Tom Buchanan, manager of the Lugert-Altus Irrigation District, will offer a Southwest Oklahoma spin on the topic of water policy during his remarks at Thursday’s evening’s premiere of a new exhibit at the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus. Hosted by the Western Trail Historical Society, the reception and program will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday and is open to the public.
Throughout the month of February, the museum is hosting the interactive traveling exhibit created by the University of Oklahoma’s Carl Albert Center. The exhibit, WATER: Congressional Representation to Protect a Precious Resource, provides a narrative of historical events, highlights pivotal congressional figures through time, and explains current water-related issues that the state is facing. With the recent return of severe drought conditions as well as a rise in water-related disasters, our congressional history is more valuable than ever as a guide for current policy-making.
“As a member of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Tom is knowledgeable about the impact legislation can have on water resources for our state in general and for Southwest Oklahoma in particular,” explained Jennie Buchanan, director of the Museum of the Western Prairie. “We were very pleased when he agreed to be our speaker for the opening of this new exhibit.”
The Museum of the Western Prairie is located at 1100 Memorial in Altus. Admission to the museum is free for the Thursday evening reception and program.
Jennie Buchanan is the Director of the Museum of the Western Prairie