The Woodward News

Local News

March 19, 2013

Canton Lake group to meet

Woodward, Okla. — The Canton Lake Association (CLA) will hold a public meeting at Canton Elementary School Gym Complex on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Interested persons are invited to attend for thorough discussions on future solutions to preserve Canton Lake water levels, recreation, and western Oklahoma streams and groundwater.

“Devastating actions have compounded Canton Lake’s present condition,” Tom Adams, a CLA board member said. “One issue for the patrons of Canton Lake and the CLA is Northwest Oklahoma citizens were left out of the process in the lake’s current federal water storage contract and the state water permit both which exist in perpetuity. When combined, these actions create an environment in which Canton Lake could literally be sucked dry.

“The primary goal of the CLA is to affect change in the contracts, permits and water laws that enable this to happen to Canton Lake. Another goal of CLA is to give the public a voice in present and future policymaking decisions both at the federal and state level. We simply cannot allow a catastrophe like this to repeat again and again at our lake.”

“The current and future status of our rivers and lakes including challenges brought on by the ongoing drought will be discussed,” said CLA President Jeff Converse. Legislators including State Senator Bryce Marlatt, State Representative Mike Sanders, board members and representatives from a strong conservation group known as Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy (ORWP, www.orwp.net), and others from various state, federal, and tribal agencies will participate. Additionally, Northwest Oklahoma Alliance (NwOA), a group composed of municipalities, businesses and organizations will speak on a northwest Oklahoma water plan. Discussion and ideas from the general public will be encouraged.

“Representatives from ORWP speaking at the meeting is extremely significant,” said Adams. “The ORWP brings experience to the Canton Lake situation in the form of extensive knowledge of state water law and permitting processes. ORWP has been heavily involved with the Choctaw and Chickasaw Tribes in southeastern Oklahoma in the battle over Sardis Lake and the interstate battle over water between Oklahoma and Texas. Now ORWP is ready to help the Canton Lake community.”

For further information including how to join the association, go to a blog at www.cantonlakeassn.org or write to Canton Lake Association, P.O. Box 693, Canton, OK 73724.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Boy, 7, drowns in weekend accident

    A seven-year-old boy died over the weekend when he fell into a swimming pool at a private residence in the Wheatridge addition, according to Woodward police reports.

    July 29, 2014

  • Commission OKs grader financing

    Monday morning in their weekly meeting, Woodward County Commissioners approved the financing on a new John Deere motor grader and discussed in detail the upcoming County Officers and Deputies Association meeting the county will host this October.

    July 29, 2014

  • Deal reached to improve veterans' health care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    July 29, 2014

  • Western Plains sets school supplies drive

     As the beginning of the school year approaches, so does the need for new school supplies.

    July 29, 2014

  • Area woman recovering from West Nile

    It wasn’t too many years ago when West Nile Virus was a scary word everyone hoped never happened to them and most of the time, that was true.

    July 27, 2014

  • Dedication set for art pieces

    Woodward’s collection of public art pieces will grow by two this week.

    July 27, 2014

  • ‘Support YOUR Cause Tour’ making stop in Woodward

    A musician is looking to raise $5,000 at an upcoming local concert.
    But Scott Helmer isn't raising the money for himself.  He is hoping to collect money to help support the Woodward Arts Theatre.

    July 26, 2014

  • Experts offer important tips on grilling

    When Roy Lenz prepares his grill for one of his famous steak nights at the Brandin’ Iron in Laverne, he does so with meticulous care and cleanliness, almost to the point of being compulsive.

    July 26, 2014

  • Light agenda set for county

    County commissioners will see a light agenda for their final meeting in July on Monday.

    July 26, 2014

  • State board votes again to delay education plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators across Oklahoma.

    July 24, 2014