The Oklahoma Conservation Commission has been very active in the Oklahoma in many areas. The Watershed Program helps with flood control and the Water Quality Division develops, implements and monitors programs to reduce water pollution.

The heavy rains during the summer of 2007 would have been much worse without the 2,105 watershed flood control dams, saving an estimated $290 million. Furthermore, another $46 million in damages could have been prevented if the 330 planned dams were constructed.

†The rains caused some serious problems for the organization though. Some flood control dams were damaged during the floods, an estimated $30 million. There is hope funding will find these projects.

The stimulus package is set to provide much needed funding for watershed and flood control projects. The federal government should provide $10 million to $15 million dollars for these efforts.

†The Water Quality Division has several important projects undergoing in northeastern Oklahoma. Honey Creek, Spavinaw Creek and Beaty Creek are watershed implementation projects aimed to improve water quality. These projects include animal waste management, establishing buffer strips, proper poultry waste, septic system repair, etc. Around 25 percent of the Honey Creek watershed is being worked on, work is continuing in the Spavinaw Creek area and Beaty Creek watershed project was completed in 2003.

†The Grand Lake watershed area is another project the Water Quality Division participated in. This project focused on reducing the pollution in and around Grand Lake. The project built rain gardens to filter water, expanded monitoring of Grand Lake, and improved water pollution education at Cleora schools and other public events. This project is now completed with the help of volunteers from the four-state area.

†This organization is vital to the quality of Oklahoma water. The volunteers from our area have been a big help in these projects. Their efforts have increased water quality and protected many areas from flood waters. The Oklahoma Conservation Commission Water Quality Divisionís impact is beneficial to everyone. Their efforts have and will continue to improve the water quality in and around Grand Lake and the rest of Oklahoma.