WASHINGTON, D.C. - S. 802, the Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act of 2011, authored by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today successfully passed out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Now, this legislation will be placed on the Senate calendar for further consideration by the full chamber.
"I am pleased that members of the committee supported my legislation to assist Oklahomans with the resources needed to recover from a devastating drought," said Inhofe. "This is another major step forward to ensure greater water supplies for the Oklahoma City community, including Norman, Midwest City, and Del City without costing taxpayers a dime. I encourage my Senate colleagues to support S. 802 to ensure the growing water demands of my home state are met."
S. 802 grants the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District (COMC) authority to import and store non-project water into Lake Thunderbird. Due to the increase of population in the Norman area, the additional water stored at Lake Thunderbird would help increase municipal and industrial supplies for cities including Norman, Midwest, and Del City.