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The gift of conservation

December 8, 2021

Family history fuels Bass Pro Shops founder’s drive for conservation, Recovering America’s Wildlife Act By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF RIDGEDALE, Mo. – For three days in late November, in the scenic southwestern Missouri Ozarks, Johnny Morris reveled in some of the greatest joys of a life influenced by the clear waters of Table Rock Lake.…

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Pathogens thrive in state’s nutrient-rich waters

July 5, 2021

Knowledge, simple precautions make summer outings safer By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Like May flowers that follow April showers, bacterial blooms may follow rainy days that break up summer’s hot streaks. Heavy rain followed by high temperatures in June gave rise to blue-green algae blooms reported at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees and at Lake…

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Testing the waters: Group sets new pollution monitoring standards for Spring Creek

May 5, 2021

By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF KANSAS — The clear water of Spring Creek, often called the most pristine Ozark stream in Oklahoma, is both puzzling and deceptive. Standing on a county road southwest of the little town of Kansas with seven other coalition volunteers, Beth Rooney spelled out the deception clearly. “People swim in it…

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Fact check: Vast majority of poultry litter stays in state

March 30, 2021

House Floor comments continue to ring sour with northeast Oklahoma residents By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF A longtime Tulsa biology teacher is giving some northeast Oklahoma legislators an “F” on the subject of Poultry Feeding Operations. She and others of the region believe the legislators should, and possibly do, know better. Misstatements about the mega-farm…

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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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