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Dam deal: Flood-control spending worthwhile

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: May 30, 2008
A rebuilt dam will have a new life expectancy of 100 years.

There are now 189 "high-hazard” watershed dams under the agency's purview — so designated because homes are located downstream. Fifty municipalities, 265 state bridges and 92 schools are served by these flood-control dams.

The commission sought $30 million from lawmakers. The $25 million it received was part of a package that included identical sums for bridge and dam improvements on the Arkansas River in Tulsa County and for an Indian cultural center under construction in Oklahoma City. Those projects in the state's two largest metropolitan areas will be more visible, but the benefits to rural Oklahoma resulting from this cash infusion for flood-control dams will be every bit as significant.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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