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Amended water rights permit application protects OKC, southeast Oklahoma
The City of Oklahoma City will publish notice next week of an amended permit application with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, formalizing its commitment to protecting water rights for Oklahoma City and southeast Oklahoma.
The amended permit application is part of the historic water rights settlement agreed to in August by the City of Oklahoma City, state of Oklahoma and Chickasaw and Choctaw nations and later approved by Congress and President Obama.
Next week’s published notice and the application, which was filed in January, are part of the state of Oklahoma’s water rights permitting process. The City of Oklahoma City first filed a permit application in 2007 for water rights in southeast Oklahoma’s Kiamichi River basin.
The amended permit application reflects the City’s agreement to protect existing permitted users in the Kiamichi River basin. It also protects wildlife and recreational uses through a minimum instream flow requirement for the river when the City is using water, and a lake level management plan for Sardis Lake.
During drought conditions, additional water from Sardis Lake may be released only if conservation measures are in effect and the City’s other drinking water reservoirs are at diminished levels.
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