After the recent drought, ways are being discussed to help Southwest Oklahoma move forward in securing a water supply for generations to come. The Southwest Oklahoma Water Supply Action Plan Report includes steps that can be taken, including the rehabilitation of the Altus City Reservoir.
In the two-year action plan, an assessment of rehabilitation needs and costs will be conducted for the Altus reservoir, and at same time, the costs and the benefits of dredging the Lake Altus dam will be investigated. The two to five year action plan will include the preliminary planning and design of the improvements as needed. This will be based on the evaluation of costs and benefits. The five year plan would be the implementation of the improvements, based on the evaluation.
According to the report, this option requires significant study, regulatory permitting, and funding/financing strategies. It also could have longer design and construction periods. Also included in the evaluation plans is to raise existing dams at Lake Altus and/or the Tom Steed Reservoir, as well as new major reservoir sites, and the investigation of potential new or expanded natural resources conservation service (NCRS) dams.
The Altus community has huge visions for the Altus reservoir including a community garden and new areas for community activities. The importance of improving water security, increasing the quality of life, and to help economic development are just a few of the other visions. There is an open discussion about possible plans for the reservoir called “Dream Big Altus”. Look for the link on the Altus Times website or Facebook page.
A continuing series of stories about the reservoir will continue in the Friday edition of the Altus Times. Share your reservoir ideas or questions by emailing Mary O. Esparza at [email protected]
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext.2077