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Eddie Brister, owner of the Beaver's Bend Fly Shop on the southern section of the Mountain Fork River.
This is the final part of StateImpact Oklahoma’s series on the history of Oklahoma’s scenic rivers and the environmental threats they face. Part three is available here.
Eddie Brister knows how the stream warms and cools, and where the current rushes and eddies. He knows every pebble in the river, and he can spot a trout without even dipping his waders in the water.
The GRDA has agreed to buy 100 megawatts from Apex Clean Energy’s Kay County wind project, which is expected to come online next year. The wind farm “is expected to generate about $53 million in local tax revenue and $48 million in local landowner payments during its lifetime,” The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies repors.
How much water is too much to withdraw from the Garber-Wellington Aquifer, which underlies central Oklahoma? That’s the question going forward, now that a study of the aquifer is finished. But one thing seems clear: the status quo is not sustainable.
A late-August fish-kill is the second die-off reported in the span of a month on the Salt Fork River in north-central Oklahoma.
Authorities were investigating the most recent fish-kill, reported on Aug. 25, as an analysis on water samples taken during the July fish-kill was returned from the state laboratory. The July samples showed elevated levels of aluminium, iron and manganese, says Skylar McElhaney, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Continue Reading
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The water situation for the city of Duncan continues to deteriorate. Despite improving drought conditions in the area, portions of Stephens County — where Duncan is located — are still in the severe or exceptional drought categories.
So, at a meeting Tuesday, the Duncan City Council voted to move from the Stage 3 rationing the city has been under since March 2013 — which limits outdoor watering to the early morning hours twice a week — to Stage 4, but delayed implementation until October.
From The Duncan Banner‘s Steve Olafson:
The delay is designed to give residents plenty of time to get used to the idea of stricter water rationing when the city moves to the Stage 4 level of water conservation.
But the council voted to make Stage 4 rationing less harsh than it otherwise would be.
Under the city’s revamped conservation law, residents will be able to water lawns and do other outdoor chores such as wash cars or hose down driveways one day each week during Stage 4 rationing.
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Debbie Doss picks up garbage and loose clothing left behind by careless tourists along Lee Creek.
This is part three of StateImpact Oklahoma’s four-part series on the history of Oklahoma’s scenic rivers and the environmental threats they face. Part two is available here.
A narrow rock wall holds back all but a couple of tiny waterfalls that sneak through cracks and flow into Lee Creek. This natural dam is so unique a nearby town in northwest Arkansas was named for it.
The oil and gas regulator in Texas is proposing “new rules that would require would-be operators to submit geological information in their permit applications and give the state the authority to take away permits when wells can be linked to earthquakes — a notable gesture by an agency run in large part by industry executives,” the Associated Press’ Emily Schmall reports.
Interesting Newsweek piece Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm: “Humans have always had trouble understanding those aspects of existence that are monumental in scope. For most of our history, all larger-than-life natural phenomena have required the explanatory assistance of other equally larger-than-life forces.”
Seven landowners filed a class-action lawsuit this week to prevent wind turbines from being built near their homes in Canadian and Kingfisher counties.
In the complaint, which is embedded above, the landowners claim that planned wind farm projects controlled by Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy would create a nuisance, devalue their property and adversely affect their health. Continue Reading
NewsOK published an in-depth package on Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm, including the science and skepticism on possible links to oil and gas activity.