77 people attended a Cooperation Appreciation dinner held October 27, 2009 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The dinner was organized by the project coordinators for the Eucha/Spavinaw Creek watershed, the Illinois River watershed, and the Honey Creek watershed. Over 400 invitations were mailed to cooperators, agency personnel, and legislators. Corporate and individual sponsors were obtained to provide food, beverages, paper products and door prizes.
The event was held to thank producers in the area for their time, hard work, and personal investments into conservation in the watersheds. Without their participation in these voluntary programs, no one could hope to achieve water quality success in these watersheds. The event was also an opportunity to share with the producers how their efforts had extended beyond conservation of their own operations, to conservation of natural resources throughout the watershed.
Jill Ashbrener, the Project Coordinator for the Eucha/Spavinaw Water Quality Project, spearheaded the event and served as emcee for the program. Speakers included Ryan Sproul, Extension Agent with the Delaware County Extension Office, Sam Taylor, a Delaware county landowner and cooperator, and Shanon Phillips, Director of the Water Quality Division of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. The Delaware County Conservation District directors were also involved in providing