IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 4, 2007
Mr. Inhofe introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To provide for a feasibility study of alternatives to augment the water supplies of the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District and cities served by the District.
Central Oklahoma Master Conservatory District feasibility study
Congress finds that—
Thunderbird Lake, located on Little River in central Oklahoma, was constructed in 1965 by the Bureau of Reclamation for flood control, water supply, recreation, and fish and wildlife purposes;
the available yield of Thunderbird Lake is allocated to the Central Oklahoma Master Conservatory District, which supplies municipal and industrial water supplies to the cities of Norman, Midwest City, and Del City, Oklahoma; and
studies conducted by the Bureau during fiscal year 2003 indicate that the District will require additional water supplies to meet the future needs of the District, including through—
the drilling of additional wells;
the implementation of a seasonal pool plan at Thunderbird Lake;
the construction of terminal storage to hold wet-weather yield from Thunderbird Lake;
a reallocation of water storage; and
the importation of surplus water from sources outside the basin of Thunderbird Lake.
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation shall conduct a feasibility study of alternatives to augment the water supplies of the Central Oklahoma Master Conservatory District and cities served by the District, including recommendations of the Commissioner, if any.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation $300,000 to conduct the study under subsection (b).