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January 13, 2013

OKC plans concern many in area

Water draw could have environmental, economic impact on Canton Lake

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Woodward, Okla. — WATER DRAW A DRAIN ON CANTON'S ECONOMY

Curtis Hoskins with the Canton Lake Association expressed his concerns as well, not only about the environmental impact the draw could have on the lake, but the effects on the community as well.  Hoskins said he believes the low lake level is responsible for the reduction in tourism and tourist revenue that Canton has seen as of late.

Stahl suspects this additional draw will only continue to hurt business in Canton.

"We're also not expecting any Walleye rodeo this year. There is currently one boat ramp available and soon that won't be usable," Stahl said.

In the past the Walleye Rodeo would bring in thousands of people to participate in the annual fishing tournament held at the lake.  This is turn meant more people spending more money to eat and shop in Canton.

IS DRAW NECESSARY NOW?

One of Hoskins main concerns was whether the draw from the lake was absolutely necessary right now.

"We've been told the Lake Hefner Water Treatment Plant requires 25 million gallons of water a day. There are currently about 40,200 acre-feet of water in Lake Hefner. Since there are 325,853 gallons per foot acre, that means ideally Hefner has 524 days worth of water to run the facility with," Hoskins said.

Hoskin's continued, "I think its unrealistic to expect every drop of water to be reachable by the facility, but surely with that much water there's enough time to hold off until the spring rain before they finish off our lake."

Stahl also warns that there's a chance that much of the water, if taken now, might not even make it to Hefner.

"When they let water out of Canton without a rainy event, when the river bed isn't wet, they lose half the water wetting the riverbed between Canton and Oklahoma City," he said.

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