Category: Water

Oklahoma House members vote for $50 million in improvements to Arkansas River levees

A measure dedicating $50 million toward modifications and upgrades along the Arkansas River passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives Tuesday. House Bill 2890 appropriates $50 million from the Progressing Rural Economic Prosperity (PREP) Fund to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The monies would be used for upgrades to the levees along the Arkansas …

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Texas bridge damaged by barge reopen for traffic

    The Galveston, Texas bridge shut down last week after a barge loaded with fuel broke free from a tugboat and smashed into it was reopened in recent days to traffic. The Associated Press reported that safety inspections found the Pelican Island Causeway span to be safe. Part of the bridge collapsed May 15 …

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Lawton spending big bucks to renovate wastewater plant

by Mike Ray, Southwest Ledger   The City of Lawton is investing perhaps $180 million or more to renovate its malfunctioning wastewater treatment plant. Phase I of the upgrade includes replacement of the administration building, influent pump station, grit removal system, trickling filter mechanisms, electrical conduit duct bank, electrical switchgear, automatic transfer switch for standby …

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Governor to decide on funding repairs to Arkansas River Levee systems

  A bill to fund $50 million in repairs and improvements to the Arkansas River Levee Systems was sent to the Governor this past week. The State Senate approved the measure on a vote of 36-6. Sen. Cody Rogers, R-Tulsa was the author of the bill. “The Army Corps of Engineers has determined that the …

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Texas Panhandle city hit by Russian hackers

    Muleshoe, Texas attacked by Russian hackers? It’s the claim of experts from US cybersecurity firm Mandiant who believe a January cyberattack caused a water tower tank to overflow. Muleshoe, in north Texas was the victim as two other towns in north Texas also took precautionary defensive measures after they detected suspicious cyber activity …

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Dozens of Texas cities have reported high levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in their drinking water

    While Oklahoma City announced this week its testing of drinking water showed no major levels of the existence of forever chemicals, it’s a different story for 49 towns and cities in Texas. The Texas Tribune reports those 49 communities reported surpassing the EPA’s first-ever limits for five “forever chemicals” in drinking water. The …

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OKC water beats new EPA “forever chemicals” levels

  Oklahoma City reports recent tests show the city’s water surpasses recent new minimum EPA requirements for contamination by “forever chemicals.” In other words, the city’s water level of six PFAS compounds is better than what is required in the first-ever National Primary Drinking Water Regulation released last week. The new EPA regulation establishes limits on PFAS …

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Keating and Edmondson team up to protect scenic rivers from poultry pollution

  Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, a Republican and former Attorney General Drew Edmondson, a Democrat, have joined forces to protect the state’s scenic rivers against renewed poultry waste pollution. Writing an opinion piece in The Oklahoman, the two former state leaders came out against House Bill 4118 which would repeal language in existing law …

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Energy quick reads

** Ford said it will begin shipping to North American dealers 144,000 of its redesigned F-150 and Ranger pickup trucks that it built but held back until now in an effort to head off quality problems. ** American greenhouse gas emissions rose 1 percent between 2021 and 2022 but fell nearly 17 percent from 2005 levels, …

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Legislation to finance Arkansas River Levee improvements wins committee approval

The Oklahoma House of Representatives Appropriations & Budget Committee has approved legislation aimed at bolstering the Arkansas River Levees through the establishment of a revolving fund managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Senate Bill 1391, carried in the House by Rep. Lonnie Sims, R-Jenks, paves the way for the creation of the Arkansas River …

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