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Below are press releases, sorted by year, issued by or involving the Water Resources Board.

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November 13, 2008

Funding Announced for Water Plan Climate Study

OKLAHOMA CITY—The Bureau of Reclamation announced Wednesday that it has secured funding to conduct a study that will determine the potential impacts of local climate change on Oklahoma water supplies. Results from the $100,000 investigation, cost-shared between the Bureau and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB), will be incorporated into the technical analysis component of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan update, due for completion in 2011.

October 29, 2008

Water Board Announces Water Project Funding for Oklahoma Communities

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) announced Wednesday that it will make approximately $2.5 million in funding available to leverage construction of water projects throughout Oklahoma. The announcement was made during the luncheon program at the Annual Governor’s Water Conference and Water Research Symposium in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

September 26, 2008

GRDA and OWRB Strike Unique Bond Deal

In the face of a crumbling financial market, the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) stepped in Thursday to purchase $33 million in Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) bonds, thus saving dozens of cities and towns in Oklahoma from assuming high interest rates on their water and sewer projects.

July 3, 2008

OWRB Director Appointed to National Drinking Water Advisory Council

Duane Smith, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB), has been named as the state water management representative to the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC). Smith was officially sworn in at the Council’s annual meeting last month in Tucson, Arizona.

May 8, 2008

Bill Seeks Technology to Augment State Groundwater Supplies

OKLAHOMA CITY—A bill passed by the State Legislature last month aims to replenish selected underground water supplies throughout Oklahoma.

May 5, 2008

Third Water Appreciation Day Set for May 14

The third annual Capitol Water Appreciation Day will be held May 14, 2008, at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.

May 1, 2008

Oklahoma Water Resources Board to Hold Public Meeting on Clean Water State Revolving Fund FY 2009 Intended Use Plan

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board will hold a public meeting to receive comments on the draft FY 2009 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Priority Project List and Intended Use Plan on Thursday, June 5, 2008, at 10:30a.m. at 3800 North Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City. Eligible public systems may receive below market interest rate financing for construction and improvement of collection and treatment works, stormwater, abandoned site remediation, and nonpoint source pollution control activities which maintain Oklahoma’s surface and groundwater resources.

April 28, 2008

Governor Proclaims May Flood Awareness Month

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Because spring marks the unofficial beginning of the state's flood season and to make citizens aware of flooding problems and solutions, Governor Brad Henry has designated May as "Flood Awareness Month" in Oklahoma.

March 4, 2008

OWRB to Review Statewide Stream Water Rights and Use

OKLAHOMA CITY—To comply with and enforce provisions of Oklahoma’s water law, as well as enhance the understanding of available water resources in the state, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) is conducting a comprehensive review of stream water permits and individual water usage.

February 26, 2008

Governor Declares March Flood Insurance Month

OKLAHOMA CITY— Each year in Oklahoma, thousands of citizens experiencing flood damage lack the protection afforded through readily available flood insurance. To enhance awareness of the availability of federal flood insurance, as well as inform Oklahomans about intelligent floodplain management and development procedures, Governor Brad Henry has designated March as "Flood Insurance Month" in Oklahoma.

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