The ongoing drought in Oklahoma is the featured subject in the March edition of “The Living Room with Gerry Bonds” radio program.
First segment guests are Marsha Slaughter, director of utilities for the City of Oklahoma City, and Gary McManus, associate state climatologist for Oklahoma.
Slaughter discusses the extreme water shortage at Lake Hefner and other water supply lakes, and the release of water from Canton Lake to partially refill Hefner.
She also shares information about the troublesome recreational implications at both lakes, as well as outdoor watering restrictions in Oklahoma City, the enforcement of those restrictions and the possibility of a water price hike if the drought continues.
McManus talks about the extent of the drought in the state and the prospects for the rest of the year if considerable rain amounts don’t materialize to replenish the shortage that began in 2010, according to a news release.
Second segment guests Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese and Elk City farmer and rancher Rod Carver discuss the agricultural impact of the drought.
The pair, who are generational family farmers, also share their insight on the future of the family farmer in the state and the important role of water conservation in Oklahoma agriculture.
This edition of “The Living Room with Gerry Bonds” will air at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, and at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 12 on KOSU public radio (91.7 FM and 107.5 FM.
It will also be broadcast on KCNP (89.5 FM) on the second Wednesday of each month in Ada. The program can also be accessed at www.thelivingroomgb.com.
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