Skip to main content

Water Planning

The OWRB is responsible for coordinating decadal updates of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP) and subsequently managing recommended initiatives, studies, and projects. The OCWP provides invaluable information for water planning, including current water supply, 50-year projected demands, projected surface water gaps and groundwater depletions, assessments of infrastructure needs, and analyses of local issues as reported by water experts in every sector for each of Oklahoma's 13 planning regions.

The most recently published OCWP update includes an Executive Report, 13 Watershed Planning Region reports, and many additional technical study findings and reports that can be found on the Scientific Reports page.

An intensive public participation and policy development process was integral to the development of the 2012 update, resulting in various recommendations that are being implemented across the state. Key focus areas for implementation have included water conservation, efficiency, and reuse through the Water for 2060 act; increasing water project and infrastructure financing; increasing data collection and coordinating statewide monitoring activities; addressing fish and recreation flows; defining excess and surplus flows; assisting with regional planning efforts; and bolstering partnerships between the State of Oklahoma and Tribal Nations.

Significant progress has been made in all of the focus areas through state and federal legislative actions as well as local policy development and industry initiatives. Policymakers across Oklahoma rely heavily on OCWP analyses and recommendations to determine priorities.

The 2025 OCWP update is well underway with assistance from OCWP and US Army Corps of Engineers contractors, partner organizations, state and federal agencies, tribes, and universities. Input from private and public sectors is currently being collected and analyzed to help determine policy issues and data gaps. 

The updated OCWP will identify and recommend water management strategies utilizing the latest technologies for modeling and assessing water availability, water demand projections, and water quality trends. Throughout the process, stakeholders from all water use sectors, Tribal Nations, interested water planning groups, state agencies, legislators, local entities, and federal organizations will be engaged to ensure the most pressing water issues are addressed.

Last Modified on Nov 20, 2023
Back to Top