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Action To Protect Small Creek Pits Mining Companies Against Oklahoma Community Worried About Water Supply

Pennington Creek in south-central Oklahoma is the only source of drinking water for the town of Tishomingo. Residents there are worried limestone mining operations threaten the creek. Now, the city council is taking on the companies doing the digging.


To Keep Future Droughts at Bay, Oklahoma Looks to Store Water Underground Before it Flows Away

The crippling five-year drought Oklahoma finally broke out of in 2015 is still fresh in the memory of the state’s water regulators, which is looking for ways the state can better withstand future dry spells.


Drought Gone But Not Forgotten At Annual Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference

It was just a few months ago when lakes across western Oklahoma were drying up, and the prospects for relief from five years of drought were desperately poor.


Water Redistribution and Wild New Ideas Dominate Legislative Study Discussion

Cox, a Republican from Grove, envisions a much more grandiose, and some would say outlandish idea to solve Oklahoma’s water problems for good.


Judge Gives Go Ahead For Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer Pumping Limits

The court was hearing an appeal of the limit from groups including the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Oklahoma Aggregates Association, and mining company TXI.


State Water Regulator Stands By Aquifer Limits Amid Landowner Pushback

As StateImpact reported in October, determining the maximum annual yield (MAY) of Arbuckle-Simpson water use was a decade-long process.


Opponents of Arbuckle-Simpson Withdrawal Limit Ask for Court Review

Opponents of the move are continuing the fight — in court.


Why Oklahoma City Won’t Tap Water From the Aquifer Under Its Own Feet

StateImpact had never heard of the Garber-Wellington Aquifer. Neither had any of the half-dozen or so Oklahoma City residents we asked outside the Utilities Department downtown.


If You Want to Build a New Lake in Oklahoma, Forget History

More farmers and new farming practices conspired to doom the reservoir. So why didn’t the lawmakers who fought for the project and the engineers who built it see the failure coming?

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