Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Walters, Bellmon Reveal Water Project Proposals

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Walters, Bellmon Reveal Water Project Proposals

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Both major candidates for Governor Tuesday revealed proposals to boost Oklahoma's economic recovery with water development pr ojects at the Seventh Annual Governor's Water Conference.

Henry Bellmon, Republican, would back desalinization efforts of the state's rivers and create regional water authorities to help cities cooperate in building water treatment and transportation systems.

David Walters, Democrat, called for reform in the state's water and waste water management systems and said he would appoint a Governor's Water Development and Coordinating Council.

Bellmon and Walters addressed a luncheon meeting of more than 400 participants at the conference on water's importance to economic development.

"Without adequate and dependable high quality water, Oklahoma has no financial future," Bellmon said. "Without regional water authorities to assist cooperation between cities, the state is handicaped."

Ten cities use Kaw Reservoir near Ponca City for storage but have to develop separate treatment and transportation facilities.

"That's wasteful," Bellmon said. "The authority would help cities build regional water treatment and transportation systems."

The authorities also would make negotiations with new industries easier, Bellmon said.

Bellmon also proposed removing salt from the Red River and Arkansas river systems to increase the amount of potable water available to the state.

The Cimarron and Salt Fork Rivers should be diverted into new river beds around three salt plains in northwest Oklahoma, he said. More than 7,000 tons of salt a day are dumped into the Arkansas from those salt plans.

Bellmon also backed plans to desalinate the Red River through a cost-sharing water project included in the Walter Resources Development Act now waiting President Reagan's signature. …

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