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Plan to Clean Up Dirty Lake Thunderbird Calls for Pollution Cuts in Three Cities

Lake Thunderbird

Moore, Norman and Oklahoma City are the primary polluters of Lake Thunderbird, a sensitive drinking water source classified as “impaired” by the Environmental Protection Agency, new data show. State and municipal water and environmental authorities have been working on a plan to clean up the lake, colloquially referred to as “dirtybird” for its murky appearance [...]

Congress Puts Lake Thunderbird on Life Support as Water Levels Plummet

Residents in Norman, Del City and Midwest City get their drinking water from Lake Thunderbird, but levels have dropped during Oklahoma’s ongoing drought. Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal says the situation is “dire,” but Congress has stepped in with a short-term fix to allow Thunderbird to tap into a pipeline that carries water from Atoka to Oklahoma [...]

After Years Of Delay, DEQ Submits Lake Thunderbird Pollution Study

Lake Thunderbird is Norman's main source of drinking water, and classified as 'impaired' by the EPA.

Lake Thunderbird, the main drinking water source for Norman, is classified as “impaired” by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. So, the state Department of Environmental Quality is required to submit a report on how polluted Thunderbird can be while still meeting EPA standards, known as ‘total maximum daily loads.’ But as The Norman Transcript‘s Joy Hampton reports, it [...]

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