EPA grants to help with runoff pollution in Oklahoma waters

by Paul Monies Published: September 14, 2012
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The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Oklahoma more than $2 million in grants to help curtail several types of pollution in watersheds.

The money will go to the state's secretary of environment to support the Oklahoma Nonpoint Source Management Plan, an ongoing effort to deal with runoff pollution from several sources.

Nonpoint source pollution in Oklahoma is mostly carried from rainwater flowing across and into the ground. As it does, it may pick up pollutants such as excess fertilizer, animal waste or oil and grease from urban runoff.

Tyler Powell, director of the environment secretary's office, said the grant money is actually an extra allocation provided by the EPA. It comes from other states in the region that didn't spend the money on environmental projects.

“We've led the way for a long time on nonpoint source pollution mitigation through the Oklahoma Conservation Commission,” Powell said. “What this shows is Oklahoma is doing its part in the region. This is a way to help those states.”

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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