• Tourism — It is essential to meet the water needs for tourism, Oklahoma’s third largest industry. This
means maintaining water levels high enough for water recreation uses.
• Agriculture — It is essential to meet the water needs of our state’s farmers and ranchers.
• Drought defense — It is essential our water plan puts Oklahomans first and prepares for the worst.
Our current serious drought reinforces the importance of drought defense.
• Sustainability — It is essential we certify the sustainability of our water resources so the supply will
be there when we need it. The Chickasaw and Choctaw nations are committed to environmental stewardship of our water resources.
• Unity — It is essential that Oklahomans work together cooperatively to create a water plan for the entire state. “We call on state leaders to work with us to develop a sustainable water management plan for the greater good of all Oklahomans,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “We firmly believe state and tribal leaders can resolve our differences through negotiation instead of proceeding with the general stream adjudication process.
The Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations are currently working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
to develop a regional water plan that meets the goals outlined in The Essentials. The tribes believe having a science-based plan is critical to sustainable management of water resources to support economic
development, recreation, household use and to provide for the environmental health of Oklahoma’s water