A Brief Note On The State Of Oklahoma

1721 Words Oct 3rd, 2014 7 Pages
Oklahoma is currently in the middle of a drought but many people argue that we actually have a water surplus in the state. Estimates place over 300 million acres of groundwater underneath the state. Oklahoma also has more man-made lakes than any other states in the U.S. The problem here is similar to the one the entire World faces, the water isn’t located where we need it. The majority of the state’s agriculture is in the western, central, and southern portions of the state while South-eastern Oklahoma has the majority of the State’s surface water. When you start to call that water a “surplus” you start to bring in other parties wanting to purchase the water. The significance of the location of all of this water is extremely crucial in every way imaginable. It is close to the Texas border which makes it a viable option for them to purchase water from the area and have it piped to the DFW area. It is also located in a much less populated and poorer area of the state. But the main reason location is important is that most of that area is Indian Territory, and they are fighting to keep the water at home. Another often overlooked but crucial factor when talking about the water surplus is that it was actually calculated during a very wet season and does not factor in cyclical droughts. So what may be a surplus during some years is definitely needed during other dryer years. I also think that in-stream uses were not factored into the equation as much as they should have been.…
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