Hearing set to appeal amount of water taken from Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer

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A hearing appealing the decision on reduction of ground water pumped from the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer is scheduled for next Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

In 2013 the Oklahoma Water Resources Board reduced the amount of groundwater that can be pumped from the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer by 90 percent.

The OWRB set the maximum annual yield to a little more than 78,000 acre-feet of water. An acre foot of water is the volume of water that would cover an area of one acre to a depth of one foot.

The decision is designed to protect the continued free flow of springs and streams that supply popular destinations, including Turner Falls.

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation and several other groups oppose the 2013 decision, and will appear in court on Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.



 
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