The Kiamichi River Legacy Association sent a required 60-day notice to city, state, federal and tribal governments that it intends to sue if corrections aren’t made.
Oil prices are on the rebound, which should eventually generate revenue and help Oklahoma’s state budget situation. Still, another budget hole — that could be as large as $600 million — will likely have to be filled during the 2017 legislative session.
The GRDA doesn’t rely on state-appropriated funds, so in theory, the effort to preserve the rivers’ natural beauty can continue without the threat of future budget cuts from the state legislature.
Budget cuts and the death of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission were the thrust of mid-April’s regular meeting of the OSCR. But the real fireworks were around the right-to-farm issue.
Why Killing the Agency Protecting Oklahoma’s Most Delicate Rivers Might Be the Only Way to Preserve Them
Oil and gas are endangering the state’s streams, soil, and wetlands. Not by polluting them — that’s a different argument — but because plummeting oil prices have blown a billion dollar hole in Oklahoma’s budget.
Flooding December 26-28 caps off a year that saw the Illinois River damaged by extreme rainfall time after time.
It’s a small state agency with a big job: overseeing hundreds of miles of river and roads in northeast Oklahoma with dwindling resources.