[Ok-sus] Media Advisory: Congressman Lucas, Conservation Partners to Make Watershed Program Announcement

Robert Hathorne Robert.Hathorne at Conservation.ok.gov
Tue Jul 15 15:25:19 UTC 2014

Media Advisory
Robert Hathorne | Public Information Officer
Oklahoma Conservation Commission
405.437.9171 | @conservation_ok

Congressman Lucas, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Partners to Make Oklahoma Watershed Program Announcement

Dam Rehabilitation Critical to Public Health and Safety

WHO:                   Congressman Frank Lucas, USDA-NRCS Chief Jason Weller, and Conservation Partners

WHAT:                 Press conference on future 2014 Farm Bill funding for dam modification in Oklahoma and across the country

WHERE:               Perry Lake, Perry, OK (detailed map attached)

WHEN:                 Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

WHY:                    Oklahoma's 2,107 watershed dams provide flood control, water supply, recreation, wildlife habitat, and fire suppression to communities statewide-all are eligible for upgrades to bring them within current safety standards. Funding for the most at-risk dams in this state and across the country is critical to public health and safety.


-          Congressman Frank Lucas

-          Jason Weller, USDA-NRCS Chief

-          Governor Mary Fallin (invited)

-          OK Senator Ron Justice (invited)

-          OK Senator AJ Griffin

-          OK Representative Dennis Casey

-          OK Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese

-          OK Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague (invited)

-          Gary O'Neill, OK NRCS State Conservationist

-          Mike Thralls, OCC Executive Director and President of NASCA

-          Noble County Conservation District board members

-          Don Streller, Chairman, Black Bear Conservancy District

-          Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts President Kim Farber (invited)

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