Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Officials to Attend Dedication of Mcgee Creek Dam, Reservoir

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Officials to Attend Dedication of Mcgee Creek Dam, Reservoir

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Mayor Andy Coats, Gov. George Nigh and Congressman James Jones are expected to observe Friday's dedication of the $100 million McGee Creek Dam and Reservoir project at 10:30 a.m. at the spillway three miles north of Farris.

Farris is located in Atoka County in southeastern Oklahoma.

The Federal Bureau of Reclamation started construction of the McGee Creek Reservoir in 1977 to provide 60,000 acre-feet of water for municipal and industrial uses.

Oklahoma City holds rights to 40,000 acre-feet of McGee Creek Reservoir water. An 18-mile pipeline will carry water from the reservoir to Lake Atoka, which is one source of Oklahoma City's raw water supply. Systems to bring water from Lake Atoka to Oklahoma City are already in use.

Prior to the start of the project, Oklahoma City and other McGee Creek water rights holders formed the McGee Creek Authority, which will reimburse the reclamation bureau for construction costs and also operate and maintain the project.

In addition to providing dependable municipal and industrial water supplies, the project - which adjoins approximately 19,000 acres of wilderness and wildlife management areas - will include three major recreational areas and fish and wildlife enhancement in the stream below the dam.

Completion of the project is expected early in 1987.

Bowie Honored by Council Roz Bowie, a gospel singer who grew up in Oklahoma City, was honored with a resolution from the mayor's office during Tuesday's meeting of the Oklahoma City Council for her part in the July 4th festivities in New York City.

Bowie was a scheduled performer at the Hoboken Harbor Festival on July 4. She also played a major role in calming an unruly crowd the following day.

On July 5, crowds in line to visit the newly reopened Statue of Liberty became angry when officials curtailed tours that day. Bowie, who also had went to see the statue, was instrumental in calming the crowd by singing "Sweet Liberty," written by Oklahoma City attorneys Grover Miskovsky and Lyle McPheters, as well as several other patriotic songs. …

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