Lawmakers complain about water agreement
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two Republican lawmakers from southern Oklahoma are criticizing a water agreement signed earlier this month by Gov. Mary Fallin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Reps. Dustin Roberts of Durant and Tommy Hardin of Madill said Wednesday that they are disappointed they were not included in discussions before the memorandum of understanding was signed Jan. 17, reaffirming the states' commitment to the Red River Compact and allowing the North Texas Municipal Water District to continue using a pump station on Lake Texoma.
Texas officials discovered last fall that the pump station was actually inside Oklahoma's border.
"The memorandum of understanding that was signed in January does not take into consideration the current drought we are experiencing," Roberts told The Journal Record. "The current water level is such in the lake that in the upcoming lake season, we are going to have unusable docks and ramps. It is going to be a hit to the regional economy around the lake," he said.