Oklahoma Watch: State’s water crisis complicated by disputes

Oklahoma Watch: Q&A with J.D. Strong, executive director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

BY WARREN VIETH Published: March 3, 2013
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Everywhere you look, people are worked up about water.

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule soon on a water dispute between Oklahoma and Texas. The state is in mediation with American Indian tribes over southeast Oklahoma water. The entire state is suffering from a three-year drought despite recent rainfall and snowstorms. Lake levels have fallen and communities are imposing water rationing. People near Canton Lake are mad at Oklahoma City for draining the reservoir so Lake Hefner won’t dry up.

Many of these...

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