A concert set for today on Oklahoma 10 near Tahlequah will benefit Green Country Guardians, a group whose efforts include protecting northeastern Oklahoma watersheds.

Pam Kingfisher of Green Country Guardians said the idea for the benefit concerts series was pitched by the musicians. Many of them live in the area, grew up here, or are regular visitors.

“These musicians love Spring Creek and the Illinois River,” Kingfisher said. “This is such a part of everyone’s lives, and this is what they wanted to do, so we are doing it.”

The Protect Our Watershed! Benefit Concerts for Clean Water is the first of what organizers hope to be a series. Spring Creek coalition will get a share of the money and will use it in their campaign for clean water.

And, we certainly want them to succeed. We all benefit from their efforts whether we realize it or not.

Some of the money raised will be used to pay for a billboard on U.S. 412 that reminds people that Green Country Guardians “Protect Oklahoma families from Arkansas chicken pollution.”

The state granted permits for the construction of scores of mega-sized poultry barns in Delaware County before residents knew they were going to be built. That’s only where it begins. Poultry feeding operations seem to have drained Spring Creek and the aquifers that feed it.

We hope the groups get the support they need. We all need for them to succeed in the name of clean water for Oklahomans.

If you go

WHAT: Protect Our Watershed! Benefit Concerts for Clean Water featuring Meandering Orange, Randy Crouch & Friends, Red Dirt Rangers and My-Tea Kind.

WHERE: Riverbend Floats, located two miles north of U.S. 62 on Scenic Oklahoma 10. 

WHEN: 4 to 10 p.m. today.

ETC.: There will be raffles, food and beverages for sale.

TICKETS: $18 through eventbrite.com. Search Concerts for Clean Water — Tahlequah.

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