Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy (ORWP) will hold its’ 2012 Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in Antlers.
This year the ORWP has lined up two water experts, Dr. Kyle E. Murray and Dr. Jonathan Fisher, to speak about surface and ground water issues in Oklahoma.
Other speakers will include the Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation, Gary Batton, and former Oklahoma Attorney General, Larry Derryberry. Area legislators will speak about water laws they plan to introduce in the 2013 session, and candidates for state and federal office will briefly outline their positions on Oklahoma water issues.
ORWP has long called for peer-reviewed, scientific research to be the foundation for all Oklahoma's water law. They expressed how honored they felt to have two respected water scientists address their members at this year's annual meeting.
Dr. Murray is the Hydro-geologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, which is charged with investigating Oklahoma's land, water, mineral, and energy resources and promoting the wise use of our natural resources.
He has worked in the public sector, private sector, and academia on geologic and hydro-logic studies that have spanned several states including Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Murray's research is designed to provide practical scientific perspectives on water issues and to pursue informed management and sustainable practices.
Dr. Fisher earned his Ph.D. in Zoology at Oklahoma State University 2010. He is an Assistant Professor of Aquatic Toxicology at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. His current research projects explore the effects of antibiotics and fracking byproducts on the function of stream-dwelling microbial communities. Fisher is currently the acting chair of the Fisheries and Wildlife program at NSU and advises two student organizations: the NSU Fish and Wildlife club and the NSU Chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).
The meeting will be held at the Choctaw Community Center located at 400 S.W. “O” Street in Antlers.
“Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy (ORWP) is a grassroots citizens' organization created to protect Oklahoma's water resources, environment and way of life. They are defined by what is currently happening regarding Sardis Lake, as well as what has happened with Atoka Lake and McGee Creek Reservoir. In addition, there was an attempted "raid" on the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer. A "raid" on the Boggys by the proposed construction of the Boswell and Parker Reservoirs is still in the planning stages.”