River Health

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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Anglers say Zink Dam operations plan lacking

October 22, 2021

Tulsa City councilors consider creating a community workgroup after hearing angler concerns about a lacking Zink Dam operations plan.

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OWRB passes new Illinois River water quality standards, minus ‘critical condition’

March 16, 2021

Stakeholders argue against long studied 55%-or-greater flow definition By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF The Oklahoma Water Resources Board adopted proposed changes to water quality monitoring standards for the Illinois River watershed in its Tuesday meeting, but one key proposed change failed to clear the public comments hurdle. The proposed standards involved Chapters 45 and 46…

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State’s Poultry waste data falls short

February 16, 2021

After four years of annual reports the general public no longer has access to a detailed accounting of how nearly 200,000 tons of waste produced by Oklahoma’s Poultry Feeding Operations is exported or applied on state lands, including sensitive watersheds.

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Federation lauds provisions in year-end bill

December 23, 2020

Federation lauds year-end bill’s bipartisan wins for water, wildlife, resilience National Wildlife FederationMike Saccone WASHINGTON, D.C. — The year-end legislation to fund critical government services includes crucial wins for water, wildlife, and resilience — including provisions in the Water Resources Development Act which the National Wildlife Federation championed — and should be promptly signed into law. “We’re proud to…

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