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Water Quality Division

Wetlands Working Group

As part of the 1990 Legislative directive to develop a wetland management strategy for Oklahoma a wetland working group was established. This working group met until the strategy - Oklahoma's Comprehensive Wetlands Conservation Plan - was completed in July 1996 and acknowledged by Gov. Frank Keating in May 1997.

This interagency working group, comprised of tribal, state, local and federal entities, continues to meet on a quarterly basis to coordinate efforts to conserve, enhance, and restore the quantity and biological diversity of Oklahoma's wetland resources by implementing the state plan.

The Oklahoma's Comprehensive Wetlands Conservation Plan promotes public and private cooperation in managing wetlands. The plan stresses the voluntary approach using education, technical assistance, and incentives to bring the private and public sectors in wetland management as willing partners.

Wetland Working Group meetings serve as a forum for information and technology sharing between groups within the wetlands arena. Coordination of wetland efforts in Oklahoma should further promote the protection and enhancement of Oklahoma's valuable wetland resources.

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