Growing up in Washington State, water supply was never an issue. I lived thirty miles from the Columbia River, which supplies much of the state with drinking, irrigation and other water needs. My community is known as one of the most agriculturally productive areas in the world because of irrigation. Without water, it would be a dry desert where the only crop would be sage brush.
When I moved to Oklahoma, I was curious to learn about the long-term battle caused by water. I had always assumed that Oklahoma did not really have any water, except on the few occasions when it rained. I was shocked to learn that the water in southeastern Oklahoma could supply the entire state and then some. One of the bodies of water in this battle is the Blue River. It trickles quietly through Johnston County and supplies the city of Durant with much of their water.
In today’s video blog, we take a look at two groups that have come together to preserve and promote water quality and conservation. Their hope is to have water for future generations.
I’ve been talking with the folks at Chickasaw Country and the Chickasaw.TV folks and just want you to know they’ve been working especially hard on making sure you know about all the possibilities for travel, entertainment and culture around the central, south and southeast areas of Oklahoma.
Check out their website and explore all the amazing opportunities right here in our beautiful state.
And finally (well, for now anyway…), I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine. Her name is Brooke Clay and her job is to write about all the unique opportunities within the scope of what she does in and around Chickasaw Country. Brooke will be creating entries periodically about all things Chickasaw and I would encourage you to check in from time to time and see what she’s been up to…or eating, or listening to…or something! Thanks, too, to Lauren Keeley with Chickasaw TV for all the effort she and other team members have made in creating these beautiful pieces. They’re the folks who featured the Chincie Ross piece we covered a few weeks ago.
That video is probably just two minutes long, but commands such respect. And I’m so glad I have Chincie as a role model.
On February 13th, I’ll be making my first TV appearance on “Oklahoma Live” to talk about the Red Dirt Chronicles, some of the projects our contributors are working on, and answer questions about the blog. I’m slightly nervous about this opportunity.
But maybe not as much as I was before I just saw Chincie. If she can make that beautiful video over something so historic, I should at least be able to sit with a hostess and talk shop for a few minutes.
Thank you, Chincie, for showing me the way right when I needed it.
And, bless you Code Talkers, for helping our nation at such a critical time.