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State Question 777 threatens Oklahoma Scenic Rivers/Tenkiller Lake

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STIR's Mission: to protect and preserve the Illinois River, its tributaries, and Tenkiller Lake

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2015 Trend

Phosphorous levels in the Illinois River watershed are meeting a goal of 40-Percent Reduction needed to protect Lake Tenkiller (report to the Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission, Sept. 2015). 

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Graph: Phosphorous entering Oklahoma at Watts, OK

Cautionary note:  Phosphorous entering Oklahoma at Watts, OK is still well above Oklahoma's numeric limit of .037 parts per million (ppm).


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Oklahoma's Watershed-Based Plan for Illinois River

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Water Quality Trends at Different Flow Regimes

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The Illinois River At Watts, Oklahoma

The Illinois River At Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Tenkiller Lake Water Quality Impairments

Oklahoma Average Annual Total Phosphorus Loading

Comparison of Geometric Means to Scenic Rivers Phosphorus Criterion and Oklahoma Impaired Waters List (303d list 2012)

Read selected reports in 2013 to the Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission

Chart showing streamflow, Illinois River at Watts, Oklahoma

Although the public is not notified of new or expanding poultry farms, adjoining land owners must be notified about new or expanding hog farms in Oklahoma.  Concern exists that hog factory farms may be moving into Arkansas (and possibly northeast Oklahoma) from North Carolina.  A controversial new hog farm in Arkansas is located near the Buffalo River, America's first National Scenic River.  The Illinois River and Tenkiller Lake have special setback protection from hog farms.  But is that enough protection?

Oklahoma Poultry Feeding Operations Act, Poultry Waste Transfer Act, and Poultry Waste Applicators Certification Act

Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Rules and Regulations

Oklahoma Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program

Most Current Oklahoma Poultry Waste Report (FY 2014)

Most Current Arkansas Poultry Waste Report for Illinois River Watershed

Oklahoma 2013 Poultry Waste and Movement Report

Scope of the Poultry Industry in the Illinois River Watershed in Arkansas

Oklahoma Poultry Production Report 2010-2011

Arkansas 2014 Poultry Waste Report REVISED

Oklahoma Poultry Litter Transfer Tax Credit

Illinois River, Cherokee County, Low Water at Combs Bridge
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Another City Joins Anti SQ 777 Band Wagon

The Tahlequah City Council has passed a resolution opposing so-called right to farm,State Question 777...(posted 10/17/16)   Read More...

STIR Annual Meeting Photos

Photographs from Save the Illinois River's 2016 Annual Membership Meeting and Ed Edmondson Awards Banquet October 1. (posted 10/4/16)   Read More...

2016 Scenic River Hall of Fame Announced

Three will be inducted on Oct. 1 into the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Hall of Fame...(posted 9/29/16)   Read More...

Saying NO on State Question 777-History is Made

Republicans and Democrats agreeing on something? Yes! The women political leaders of Cherokee County agreed voters must defeat Right to Farm, SQ 777...(posted 9/23/16)   Read More...

RSVP for STIR Annual Meeting

Sept. 28 is the final day to RSVP for Save the Illinois River's Annual Membership Meeting and banquet.
(posted on 9/21/16)

Vote NO on State Question 777 Nov. 8

Protect Oklahoma Clean Water. Vote NO on Right to Harm, SQ 777 on Nov. 8. (posted 9/15/16)   Read More...

Kickoff Meetings for Vote NO on State Question 777

Meetings are scheduled to kick off the campaign to defeat State Question 777...so called right to farm. The issue is on the November general election ballot...(posted Sept. 9, 2016)   Read More...

STIR Annual Meeting Oct. 1

Put it on your calendar: Saturday, Oct. 1 for the STIR Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet in Tahlequah...(posted 9/5/16)   Read More...

Last Meeting of the OSRC

The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission has faded into Oklahoma history...(posted 6/21/16)   Read More...

Final Meeting of the OSRC?

Unless the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission sets a future meeting prior to July 1, Tuesday's meeting will be the final meeting of the agency...(posted 6/18/16)   Read More...
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