Local & Regional
Thu March 18, 2010
By Associated Press
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. in top 5 for cutting water pollution
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Conservation officials say Oklahoma ranks among the top five states in reducing contamination of its streams and rivers.
Clay Pope of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts said Wednesday the ranking is due to voluntary programs in which farmers and ranchers cut erosion of their land.
Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency released the findings of an analysis of nutrient and sediment reduction across the nation.
It shows that in 2009, Oklahoma accounted for more than 10 percent of nitrogen reduction from water nationwide. It also shows that of national reductions of phosphorous in water, more than 16 percent of the reductions occurred in Oklahoma.
Pope says the figures show farmers and ranchers are working to protect the state's natural resources.