OKLAHOMA’S WATER UNDER THREAT WITH BUDGET CUTS 


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Agencies regulating industry and the environment in Oklahoma have received some of the worst cuts to funding in this year’s budget.

The Oklahoma Conservation Commission overseas the health of waterways in the state by monitoring pollution levels. It also maintains more than 2,000 flood control dams. Already functioning on a small budget, the Commission will most likely have its funding cut by a furthernine percent. In the last seven years it has shed nearly half its staff. In fact, 20 percent of the Conservation’s districts share employees, while seven districts have no staff at all. These funding cuts will further impact its ability to monitor waterways and maintain flood control.

Other agencies like the Water Resources Board are also to be hit with big budget cuts. This will reduce their ability to monitor the health of Oklahoma’s lakes, rivers, and streams. The Rural Economic Action Plan program is expecting…

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