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Employee Spotlight: Bucky Barnes

United States Army

Date: 2/20/2015 2:38:00 PM

Bucky Barnes is one of two maintenance workers at the Tenkiller Ferry Lake Project Office who ensure the facilities at Corps owned campsites and recreation areas operate safely and efficiently. Barnes grew up in Gore, Oklahoma and attended Gore High School

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Tulsa District Reservoir Drought Update - Feb. 12

United States Army

Date: 2/12/2015 11:33:00 AM

DROUGHT UPDATE: As of Feb. 10, approximately 29 percent of the lower 48 states remained in some level of drought. Tulsa District, which includes the Red River and Arkansas River watersheds, varied from normal conditions in some eastern areas to the

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SWT Drought Update: Feb. 6

United States Army

Date: 2/6/2015 2:07:00 PM

DROUGHT UPDATE: As of 27 January, approximately 28% of the lower 48 states remained in some level of drought. Our District, which includes the Red River and Arkansas River watersheds, varied from normal conditions in some eastern areas to the exceptional

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Kansas Area Manager receives de Fleury Medal

United States Army

Date: 1/29/2015 2:18:00 PM

TULSA – The commander of the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recognized the District’s Kansas Area Lake Manager for significant contributions to Army engineering recently. Col. Richard A. Pratt, Tulsa District Commander, presented the de

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Tulsa District conducts interstate tabletop exercise

United States Army

Date: 1/27/2015 1:24:00 PM

TULSA – The Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a table top functional exercise in Copan, Oklahoma, in partnership with emergency managers and first responders from nearby Kansas and Oklahoma municipalities. During the exercise, Tulsa

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• Length: 117 Miles
• Surface Area: 14,360 Acres
• Volume: 274,333 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 275 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 17 Feet
Sardis Lake is a reservoir in Pushmataha County and Latimer County in Oklahoma, US. The dam impounding the lake is located approximately 3 miles north of Clayton. The lake covers 14,360 acres with 117 miles of shoreline. The lake is an impoundment of Jackfork Creek, a tributary of the Kiamichi River.
The lake's normal pool elevation is 599 feet above sea level. Its storage capacity is 274,330 acre feet. At flood stage its elevation is 607 feet above sea level and its capacity rises to 396,900 acre feet.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, led by Donald Mahaffey, constructed the dam and lake between 1977 and 1982 under a contract with the state of Oklahoma for the purpose of selling water to municipalities and industrial customers in Oklahoma. Oklahoma agreed to make 50 annual payments and to pay the costs of operating the dam and lake. However, the state was unable to sell the water it needed to recover its costs, so the state discontinued payments to the federal government in 1997. The federal government sued the state for breach of contract and recovery of funds. The case wound its way through the courts and eventually Oklahoma lost the case when the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
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