Interested entities in Texas and Oklahoma have come together to address both current and long-term water-related issues within the lake and Upper Red River Basin in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. Facilitated by the Oka' Institute at East Central University, a collaborative working group will engage a diverse group of stakeholders, including landowners; municipal and rural water users; appropriate local, state, and federal agencies; hydropower producers; agricultural interests; soil health institutions; universities; tourism/recreation partners; fish and wildlife interests; non-governmental organizations; environmental organizations; local citizen groups; and various other water-related organizations.
The Lake Texoma watershed is important because it provides drinking water for over a million people, supports a variety of recreational activities, and is home to diverse wildlife. It also helps regulate water flow and prevent flooding downstream. Water quality impairments in the Lake Texoma Watershed present a considerable water supply vulnerability for users as well as overall economic development in this rapidly growing region. Lake sedimentation, resulting in excessive algal growth and subsequent eutrophication, threatens lake water quality and quantity with adverse impacts, especially evident in the Washita River arm of the lake in Oklahoma. Lake Texoma is a vital water supply essential to the region's current and projected growth.
The Oka' Institute at East Central University, the Chickasaw Nation, The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Texas Water Development Board, and Upper Trinity Regional Water District will facilitate the development of the collaborative Lake Texoma Watershed Management Alliance, will develop a plan consisting of prioritized, phased strategies focused on the basin-wide implementation of soil health practices and related measures to improve and protect the lake and its watershed.