The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 27, 2013

Canton Lake Association public meeting tonight

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Canton Lake Association will provide an update on the lake situation during a public meeting at 6:30 tonight.

The meeting will be at Canton Elementary School gymnasium, said CLA member Candace Cline.

Those attending will discuss solutions to preserve Canton Lake water levels, recreation and western Oklahoma streams and groundwater.

Oklahoma City, which owns the water rights to the lake, took 30,000 acre-feet of water from the later earlier this year  to meet demands for drinking water. The loss of the water, coupled with the two-year drought, put the lake at dangerously low levels, CLA members have said.

Legislators, including state Sen. Bryce Marlatt and Rep. Mike Sanders, board members and representatives from Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy and others from various state, federal and tribal agencies will participate.

Additionally, a representative from Northwest Oklahoma Alliance (NwOA), a group composed of municipalities, businesses and organizations, will speak on a northwest Oklahoma water plan. Discussion and ideas from the public will be encouraged.

“Devastating actions have compounded Canton Lake’s present condition,” said Tom Adams, CLA board member. “One issue for the patrons of Canton Lake and the CLA is northwest Oklahoma citizens were left out of the process in the lake’s current federal water storage contract and the state water permit, both of which exist in perpetuity.

Canton residents and CLA members plan to have the popular Canton Walleye Rodeo, a major event each summer with some added events. Members of the association recently extended a boat dock further into the lake, to permit launching of small boats.