River Health

Legislature votes to protect Glover River

April 28, 2022

Oklahoma’s only free-flowing natural river will forever remain that way if Gov. Kevin Stitt signs a bill passed this week by the state legislature.

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Wastewater variance bill worries water-quality watch groups

April 15, 2022

HB 3824 gives DEQ the ability to give industry, water treatment plants a temporary pass By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Water-quality watchers raised alarms this week saying the state’s favorite scenic river could be threatened as the state legislature moves to pass a rule change sought by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. A closer…

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House bill reveals issues with poultry litter plans

March 27, 2022

As large-scale poultry houses multiplied the past five years, regulatory agencies saw cutbacks, and federal environmental rules changed.

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Judge rules OWRB failed to heed Water Quality Act

March 1, 2022

The summary judgment, issued by Judge Barry Denney, put an exclamation point on the court’s February 2020 temporary injunction that found the Water Resources Board failed to follow state law when issuing the groundwater use permits in eastern Oklahoma.

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Tulsa struggles with low-water dam operations puzzle

November 18, 2021

Can technology of $48 million Zink Dam satisfy broad river interests? By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Conservation conflicts around low-water dams nationwide are on display in Tulsa, where a new $48 million dollar replacement for the 40-year-old defunct Zink Dam promised “better.” Community members are at odds over what, exactly, that means. Thousands of communities…

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