The Oka' Institute strongly believes in advocating for sustainable water policy. One of the reasons why sustainable water policy is so crucial is because water is a finite resource. It is now more important than ever to ensure that we use water wisely and efficiently.
We strive to work with tribes, policymakers, stakeholders, and communities to find creative, science-based solutions that safeguard our valuable water resources for future generations.
Senate Bill 288
The Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer plays a critical role in providing clean drinking water to many cities in Oklahoma. However, with the population on the rise, the demand for water is increasing rapidly, putting significant pressure on the ecosystem. Landowners, Stakeholders, and the Tribes formed a Stakeholder Committee to educate the Oklahoma Senate on the importance of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.
The Oklahoma Senate recognized the need to address this issue and passed Senate Bill 288 in May 2003. This bill placed a moratorium on the issuance of temporary groundwater permits for municipal or public water supply use, ensuring that any new proposals would not harm the aquifer's springs or streams.
This legislation has set a new standard for permit approval processes, ensuring that any proposed use of the aquifer is thoroughly evaluated for its potential impact on the environment. As a result, Oklahoma can continue to grow without sacrificing the integrity of the water source that sustains it.
In addition to Senate Bill 288, there are ongoing efforts to promote sustainable water use and conservation in the region. These initiatives include education programs for residents and businesses, water-efficient technologies, and incentives for reducing water consumption.
By working together to protect this critical resource, we can ensure a sustainable future for both the community and the environment.