Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Leaders Looting Oklahoma's Most Scenic Rivers?

Are County Commisioners Looting Oklahoma River Resources?

Well, when the bad weather and job issues keep me off the rivers, I figure I can always post some news about the development of paddling resources in Oklahoma. Sadly, the last good news I found was for the improvements being made to the Tulsa Wave. This week, I only seem to find the other kind of news:

Mining Scenic Rivers in Oklahoma

Members of Trout Unlimited from Tulsa have recently made complaints to at least four state agencies and the U.S. Corps of Engineers about illegal gravel mining on the Illinois River. Now it looks like some of the mining may have been tracked back to Muskogee County Commissioner Ronnie Pevehouse.

Complaints that he allegedly removed gravel illegally from the Illinois River are without merit, said Muskogee County Commissioner Ronnie Pevehouse. The legal removal of gravel from private property adjacent to the river is saving county taxpayers $60,000 per year, Pevehouse said. - Muskogee Phoenix
Muskogee Phoenix - Commisioner accused of illegal gravel mining

Illegal Dams on Oklahoma's Scenic Rivers

Due to the recent damming of Barren Fork Creek in both Adair and Cherokee counties, and the discovery of illegal gravel mining in Delaware County on Flint Creek, Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Chairman Rick Stubblefield recently decided that something had to be done.

Oklahoma Scenic River supporters may be relieved to know that the commisioner has appointed a four-member Watershed Coordination and Management Committee to tackle illegal operations along the banks of the Illinois River.

Tahlequah Daily Press - Committee named to tackle illegal river operations

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1 comment:

It's me, T.J. said...

Sometimes the cheapest route costs us more in the long run.

Sorry you can't paddle much right now, but I am enjoying the news.