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Soon-to-be-released statewide water plan may interest Texas, too

by Omer Gillham, Tulsa World Staff Writer

Ten years after Oklahoma approved a moratorium blocking water sales to Texas and other states, water officials are poised to release a statewide plan expected to guide water use and conservation for the next 50 years.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board will release the voluminous new plan this month in preparation for more public discussion scheduled to begin April 19, said Rudy Herrmann, board chairman from Tulsa.

The comprehensive plan represents five years of technical analysis and public input involving the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, U.S. Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute and various engineering firms. After the plan is released, public input will be gathered through 13 public meetings across the state, he said.

Herrmann said the plan will address water use for the public, the agriculture sector, hydroelectric plants and other entities throughout the state through 2060. The plan also will address the state's emergency needs during droughts.

The plan is a fluid outline that can be adapted to meet the state's needs for the next 50 years, Herrmann said.

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