Oklahoma Water for 2060 and Beyond is Focus of Free Seminar Planned September 6 at SWOSU


The first of three free seminars on Oklahoma water issues will be Thursday, September 6, from 6-8 p.m. at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

Oklahoma Water Resources Board Executive Director J. D. Strong will speak about “Water for 2060….and Beyond.” His talk will be in the SWOSU Conference Center, located at the corner of Seventh and Davis Streets in Weatherford. Admission is free.

Strong, a native of Weatherford, was named executive director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board in October 2010. He previously served as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Environment, where he coordinated activities of the Environmental Cabinet, including the Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Board and Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Under Strong's leadership, the OWRB updated the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan, a 50-year water supply assessment and policy strategy to meet Oklahoma's future water needs. Strong also oversees administration of Oklahoma’s AAA-rated $2.7 billion financial assistance program, which assists more than two-thirds of Oklahoma communities and rural water districts in financing water infrastructure projects. Other significant programs under Strong’s direction include the administration of almost 13,000 water rights permits allocating some six million acre-feet of stream and groundwater, hydrologic studies, licensure of water well drillers, floodplain management, dam safety, and a water quality management program that includes establishment of standards and statewide monitoring of lakes and streams.

This seminar is part of SWOSU Continuing Education programs that will focus on exploring issues regarding water issues in Oklahoma.  Future programs are:

  • October 2: “Water: The Basics Plus Current Oil & Gas Related Issues,” Speakers Mart Tisdal and Patrick O’Hara Jr., attorneys-at-law, Tisdal & O’Hara PLLC; and “Conservation and Water—Keeping it Around and Keeping Safe,” Speaker Clay Pope, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts
  • October 6:“Choctaw/Chickasaw Regional Water Plan”, Speaker Duane Smith, former Executive Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and consultant for the Chickasaw and Choctaw Tribes

For additional information, please contact the SWOSU Office of Public Relations at 580.774.3063 or news@swosu.edu.