There are three rules of rapid carbon testing that anyone can pick up rather quickly. Don't stand behind the guy with the truck when he's moving from flag to flag, don't stand downwind of the guy with the knife, and even though it is called rapid carbon testing, you'll need to wear a hat because you'll be in the sun for more than just a few minutes.
With 78,500 miles of rivers and streams throughout Oklahoma, it's hard to imagine how effective water quality monitoring is even possible. That distance equates to about three times the circumference of the earth. But Oklahomans, determined to improve water quality, have found the recipe for success.
As you drive through the Oklahoma historic prairie chicken habitat range in the northwest part of the state, you pass the tractor tucks loading under grain elevators that tower over the tiny high plains towns with Native American names. Here, if producers are not raising cattle they are growing something that feeds cattle or some combination of the two. There is barely a trickle of water in the North Canadian River and that emphasizes the looming drought.
She opens the gate to the temporary fencing that surrounds the organic, free-range turkeys she and her husband started raising. Kathryn McCrary yells over to the birds, "how you guys doin' over there?" A chorus of 60 eager gobblers respond emphatically.
October 5, 2010 - Twenty contractor representatives from at least five states and Oklahoma, sat quietly around the conference table in the NRCS Anadarko Field Service Center. They were listening as NRCS Civil Engineer Marques Hunter detailed the expectations of the construction of the Farrow Drop project.