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Founded in 2010, Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy (ORWP) is a grassroots citizens’ organization created to protect Oklahoma’s water resources, environment and way of life. ORWP provided a voice for Oklahomans in the 2013 unanimous Supreme Court ruling, which prevented Texas from siphoning water from Oklahoma’s interior.

Water is the critical ingredient to sustainable development. ORWP recognizes the necessity of prudent and reasonable water policy. It is ORWP’s mission to preserve and protect economic, agricultural, environmental and other local beneficial uses of all of Oklahoma’s pristine water resources.

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  • ⚐ ☆ Oklahoma business briefs, April 18 April 18, 2014
    Oklahoma Water Survey Director Robert Puls will demonstrate Phase I of the new water data web portal 10 a.m. April 25 at The Core, inside the Stephenson Research and Technology Center, on the OU Research Campus. The water survey created the […]
  • ⚐ ☆ Oklahoma Oil and Gas Regulator Uses Red Tape, Not Rules, to Manage ... April 17, 2014
    Oil and water have long mixed in Oklahoma and other petroleum states. In the early days of the U.S. oil boom, drillers were focused on finding ways to separate water from the oil they were pumping to the surface. As decades passed, our unde […]
  • ☆ Oklahoma's Largest Water Loan Goes To Norman To Fix Stressed, Stinky ... April 16, 2014
    The Oklahoma Water Resources Board uses the state's good credit to secure loans for communities and rural water districts that need help paying for expensive upgrades to their water systems. And at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesda […]
  • ⚐ ☆ Bacteria In Water Closes Yale Schools For Third Day April 16, 2014
    Yale, OKLAHOMA -. Students in Yale have gotten another day off from school after the city said traces of E. coli were discovered in the city's water system. Yale Schools officials say classes have been canceled since Monday. The Payne […]
  • ☆ Drought Regions Show High Levels of 'Water Stress' April 16, 2014
    Severely dry conditions are now afflicting about two-thirds of Texas, and droughts also are being felt in parts of Oklahoma , Minnesota and Colorado. READ: U.N. Panel: Completely Eliminate Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2100 ... as parts of Ca […]
  • ⚐ ☆ Oklahoma Angler Makes Surprising Catch on the Arkansas ... April 15, 2014
    While fishing on the Tulsa section of the Arkansas River, an Oklahoma angler ... “I dug a trench in the river and made a big ol' pool so that the water could run ... […]
  • ⚐ ☆ Texas city suffering drought considers using toilet water for drinking April 14, 2014
    Mother Nature's been stingy with Wichita Falls, a city of about 104,000 near the Oklahoma border that's about 34 inches behind on rainfall over the past three years. At the end of February, Wichita Falls had recorded its driest 41 […]
  • ⚐ ☆ Yale Residents Under Boil Order After Positive Test For E. coli April 13, 2014
    Yale, OKLAHOMA -. Residents of Yale are being advised to boil their drinking water after a sample tested positive for E. coli. The City advises that customers bring their water to a full boil for at least one minute before drinking, using i […]
  • ☆ Floods Fill Huge Lake Basin (1957) April 13, 2014
    Unused / unissued material - Title reads: "Floods Fill Huge Lake Basin". American voiceovered newsreel material. Lake Texoma, Texas - Oklahoma border, United... […]
  • ☆ North Texas city awaits word on wastewater re-use April 13, 2014
    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Wichita Falls is so far behind on rainfall that city leaders are asking state regulators for permission to use treated toilet flushes as drinking water . The North Texas city near the Oklahoma border is about 34 inches […]
  • ⚐ ☆ Oklahoma farm protection proposal draws fire from water districts ... April 13, 2014
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Criticism is mounting regarding a bill that is designed to protect the rights of farmers and ranchers. House Joint Resolution 1006 is expected to be heard on the Senate floor this week. If approved, it returns to the House f […]
  • ☆ Does Oklahoma need advice from Texas? April 13, 2014
    Speaking of the Red River , I noticed in the recent guest column by Larson, he was careful not to mention the memorandum of understanding signed by Govs. Perry and Mary Fallin, in which Fallin gives full authority to Texas to take water fro […]
  • ☆ Drilling operation shows policy gap April 12, 2014
    NORMAN — While Norman residents are being encouraged to use rain barrels, a Texas oil and gas company is pumping thousands of gallons of treated drinking water into the ground. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission controls permits for drilli […]
  • ☆ Cherokee Nation celebrates Third Annual Environmental Festival April 11, 2014
    Oklahoma Scenic River Commission Education Outreach Coordinator Cassandra Carter does her “frogology” demonstration for Denise Chaudoin's first-grade class from the Cherokee Immersion School. TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — About 250 elementary stu […]
  • ⚐ ☆ Norman Mayor and Residents Question Use of City Drinking Water For Fracking April 11, 2014
    Many residents — and some members of the city council — didn't know Norman's drinking water is being used for hydraulic fracturing until The Journal Record broke the story in March about Texas-based driller Finley Resources tappin […]
  • ☆ Frackers should use gray water April 11, 2014
    As reported by Joe Wertz in the March 31 issue of StateImpact Oklahoma , Finley Resources, a Texas-based oil drilling company, has arranged with the city of Norman to buy Norman's drinking water from hydrants to use for fracking their […]
  • ☆ 35-year anniversary of the Red River Valley tornado outbreak April 10, 2014
    Today is the 35-year anniversary of the Red River Valley tornado outbreak, one of the worst tornado events ever to hit northern Texas and southern Oklahoma . On this day in 1979, 59 tornadoes touched down in the region, with the strongest h […]
  • ⚐ ☆ Former State Parks Thrive Under Tribes' Control, But Not Without Some Struggle April 10, 2014
    From fall 2011 until spring 2012, no one could enjoy the unique Hula Lake sunsets from the park's rocky shoreline, or camp at the handful of sites in this remote patch of well-maintained land carved into the wilderness in northern Osag […]
  • ⚐ ☆ Robert Cross: Buffalo River, like the Illinois, under attack April 10, 2014
    Anyone who has recently floated northeast Oklahoma's Illinois River very well knows it's not the sparkling stream of generations past. The once clear, free-flowing waters are impaired, largely due to phosphorus runoff ... But the […]
  • ☆ Okla. senator explains 'hold' on North Fork legislation April 10, 2014
    HELENA — An Oklahoma senator who last week blocked passage of a bill protecting the North Fork of the Flathead River from energy development says he would consider an amended bill, such as halting development for 20 years rather than foreve […]
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