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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

The Illinois River Watershed, U.S. EPA

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 Trends

Graph:  Phosphorous Loading in Illinois River watershed

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).


Rationale for Scenic Rivers Numeric Phosphorus Limit

Oklahoma's Scenic Rivers Phosphorus Limit

Second Watershed Agreement Between Arkansas and Oklahoma

Illinois River Watershed TMDL-U.S. EPA TMDL Page

Illinois River Joint Study Committee Page

Oklahoma's Watershed-Based Plan for Illinois River

Arkansas' Watershed-Based Plan for the Illinois River

Read selected reports in 2014 to the Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission.

Water Quality Trends at Different Flow Regimes

Water Quality Trends Chart of Total Phosphorus Concentrations

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)

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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STIR Opposed to State Question 777

The following article is from the Tahlequah Daily Press on Feb. 5, 2016.   Read More...

Combs Bridge Taken Down

An historic Cherokee County landmark is missing from the Illinois River, replaced by a new concrete "modern" bridge...(posted 1/23/16)   Read More...

Clean Water Act Rules Alive

A presidential veto has kept new Clean Water Act rules alive...(posted 1/21/16   Read More...

Work Begins to Take Down Combs Bridge

Heavy equipment is used to remove the deck of Combs Bridge, an Illinois River landmark...(posted 1/17/16)   Read More...

State Question Bad for Environment

November is a long way off but opposition is already growing against a farm lobby-backed constitutional amendment going to voters in Nov. The Muskogee Phoenix says it's bad for the environment...(posted 1/13/16)   Read More...

Lower Illinois River-Muskogee Phoenix Editorial

The Muskogee Phoenix has praised a decision by Save the Illinois River regarding the Lower Illinois River...(1/8/16)   Read More...

Instream Flow Study Group to Meet January 21

An important study on Illinois River instream flow will be held in Tahlequah on Jan. 21...(posted 1/4/16)   Read More...

Latest Poultry Waste Report Released

The State Department of Agriculture has released the FY 2014 report on poultry waste generated in Oklahoma..(posted 12/4/16)   Read More...

Illinois River Flood

The Oklahoma Scenic River Commission is reporting on flood conditions...(posted 1:36 pm Monday, 12/30/15)   Read More...

Save the Illinois River Newsletter

Is a factory hog farm coming to a location near you? Read STIR's December newsletter...(posted 12/21/15)   Read More...
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