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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A water district that serves 25 north
Texas communities has filed a new application with the Oklahoma Water
Resources Board seeking to obtain more than 37 billion gallons of
Oklahoma water each year.
The Upper Trinity Regional Water District's second request asks
for water from Choctaw County's Boggy Creek Basin, while the other
requests that amount from the Kiamichi River near Hugo Lake.
"We definitely are not interested in water that the Oklahoma
people need. But we want to be available as a partner to conserve
this water. Right now, this water is lost. It's leaving the state
without any benefit to anyone," said Thomas Taylor, Upper Trinity's
Taylor said his group filed the second application because "the
traffic may be getting a bit too thick" for water from the Kiamichi
Another Texas group, the Tarrant Regional Water District, applied
in January to take 310,000 acre-feet, or more than 100 billion
gallons per year from that basin. Oklahoma City also filed an
application this year for 26 billion gallons a year from the same
"With so much interest in the Kiamichi, there could be a concern
that you're about to outstrip the Kiamichi. It appears to us to be a
lot of excess water in the Boggy Creek Basin," Thomas said.
Both of the group's applications seek "excess" water before it
reaches the Red River, where it becomes too salty to use as drinking
water without expensive treatment.
Upper Trinity serves cities and towns mainly in the Dallas-Fort
Worth metroplex. Its largest cities are Irving, Denton and
In 2001, legislators stopped a Keating administration proposal to
sell Oklahoma water to several Texas water districts, including the
Upper Trinity district, and split the profits with the Chickasaw and
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