River Development Discussed In Jenks - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

River Development Discussed In Jenks

Posted: Updated:
Elected officials and engineers addressed a crowd at Jenks City hall, offering a presentation as complicated as the project they are undertaking. Elected officials and engineers addressed a crowd at Jenks City hall, offering a presentation as complicated as the project they are undertaking.
"It's pain-staking, but it's absolutely essential and it's important because we do want this to be a healthy river," said Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith. "It's pain-staking, but it's absolutely essential and it's important because we do want this to be a healthy river," said Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith.
If the project remains on schedule, work on the dams is expected to begin in 2011, and they should be finished by 2014. If the project remains on schedule, work on the dams is expected to begin in 2011, and they should be finished by 2014.

By Chris Wright, The News On 6

JENKS, OK -- Those behind a project intended to revolutionize the Arkansas River offered an update on its progress on Wednesday evening.  As part of Vision 2025, three low water dams will be built to encourage river development.

Officials stress they are still in the initial stages of the $85 million project and it will be years before the Arkansas River reaches its full potential.

Elected officials and engineers addressed a crowd at Jenks City hall, offering a presentation as complicated as the project they are undertaking.

09/15/2009 Related Story: Meetings Planned On Arkansas River Master Plan

"There are lots of hurdles when doing river development in dealing with environmental issues. So, we're being very careful as we move forward.  It's a very intricate process," said Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith.

That process will eventually involve creating three low water dams on the Arkansas.   Two new ones will be built, one in Sand Springs and the other near Jenks.

The Zinc Dam in Tulsa will be renovated.

The idea is to improve the water quality and environment on the Arkansas, and private development will take it from there. 

Those involved say the project is on schedule.

"It is, it is. We're just hoping for more federal funding to keep the project on track," said engineer Murry Fleming.

The funding he's referring to is $50 million from the government.  That money has been approved for the project, but not yet allocated.

There are also a countless number of environmental, air and water quality studies that need to be performed before any work is done.  But, officials say once those are completed, and the construction on the dams begins, the Arkansas will be well on its way to rehabilitation.

"It's pain-staking, but it's absolutely essential and it's important because we do want this to be a healthy river," said Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith.

If the project remains on schedule, work on the dams is expected to begin in 2011, and they should be finished by 2014.

           

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.