

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Wildlife Department to Host Monarch Watch at Hackberry Flat WMA

October 2, 2015

Monarchs will soon be southbound and you can help biologists tag these migrating butterflies during the weeklong monarch watch Oct. 3-10 at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwestern Oklahoma. Activities begin at 8 a.m., Oct. 3 with an educational monarch program. Melynda Hickman, wildlife diversity biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will…

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