2012 Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan
The most recent update of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP), published in 2012, focuses on 50-year projected demands, projected surface water gaps and groundwater depletions, assessments of infrastructure needs, and analyses of local issues for each of Oklahoma's 82 planning basins comprising 13 watershed planning regions. An intensive public participation and policy development process was integral to 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 Water for 2060; 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.
Many additional technical study findings and reports that can be found on the Scientific Reports page by typing "OCWP" in the search bar.