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Use runoff to our benefit, not our detriment.

Oklahoman Published: June 29, 2014

The heavy rain we experienced on the morning of June 23 and the subsequent flash flooding in some areas brought to mind an idea I had a few years ago. We should consider a recovery system for rainwater that would then be pumped back into our dwindling lakes. Basically, Oklahoma County has a north-to-south topographical setting from Edmond to the Oklahoma/North Canadian River. A series of collection pits could be built with pumps and a piping system to send the rainwater back to one of the city lakes. The water could be managed in such a way that the river would still be supplied water for downstream requirements.

Runoff is a natural resource. Let’s use it to our benefit, not our detriment.

John Boswell Sr., Yukon