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2009 Oklahoma Highlights and Stories

2009 Oklahoma Highlights and Stories

Obama Recovery Act Funding Stimulates Oklahoma Conservation Partnership and Helps Economy

Lt. Governor Jeri Askins speaks about Oklahoma’s strong leadership in the watershed program, and how the Double Creek Watershed Rehabilitation Project earned another “first” for Oklahoma.

A celebration ceremony was held near Ochelata, Oklahoma, to mark the completion of the rehabilitation of six upstream flood control dams in the Double Creek Watershed Project. It is the first watershed project in the nation to have all the dams rehabilitated. Rehabilitation included raising the height of the dams, widening the earthen spillways and replacing the principal spillways (concrete inlet tower connected to spillway pipes in the dam).


The People’s Garden Already Rooted In Oklahoma

[People's] Garden lines sidewalk leading to USDA Service Center entrance.

The concept of a People’s Garden wasn’t new to District Conservationist Stacey Mathis. “Our office has had a garden since 2005; glad to see it’s catching on!” joked Mathis.

 

The People's Garden was initiated February 12, 2009, during a ceremony on the grounds of the USDA Building, commemorating the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln.


Obama Recovery Act Funding Stimulates Oklahoma Conservation Partnership and Helps Economy

USDA ARRA logo

...“Partnership and collaboration between Federal, State, and local agencies is essential for the timely rehabilitation of these aging flood control structures throughout Oklahoma,” said NRCS Oklahoma State Conservationist Ronald Hilliard. “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding has proven so far to be a prime example of what Federal, State, and local agencies can accomplish when working in partnership.”