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Background • Designated in 1989 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Sole Source Aquifer • The "sole or principal” source of drinking water for an area • No viable alternative water source
How it all started…… In 2002, large landowners over the Arbuckle submitted an application for a groundwater permit to the OWRB for 80,000 acre-feet per year Plan to construct $200 Million pipeline to supply water to a group of communities in central Oklahoma
Passed by the legislature in 2003 Only applicable to a Sole Source Aquifer (i.e. the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer) For the first time in Oklahoma law – Recognized the interconnection between groundwater and surface water (Impact of groundwater withdrawals on streams and springs)
Continued……Most importantly, Required a comprehensive study be conducted to determine the Maximum Annual Yield (MAY)
Continued…… Comprehensive Study The Oklahoma Water Resource Board U.S. Geological Survey The University of Oklahoma Oklahoma State University The Bureau of Reclamation 5 Year and $5 Million dollars plus Maximum Annual Yield has been determined
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