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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

The Lower Illinois River Below Tenkiller Dam USACE Photo

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

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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Danger Signs for Barren Fork Creek

Blue Thumb volunteers monitoring Barren Fork Creek say the water quality is deteriorating...(posted 5/20/16)   Read More...

The New Law On Oklahoma Scenic Rivers

Read the changes made to the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Act and see how the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission will merge into the Grand River Dam Authority effective July 1, 2016...(posted 5/15/16)   Read More...

Governor Signs Transfer of OSRC to GRDA

Governor Mary Fallin has signed legislation moving the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission beneath the Grand River Dam Authority according to OSRC Administrator Ed Fite...(posted 5/11/16)   Read More...

A History of Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Protection

An excellent series of articles in the Tahlequah Daily Press by Nancy Garber about the history of Oklahoma Scenic Rivers protection. Garber is a member of the STIR Board of Directors...(5/13/16)   Read More...

Oklahoma Scenic River Commission Swansong

The OSRC is going to the Grand River Dam Authority because Oklahoma has no money for its scenic Rivers...(posted 4/21/16)   Read More...

Editorially Speaking-Muskogee Phoenix

Muskogee Phoenix editorial about consolidation of OSRC and GRDA...(posted 4/11/16)   Read More...

Editorially Speaking-Muskogee Phoenix

The Muskogee Phoenix shares our view of the proposed consolidation of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission with the Grand River Dam Authority..(posted 4/11/16)   Read More...

Gerald Hilsher Statement Regarding OSRC Consolidation

Immediate past Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Chairman Gerald Hilsher of Tulsa has given Save the Illinois River a statement regarding the proposed merger of the OSRC and the Grand River Dam Authority...(posted 4/5/16)   Read More...

Effort to Move OSRC to Grand River Dam Authority

A Oklahoma Senate bill would put the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission under the GRDA...(posted 4/2/16)   Read More...

Violations Notice Issued for Illinois River Pollution Incident

Watts, Oklahoma has received warnings from the State of Oklahoma because of a pollution incident...(posted 3/26/16)   Read More...
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