theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Editorials

October 28, 2013

Oklahoma Water Resources Board's new limit safeguards our water

Ada —

Last week’s unanimous decision by Oklahoma Water Resources Board members to limit the amount of water siphoned out of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer was a long time in coming. 

In one respect, its history dates back just over a decade. In another respect, the need for it dates back over a century.

It was 2002 when Canadian County to Ada’s northwest announced it was planning to construct a $200 million, 88-mile-long pipeline to the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer as a way of ensuring its residents a clean supply of water. The Environmental Protection Agency had determined Canadian County’s current water source, the Garber-Wellington Aquifer, too high in arsenic.  

This news sent many of southeast Oklahoma’s 39,000 residents who depend on the Arbuckle-Simpson scurrying to block Canadian County as well as anyone else with designs on our area’s water supply. The answer came in the form of Senate Bill 288, which called for a five-year study to determine how much water could be drawn out without putting the aquifer in jeopardy of being depleted. The study was completed in 2008. The official limit to the amount of water that could be mined from it was finally announced last Tuesday. 

The need for clarification actually had its origin in the earliest days of statehood, when contradictory water law was first laid down in Oklahoma. Essentially, it said a landowner with water running through his property could take only as much as didn’t negatively affect his neighbor downstream. But a landowner mining water directly from the aquifer had no such limit. The problem was, in this area, the source for stream water was and still is the aquifer. The recent limit set by OWRB is an attempt to resolve this discrepancy and to keep outsiders, and for that matter us, from depleting it. 

Few decisions make everyone happy. Ranchers who were intending to sell their water rights to Canadian County will not have the opportunity. In the end, all of us will be paying more for water. But this new limit is designed to ensure water remains plentiful for the foreseeable future. Without it, we cannot exist. This new limit is designed to ensure that we will still have it.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
  • Money, Money, Money, Money, Money

    Whenever James Truslow Adams coined the term “the American Dream,” he probably never envisioned the nightmare that it would become. 

    April 11, 2014

  • Lyin' Eyes

    When I was down in Brazil, I went into a shop to practice my Portuguese and buy a Pepsi. 

    April 9, 2014

  • Jerry Duncan How Is Your Adventure Going?

    I love Steven Curtis Chapman’s music, at least, most of it. Before my last trip to Romania, I recorded some favorite tunes from different artists that spoke something I needed for the trip. The words to his song, "The Great Adventure" were perfect for me.

     

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Art Lawler Inflexible thought is a growing problem

    You remember the Dixie Chicks, of course. The band that told foreigners how embarrassed we were of President George Bush?

     

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Who deserves the praise?

    “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.”— Matthew 6:1

    April 4, 2014

  • Let the circle be unbroken

        “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
       — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

    March 26, 2014

  • Jerry Duncan How’s the search going?

    Robert McGee’s The Search for Significance has been out now since 1987.

    March 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Todd Crabtree Guest Columnist Education must be top priority

    Our state legislature has passed numerous school “reform” bills over the last five years, including legislation for an A-F grading system, a new teacher leader evaluation program, as well as a third grade “reading” test in order to enter the fourth grade, to name a few.  

     

    March 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Sermon on the Mount: Part 2

    Christ began one of his most beloved discourses with a message of hope in Matthew 5:3-12. He continued by offering more insight on how His followers should live throughout the sermon.

     

    March 14, 2014

  • Paddack Thanks to constituents involved in process

    Long before I was first elected to the State Senate, the Legislature had sessions that actually run much longer than those I’ve experienced.  For many years, the session began in January, rather than February as it does now.  And there was no defined date for ending the session. 

     

    March 12, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
Stocks
Poll

For years, Oklahoma was a mostly Democratic state. In recent years, there has been a swing to Republican affiliation. Have you changed your political affiliation to Republican?

Yes
No
     View Results