ACOG’s Water Resources Division helps local governments to maximize the use of ground and surface water resources. This includes planning, management, protection and research of potable water supplies.
The Garber-Wellington Association staff serves as technical adviser to more than 20 municipalities. Services range from water supply and water well location to underground storage tank removal and site remediation.
Local governments typically request technical assistance on topics such as determination of sewage effluent standards for NPDES permits and water treatment analyses. Other activities affecting surface water that the Division provides technical guidance on include investigation of pollution problems, floodplain management and solid waste and hazardous waste activities.
Groundwater is water located beneath the earths surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of rock formations. A unit of rock or an unconsolidated deposit is called an aquifer when it can yield a usable quantity of water.
The sprayground at 10th and May, OKC
Drought conditions bring the prospect of long-term impact on water capacity issues in the region. ACOG helps provide information to consumers and media for all Central Oklahoma entities by producing the bimonthly Drought Report which showcases several different drought metrics and current water storage capacity of several Central Oklahoma reservoirs. Stay tuned to this page for frequent updates on our regional water situation.
Amendments to the Clean Water Act in 1987 required the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address stormwater runoff, after environmental studies indicating that contaminated stormwater is one of the primary detriments to water quality in lakes and streams. Polluted stormwater runoff is often discharged directly into local water bodies. When left uncontrolled, this water pollution can result in the destruction of fish, wildlife, and aquatic life habitats and can threaten public health due to contaminated food, drinking water supplies and recreational waterways. Continue Reading…
Every year about fifty bills concerning water issues are introduced in the state legislature. Although only a small number of these make it into law, it is important to every Oklahoman to be aware of the critical legal changes that affect our water quantity and quality.
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