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To Help Save Monarchs, Oklahoma Conservationists Work to Repair a Plant’s Weedy Reputation

A tagged Monarch butterfly on a flowering lantana plant at the Oklahoma City.

Stephanie Henson admires her colorful backyard garden in Edmond. Approaching a pink-and-white plant, she squeals and laughs and she spots some butterflies. “Oh look, they’re itty-bitty,” she says. “Look at ’em!” Henson doesn’t know much about gardening, but she’s doing what she can to attract butterflies, which is what conservation specialists and government officials are [...]

Guarded Hope At Oklahoma’s Abandoned Mine As EPA Promises Focus On Contaminated Sites

A mountain of waste rock outside a zinc concentrator near the Eagle-Picher plant near Cardin, Okla., in 1943. Production at the Tri-State Mining District peaked in the 1920s and largely stopped by 1970.

Newly minted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt spent his first months on the job steering the agency away from climate change to focus, in part, on cleaning up contaminated sites around the country. The former Oklahoma attorney general has directed a task force to create a top-10 list of locations that need aggressive [...]

Software Could Help Cities in Oklahoma Plan for Costly Weather and Climate

Olivia and Carter Kempen playing on a splash pad in Edmond, Okla.

People who live in Oklahoma know the state’s weather is hard to predict. Erratic rain, heat and ice, and drought can also devastate government budgets. To combat this, researchers from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are using new software to help cities predict these economic strains.

‘EPA Pledges Bird Creek Clean-Up’

EPA Administrator and former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was back in the Sooner State last week — to talk about what his agency plans to do about saltwater contamination in Bird Creek in Osage County that could be tied to the oil and gas industry.

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