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Watching Our Scenic Rivers

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

Understanding Important Oklahoma Water Issues

Simple Ways You Can Protect the Illinois River and Tenkiller Lake


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

Phosphorus levels are trending downward in the Illinois River and tributaries with the exception of Flint Creek which is impacted by point and nonpoint pollution sources.


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

Upper Illinois River Watershed Based Plan November 2012 Final

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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Oklahoma Scenic River Again Threatened by Dam

Fort Smith, Arkansas wants to build a bigger lake in Oklahoma on the scenic Little Lee Creek...(3/12/15)   Read More...

Thick Algal Matts Reported

Ed Fite, Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission administrator, has witnessed large masses of algae on the Illinois River near Tahlequah...(3/7/15)   Read More...

Changes for Poultry Farms Proposed

Save the Illinois River urges you to read House Bill 2208 and form an opinion. Is it helpful or harmful for water quality?...(3/5/15)   Read More...

Rivers Commission Adopts Fee Resolution

The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission has passed a resolution to charge some Illinois River visitors a fee...(2/18/15)   Read More...

Tenkiller Lake Guide Is Online

The Greater Tenkiller Area Association 2015 Visitor's Guide is now available Online for easy viewing...(2/18)   Read More...

Illinois River User Fee Considered Tuesday, Feb., 17

The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission is proposing reinstituting the $1 user fee to meet a critical shortfall in funding...(2/14/15)   Read More...

Show Your Love for Scenic Rivers and Clean Water

Save the Illinois River has a free Illinois River decal with 2015 membership...(1/27/15)   Read More...

Stream Flow Study for Illinois River

Public Forum in Tahlequah to kick off pilot study on Illinois River flow priorities...(12/26/14)   Read More...

Illinois River Water Quality Reports 2014

Reports to the Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission Oct. 30, 2014...(12/20/14)   Read More...

Articles About Oklahoma's Illinois River

Two articles from the Tahlequah Daily Press about the Illinois River...(11/24/14)   Read More...
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