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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). 

Statement to Compact Comm. by Oklahoma

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

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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Scenic Rivers Commission Election December 1

Registered scenic rivers area voters head to the ballot box December 1...(posted 11/22/15)   Read More...

Hearing on Scenic River Rules Nov. 17, 2015

Included in the proposed rules are those governing the use and possession of alcohol on the river and in public use areas.   Read More...

Scenic River Commission Election Scheduled

The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission has scheduled an election for three positions on the commission December 1, 2015...(posted 10/23/15)   Read More...

STIR Gathers for Annual Membership Meeting

by Hunter Lane, Tahlequah Daily Press  

Illinois River Study Updated

An update on a study of pollution in the Illinois River watershed was delivered Friday, Oct. 2, 2015...(10/4/15)   Read More...

Fish Kill on Illinois River Tributary

A fish kill is reported in Arkansas on Sager Creek, a tributary of an Oklahoma Scenic River...(10/1/15)   Read More...

Long Awaited Illinois River Study Nears Completion

A total maximum daily load (TMDL) study of Illinois River watershed pollution is nearing completion...(10/1/15)   Read More...

Report on Oklahoma Scenic Rivers

The Illinois River in Oklahoma is meeting phosphorus goals at all four sampling stations in Oklahoma according to new information..(9/24/15)   Read More...

Henry, Baker, Smithee headed for OSRC Hall of Fame

Join STIR for the annual meeting on Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m., at the Sequoyah Outing Club on the scenic Illinois River.   Read More...

Ihloff Day Spa Supports STIR

Board members present token of appreciation  
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