Ideas for future water needs

Published: March 8, 2013

My heart goes out to the folks in western Oklahoma. They've lost the use of Canton Lake for the foreseeable future. Although this entitlement to supply Oklahoma City water was contracted many years ago, I wonder what the forward-thinking stewards of our land and water resources are planning. We've heard from our American Indian friends who not only seem devoted to the responsible use of our water resources in Oklahoma, but are also able to articulate it so well to the end users. Conservation is a great avenue for all of us; however, I don't see anyone taking responsibility for our future water needs. We seem to be too busy discussing other social issues. Eventually, this problem will have to be addressed. Canton Lake at some point will no longer be able to help provide for Oklahoma City's needs.

In the 1970s there was some discussion about a lake being built near Bridgeport and Hydro. Kaw Lake might be able to provide more than sufficient water; it typically reaches flood stage a number of times each year. This of course would require a substantial investment and a number of years to construct a pipeline. Additionally, a pipeline from Canton might eliminate a huge loss of water resources, but we seem to be content with the status quo.

Don Peters, Yukon

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