February 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) sent a letter on Feb. 3 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Department of Energy Southwestern Power Administration (SWPA) requesting a briefing on the current water levels at Lake Texoma, the various demands on the water supply, and any mitigation and conservation steps the Corps and SWPA are taking to ensure all obligations can be met.
As a result of the letter, the Corps, SWPA, and Senator Inhofe's office are currently scheduling a briefing in early March.
The text of the letter is as follows:
Dear Commander Kula & Administrator Turner:
I am writing to you both to request a briefing with my staff in Oklahoma regarding elevation levels at Lake Texoma, no later than March 31, 2014.
As you are aware, Lake Texoma is experiencing low water levels due to extended drought conditions. This, combined with low water flow, evaporation, municipal water supply, and hydropower have brought the lake to such levels that the local economy is beginning to suffer. The communities, businesses, and citizens that surround Lake Texoma depend on the tourism the lake draws for their livelihoods and they are justifiably concerned about further drops in surface elevation. While levels are not so low as to prevent most recreational activities yet, news of the low levels and the strong likelihood levels will continue to drop are already having a negative impact.
In order to address this matter, I would like to request a joint briefing with my staff, the Corps of Engineers, and the Southwestern Power Administration (SWPA). The briefing should cover the realities of the current lake elevation, the various demands on the water supply, and any mitigation and conservation steps the Corps and SWPA are taking to ensure all obligations can be met.
James M. Inhofe
A copy of the official letter can be read by clicking here.