, Muskogee, OK


May 30, 2014

Saving creek a voluntary endeavor

Mill Creek, a McIntosh County stream that flows into the Canadian River arm of Lake Eufaula, proves the power of people working together to solve environmental issues.

The creek and eight others will be removed from the state’s list of impaired water bodies. The other streams flow through north-central and southeastern Oklahoma counties.

Robert Hathorne, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, said the streams will be removed from the list of impaired water bodies because of turbidity reductions. Turbidity is the result of suspended sediments that cause cloudiness in the water.

 The reduced turbidity can be traced to voluntary conservation practices. Those practices reduce the amount of chemicals and soil runoff that can occur as a result of agricultural endeavors.

“These turbidity reductions are attributed to voluntary conservation practices such as ranch management and no-till farming on land along the stream’s bank,” Hathorne said. “We’ve had incredible success in Oklahoma thanks to the willingness of local citizens to voluntarily implement practices that protect our water supply.”

Everyone involved worked toward a common goal that benefits us all.

Water is a precious resource that we should not take for granted.

What we like best about this success story is the voluntary nature of the efforts that led to  improved water quality.

This proves that government does not always have to get involved to get results.

We should not need a government agency to force the issue of cleaning up a stream.

We should not need a government agency to fine us into submission.

The voluntary measures worked.

Everyone involved should be proud of the successful reclamation of Mill Creek.

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