TULSA, Okla. (October 5, 2010) – Commissioner Karen Keith and Colonel Michael J. Teague are set to sign a cost sharing agreement that will solidify the federal government’s involvement in the Arkansas River Corridor Master Plan through the work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The document signing ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tulsa County Administration Building in the County Commission meeting room.
“No one wants to see progress on the river more than I do,” said Commissioner Keith. “While the Corps has helped us along the way, signing this agreement really sets us in motion by engaging the Army Corps to get more involved in the project and move toward implementing the master plan.”
“Tulsa County originally put the Arkansas River low water dam project on the Vision 2025 ballot as a countywide initiative. During the last three years the commissioners and others have performed preparatory work towards building the low water dams through contractors and the Corps of Engineers. The work has been in the area of environmental, wildlife assessment, hydrology and bank stabilization to name just a few,” said Commissioner Fred Perry. “We have also worked with our federal and state legislators and INCOG to obtain the funds for eventual construction of the dams. This action today is just one of the many steps in the process.”