The Oka’ Institute at East Central University staff attended Water Appreciation Day at the Capitol on March 30th. The staff including Executive Director, Duane Smith had a wonderful time educating legislators and the public about current projects and the Water Resources Policy and Management Master’s program.
The second-floor rotunda was a buzz of partnership, innovation and education. Attendees were afforded the opportunity to visit with leaders across the many agencies that support water sustainability.
Water Appreciation Day has been celebrated in Oklahoma for almost two decades. This event celebrates Oklahoma’s diverse water sources and educates the public and our state’s leaders on the importance of water research, management, and conservation. We would like to extend our gratitude to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for the invitation. Participants included state, local, and federal government agencies, academic groups, and environmental groups. Events such as these allow us the opportunity to further our mission focusing on practical water solutions by building sustainable communities, promoting environmental benefits through land stewardship, seeking balanced water policy, and innovating in science-based water research.