Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

No Progress Yet on Sardis Lake Water Rights

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

No Progress Yet on Sardis Lake Water Rights

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Oklahoma City metro area municipalities joined forces recently to try to secure water rights to Sardis Lake, but the task is likely to take several years to conclude, Oklahoma City manager Jim Couch said.

"It's kind of hard to spend $310 million when the metro area doesn't have a desperate need," Couch said. "But in the long term, is it the right thing to do now? I think it is. It's absolutely the right thing for us."

The southeast Oklahoma lake has been eyed by several cities and counties for many years. Oklahoma City officials have been trying for at least a decade to secure water rights from the state Water Resources Board.

The city recently joined with Ada, Edmond, Norman, Seminole and Shawnee municipal officials, as well as those representing the counties of Pottawatomie, Lincoln and Seminole, to explore the possibility of working on the project as a cooperative.

"We're nowhere as far as getting this worked out," Couch said Monday. "We're talking to some folks, but it's a very complicated project. …

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