Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy (ORWP) is a grassroots citizens’ organization created to protect Oklahoma’s water resources, environment and way of life. Currently, Sardis Lake, located in Southeastern Oklahoma, is under attack. Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board have contracted for the transfer of almost 90% of the water from Sardis Lake to Oklahoma City–a transfer which could effectively destroy the local environment and economy.
Water is the critical ingredient to sustainable development. ORWP recognizes the necessity of prudent and reasonable water policy; as such, 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. By joining together, ORWP seeks to protect Southeastern Oklahoma’s invaluable water resources from exploitation by outside entities.
The actions of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board have been both reckless and rushed. Both parties willfully ignored pleas for completion of comprehensive, scientifically based studies to determine what impact moving such vast quantities of water from the basin of origin would have on the area.
We consider it our obligation to defend the water resources within Oklahoma boundaries-resources that are truly the lifeblood of Oklahoma. In less than two years, ORWP has grown to more than 14,000 members, indicating just how important this issue is to fellow Oklahomans. ORWP embraces the task at hand and urges all citizens concerned with protecting Oklahoma’s pristine water resources to join our organization.
Fundraising Update: To donate to the ORWP legal fund (these funds will be used to help pay for the Amicus Curiae brief ORWP filed in support of Oklahoma in the U.S. Supreme Court), please mail your donation, made payable to Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy to:
PO Box 1061
Antlers, OK 74523
Donations to the legal fund may also be made online here: