Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016 - (Page 34)

DePartMeNt: eMerGeNCY MaNaGeMeNt Drought to Flood: o Oklahoma BY DereK SMItHee, OKlaHOMa water reSOurCeS BOarD Oklahoma is a land of contrasts and extremes. With pronghorn antelope in the panhandle and alligators in the Southeast, and more ecoregions per surface area than any other state, Oklahomans are accustomed to dealing with dynamic and often dangerous weather variability. When combined with sub-zero wintertime temperatures and weeks of triple digit heat in summer, Oklahoma has a long history of expecting the unexpected. Even so, 2015 was a year to remember. It witnessed both the continuation of an extreme drought that began in 2010, as well as both the wettest May, and wettest year, on record. From extreme drought to extreme flooding in 30 days is a major swing, even for Oklahoma! Climatologically, over the last few hundred years, Oklahoma generally experiences 20-25 year cycles from wet to dry. In 2010, we began to experience the expected protracted drought. Because North Canadian near El Reno. Left: September 2014, right: July 2015. Glover River near Glover. Left: March 2015, right: May 2015. 34 SeCOND Quarter 2016 of the recent completion of Oklahoma's Comprehensive Water Plan, however, Oklahoma was in the fortunate position of being able to deal with this drought by identifying hot spot areas where demand would exceed supply and partnering with the various water providers to bridge this gap. Working in partnership with municipalities, rural water districts and other water providers, short- and long-term strategies were put in place that utilized a blend of conservation, reuse, demand

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016

From the President
Careers in Rural Water
Water University
Credential from Water U Helps Land the Job
Lessons in Water
Finance: Tracking Down Non-Revenue Water
Technology: GIS and the 5 Ws
Emergency Management: Drought to Flood: Oklahoma
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Four Key Benefits to Incorporating Cellular Technology into Your Utility Management System
The WaterPro Online Community
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2016