GRDA board approves cost increase for firm planning Illinois River white water park

The $585,000 change order to Denver, Colo.,-based engineering and design firm Merrick & Company, which was hired through a no-bid contract in 2018, is a more than 50 percent increase from the original $1.1 million contract to plan out a white water rafting park near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.
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Judge to decide fate of Kiamichi River, Sardis Lake water lawsuit

The attorney for the landowners asked that the judge sit by the river while considering the case, because “I think the river will have something to say.”
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Delaware County residents ask judge to stop water board from issuing short-term permits to poultry farm

The lawsuit alleges that OWRB’s issuance of multiple short-term groundwater permits since 2018 violated the plaintiffs’ rights.
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Politics, money and sewage: Sniffing out the story in Carlton Landing

When I first heard that wastewater from the town of Carlton Landing had somehow gotten into Lake Eufaula, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
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GRDA board approves $40,000 raise for CEO, votes to decommission plant’s coal-fired unit

The raise, which was voted on by the board after it was discussed in executive session, puts Sullivan’s annual salary at $330,000.
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Ardmore refinery sues chemical manufacturers for toxic ‘forever chemical’

The lawsuit accuses the companies of product liability for defective design, product liability for failure to warn, negligence, gross negligence, fraud and deceit, breach of warranties, unjust enrichment and violation of the Oklahoma Consumer Protection Act.
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Carlton Landing water board to consider hiring former DEQ attorney, accept loan from developer to pay fines

The agenda contained measures to accept a loan from the town's developer, consider a special assessment to customer bills to pay for an attorney, and to hire former DEQ attorney Rob Singletary.
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Oklahoma DEQ opens criminal inquiry after more water discharged from town’s sewer lagoons into Lake Eufaula

On Saturday, Carlton Landing’s water board met and passed a measure that would “not allow any further bypasses to occur” from the lagoon system, unless it was through the DEQ-authorized aeration system or by hauling the water out to an approved treatment facility.
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Construction projects halted as state DEQ issues second order against Carlton Landing’s water district

After revelations the town’s water district had pumped millions of gallons of water from its sewage lagoons onto U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land and into Lake Eufaula, records show progress on building projects the town requested on public land was ordered halted.
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Records: Town’s water district dumped millions of gallons of water from sewer lagoons into Lake Eufaula

Carlton Landing’s water district was fined and placed under a consent order by the Oklahoma DEQ after it failed to complete the requirements of a separate consent order, issued after repeated violations, an investigation by The Frontier found.
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