Several Oklahoma cities, including Ada, will participate in a federal study aimed at reducing the risk of flooding from the Lower Canadian-Walnut Watershed.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved an agreement with the city on Tuesday, clearing the way for the city to participate in the project. The Ada City Council was expected to approve the agreement that evening.

Twelve other communities are also expected to participate in the project. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is contributing $75,000 to the cost of the project, which carries an estimated price tag of $100,000. Participating communities will be responsible for the remaining $25,000, which includes a $1,000 contribution from Ada.

The project will evaluate the watershed to determine what kind of services and products would be needed if state officials decide to do a follow-up study, according to information from the OWRB. That study could include regulatory mapping, risk assessment and other elements, depending on what communities need.

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