Despite current dry conditions, Tulsa's riverside amenities are fabulous. They draw thousands of people to the trails and parks. The Oklahoma River has years to go before it resembles the old-growth look of Tulsa's riverside. Last year Tulsa voters nixed an initiative that would have included river improvements. A state bond issue was killed by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
Our river's status as an exemplar would have shocked people 20 years ago. This is all the more reason for today's citizens to spend more time enjoying the Oklahoma River.