Water Quality Division
WQ Priority Watershed Projects
Spavinaw / Beaty Creek Watershed Implementation Project 2003-2008
Due to the success of the nearby Beaty Creek watershed project, there was tremendous landowner interest in the Spavinaw Creek Project. Popular BMPs selected by cooperators included wells, watering facilities, cross fencing, and waste storage buildings.
The Spavinaw Creek Watershed comprises 200 square miles located in the poultry and cattle producing area of northeastern Oklahoma. It is a subwatershed of the Lake Eucha Watershed. The cities of Tulsa and Jay, Oklahoma depend on Lake Eucha to supply approximately 400,000 people with drinking water and high quality recreational areas.
Water Quality Problems
Excess nutrients and riparian degradation have been identified as the main causes of water quality impairment in the watershed. Lake Spavinaw is listed on the 2002 303(d) List of Impaired Waters as impaired by phosphorous and dissolved oxygen.
Purpose of Project
The project initiated a watershed scale effort, aimed at landowners, to reduce nonpoint source loading to Spavinaw Creek from private land by helping landowners implement best management practices that reduced polluted runoff flowing from land into into the creeks.
- U.S. Environ. Protection Agency
- Office of the Secretary of the Environ.
- U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/NRCS
- Delaware Co. Conservation District
- Delaware Co. Cooperative Extension
- OK Dept. of Wildlife
- OK Dept. of Ag., Food and Forestry
- OSU Cooperative Extension Service
- OSU Agricultural Experiment Station
- OK Water Resources Board
- Benton Co., AR Conservation District
- Washington Co. Conservation District
- Arkansas Cooperative Extension
- City of Tulsa
- Kansas Public School, Tulsa