Why We're Here...
OKWaterlaw was developed by the Richard Wheatley Company to bring together information about water law, water rights and hydro politics so that Oklahoma water users could play an active part in finding the solutions to their individual problems.
What are your water rights? How do you apply to protect your water rights? How do you perfect your water rights?
What laws govern your use of water? Who owns the water on your property? What is the water worth? Will the Legislature change the law and declare water a commodity?
What is the difference between ground water, stream water and lake water? Is each type of water governed by the same law?
Hydro politics or the politics of water -- who makes the laws governing our water? The Federal government, the state Legislature, counties, cities and/or towns?
Who will be setting the policies regarding the use and sale of our water in the future? How can you be a part of the policy making process?
The Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan will be presented in 2011. How could the plan impact you and your water rights?
What are your visions for Oklahoma water? Should it be like New Mexico where all water rights are vested in individual owners or is Oklahoma’s water owned by the State? Who gets the money?
How do past court cases stack up as precedent?
What are the rights of Native Americans? Will tribal sovereignty trump your rights and state rights?
Major aquifers extend across multiple state lines. Can other states pump water right out from under your land? What are the other states doing to protect their rights?
What happens during a draught? Could you be cut off from your water supply? Which end user is cut off first?
OKWaterlaw will answer some of these questions, direct you to experts who can answer other questions and put you on the front row of policy debates on the big issues.
As you can see, Oklahoma water law is the most disjunctive, disconnected, complex and incomplete law in existence.
There is about the same amount of water in the world as there has always been, however with development, increased population and pollution has dramatically decreased access to water.
Oklahoma Water Resources Board – www.owrb.ok.gov
Department of Environmental Quality – www.deq.state.ok.us
Department of Agriculture, Food and Forrestry – www.oda.state.ok.us
Department of Mines – www.ok.gov/mines
Oklahoma Corporation Commission – www.occ.stat.ok.us
The Oklahoma Conservation Commission – www.okcc.state.ok.us
The Office of the Attorney General – www.oag.state.ok.us
The Office of the Governor – www.gov.ok.gov
The Legislative Service Bureau –www. lsb.state.ok.us
The Oklahoma State Senate – www.oksenate.gov
The Oklahoma House of Representatives – www.okhouse.gov
The Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute – http://environ.okstate.edu/okwater
The United States Geological Service – www.ok.water.usgs.gov