To protect and preserve Oklahoma’s natural resources Membership of over 12,000. The methodology to determine the availability of water in a basin for export to another basin. That which is available for permitting. Oklahoma Permitting
Once a water use permit has been issued, the quantity authorized can never be reduced, even if the basin’s needs are poorly understood at the time of issuance. The Mighty Glover 3 Miles N of Hwy 3 Kiamichi River above Sardis Upper Mt. Fork River 1. How many gauges do you need in a large basin to adequately determine how much water is in there?
2.How can you be sure you have adequate flow information so you can tell which streams and rivers are drying up, when flows are going to be low, etc.?
3.Yes, we can look at a river and say “that’s dried up,” but do we have in place mechanisms for correctly measuring low flow? For a fish, the difference between 1 cfs and 0 cfs is actually pretty important. Currently 3 Needs 6
Data gathered 20 yrs Determine how much water can safely
Responsibly be removed from that basin.
CHARACTERIZE FLOW Gauge Function 10% Basin Reserve for any miscalculation
24”/ac/ft for Aquifers
Actual Maximum Annual Yield = 2’’ not 24”
Barren Fork River
The 10 % Factor INSTREAM FlOW STUDY TOSSED OUT 2015 Instream flows are basically non-consumptive
Water for land owners
Fish and Wildlife
Farming & Ranching
Tree Growing Contemplates potential establishment of in-stream flows for recreation, tourism, ranchers, farmers, trees fish and wildlife and Economic growth.
Tribal Rights – Where are they??
Where is their claim to water provided for?
– Availability of Excess and surplus to be non-existent until an instream flow study has been conducted, using proper scientific methodology and thoroughly vetted. Using this approach: protect water resources until it can be determined how much should remain to satisfy all consumptive and non-consumptive needs in the basin. Sustainability One size doesn’t fit all!
Regional Planning When water is removed from a basin so goes economic development, tourism and recreation. With the donor basin being left with environmental degradation. Transfers in Other States Heavily Scrutinizes
•Availability of Water in a basin does not mean that water is allowed to be exported.
Basins of origin needs are considered, compensated or mitigated if permitted.
•Readily admit that Tourism, Recreation, and Economic Growth GO with the Water.. Recommend that Texas and New Mexico Basin Transfer Language is adopted as part of Oklahoma law We know so little about the water under our feet!! The in this “Comprehensive” Study…. Aquifers Sustainability
CONTINUED MONITERING Atoka Lake Disaster
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