The Oka' Institute was invited by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to join in their celebration at the Capitol for Water Appreciation Day. The staff including Executive Director Duane Smith had a great time informing legislators and the public about the importance of water. We enjoyed speaking to our Oklahoma State Representative Ronny Johns and Former Senator Susan Paddack.

A big thanks to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for the invite!

Other invitees included:

  • Association of Master Conservancy Districts

  • Chickasaw Nation

  • Oklahoma City

  • Grand River Dam Authority

  • Keep Oklahoma Beautiful

  • Oklahoma Rural Water Association- Strategic Alliance

  • Oklahoma Rural Water Association

  • Oklahoma Department of Transportation- Waterways Division

  • Oklahoma Climatological Survey

  • Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission

  • Oklahoma Department of Mines

  • Oklahoma Geological Survey

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Center- OSU Extension

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board- Financial Assistance Programs

  • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

  • Oklahoma Municipal League

  • Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board- Water Quality Programs

  • Oklahoma Conservation Commission

  • OU Geochemistry Cohort

  • US Bureau of Reclamation

  • USGS- Oklahoma Water Science Center


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The importance of land management is immeasurable when applying it to the relationship, and health, of the watershed it nourishes. The Blue River Foundation of Oklahoma understands this and, last night, hosted its first watershed management discussion, an event for landowners to enjoy dinner with conservationists and professionals actively working to protect the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer in southeast Oklahoma.


Keynote speakers in included Justin Baker of Aqua Strategies on watershed restoration planning, Valarie Hannon of USDA- NRCS on funding for conservation planning, and John Weir of OSU Extension on the economics of prescribed fire. Other speakers included Dr. Tim Faltyn, President of Murray State College, Steve Roy, Chairman of the Blue River Foundation, Alan Peoples of the Oka' Institute at East Central University and John Moody of the Blue River Foundation.


This outreach event was in partnership with the Oka' Institute of East Central University, the Chickasaw Nation, and Murray State College.


Congratulations to the Blue River Foundation of Oklahoma Board for a successful and insightful event!

John Moody, Blue River Foundation Program Manager, shares study area for the foundations efforts.


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East Central University's Department of Politics, Law, and Society will be hosting its annual Watkins Lecture March 30th at 1:30PM in the Estep of the University Center.

This year's speaker will be Vice Chancellor Stephen Agong from the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology in Kenya. He will be speaking on the Global Crisis: Food and Water. Contact cpappas@ecok.edu if you would like more information.


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