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9/30/2014
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Drought Update, Sept. 4

United States Army

Date: 9/4/2014 8:00:00 AM

DROUGHT UPDATE: As of Sept. 2, approximately 33 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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Preparing Independence: Corps provides emergency management exercise in Kansas

United States Army

Date: 8/28/2014 12:25:33 PM

TULSA - The Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilitated a table-top exercise for emergency managers at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Independence, Kan., Aug. 27. The Emergency Management Rehearsal of Concept Drill and Functional Exercise

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District’s Civil Works Mission

United States Army

Date: 8/26/2014 5:19:49 AM

Many people do not stop to consider the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a major command within the U.S. Army. What is unique to the Corps of Engineers is its civil works responsibilities and mission. Perhaps missions, plural, would be closer to the truth

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Tulsa District Regulatory Permits for Public Comment

United States Army

Date: 8/21/2014 5:00:00 PM

PURPOSE: The purpose of these public notices are to inform you of a proposal for work in which you might be interested and to solicit your comments and information to better enable us to make a reasonable decision on factors affecting the public interest

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2014 Interior Least Tern surveys complete

United States Army

Date: 8/19/2014 12:28:28 PM

The Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, completed its annual survey of an endangered bird on Oklahoma and Texas rivers recently. Tonya Dunn, a Tulsa District biologist, and Kevin Stubbs, a

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• Surface Area: 14,360 Acres
• Shoreline: 117 Miles
• 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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