Winter Wildlife on the Illinois River
While recreationists are away, wildlife will play!
Via our Statewide Freshwater Conservation Program, we focus on leveraging our freshwater expertise to fundamentally change how the state manages its water resources – bending the curve toward a blend of solutions that value the role nature plays in maintaining its own ecosystems, for the benefit of people and other species as well.
For example, we work to benefit the health of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer through collaboration, restoration, recharge, and protection. This exciting project involves various organizations working together to ensure the future of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer for nature and people.
Additionally, we've implemented aquatic monitoring plans at Oklahoma’s five primary preserves: Four Canyon, J.T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife, Tallgrass Prairie, Oka’Yanahli and Pontotoc Ridge. Via this program, we collect aquatic data on the biology, water quality, hydrology, geomorphology, and connectivity of water resources on the preserves. This data will be utilized to develop environmental flow recommendations for streams and rivers on the preserves.
The Statewide Freshwater Program is critical for a comprehensive approach to conservation and we look forward to utilizing the data collected to improve sustainability in our great state!