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Release Date: February 14, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. – Water providers in the Arbuckle Simpson region were recently asked to implement response actions for a stage one drought.

Communities and other water users are working together to carry out a drought contingency plan developed by the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) task force. Formed by the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation following the prolonged drought from 2010-15, the task force worked with providers and stakeholders such as farmers, ranchers, industry groups and others. The drought contingency plan is designed to ensure sustainability of the Arbuckle Simpson water supply.

Five indicators, including lake levels, well depth, spring flows and stream flows are among the factors used to trigger drought response actions.

Only one of five indicators is necessary to trigger a stage one drought response.

A multitude of south central Oklahoma communities, rural water districts, businesses, ranches and individuals tap into the aquifer. It is estimated 140,000 citizens draw water from the aquifer daily.

Many municipalities will begin implementing conservation measures and planning to take additional measures should the drought worsen.

Ranchers are being made aware of the drought so they are able to plan how to best meet the needs of their herds.

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