The Durant Democrat has published an interesting article on the efforts of Senator Jay Paul Gumm to protect the water resources of Southeastern Oklahoma. I hope his efforts to protect the rare and scenic beauty of the area, while promoting smart economic growth and are sincere.
Senate Bill 1019 would designate Blue River in Johnston County as one of Oklahoma's scenic rivers. The source of Blue River is the aquifer, and adding the river to the list of scenic rivers would give us another layer of protection for the river and its source water.
My goal is to protect the economic opportunities for southern Oklahoma created by the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer. A 'no economic growth' policy for the Blue River is inconsistent with what we are trying to do in our efforts to save the aquifer and the surface waters that depend on it.
My goal with this bill - and a similar one originating in the House of Representatives - is simple: protect Blue River, its scenic beauty, its source waters, and the opportunities the river creates - including economic opportunities. As long as I am your senator, I will fight to protect our water - our future - for the next generation who will call southern Oklahoma home. -- Oklahoma Senator Jay Paul Gumm
If it ever rains again I hope to paddle the Blue River in SE Oklahoma and make my own call on if it deserves to be calld a 'scenic river'. Check out the full article here: Durant Democrat - Aquifer tops list of concerns for 2006 session.
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