Though recent rain may suggest otherwise, water in Oklahoma is becoming more and more a precious resource. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board and Oklahoma Water Research Institute invite residents to speak out about any water issues they have in order for the state to create an effective water plan.
"Water is becoming more important, and it really is time that Oklahoma begins a long-term discussion about how to manage it," said Mike Langston, assistant director of WRI, in a press release.
A "local input meeting" will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the Oklahoma County Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N. Portland. These meetings are designed not to inform the public, but to provide a forum for people to express their opinion about what should be done with our water.
There will, however, be a short presentation to remind citizens about what resources exist and what current laws are in place regarding ground and surface water.
"In order to have an effective water plan that fits the needs of Oklahoma and its citizens, the OWRB and legislature must be able to make informed decisions," said Dave Dillon, OWRB director of water planning. "Citizen input and technical information gathered during the planning process provides us with that opportunity."
Oklahomans also may voice their opinions online at okwaterplan.info. For more information, contact the WRI at 744-9994 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. "CJ Macklin