State House Committee to study Oklahoma aquifers

Rep. Carl Newton, R-Cherokee, will examine the historic use and impact of water consumption from Oklahoma’s underground aquifers.

The interim study, IS23-011 is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Room 206 at the State Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd.

“I want to look at how much water we’ve consumed from our underground aquifers and how it has been used so that we can determine best practices to preserve this precious resource going forward,” Newton said.

He explained that in many parts of Oklahoma, there is limited surface water. Farmers, ranchers and other residents and consumers have to rely on these aquifers to provide water for people, animals and crops.

“It’s important that we be good stewards of our water supply,” Newton said. “I’m gathering a team of experts to help guide our discussion.”

Source: House press release