How is climate change affecting Oklahoma’s environment, ecology and economy? It’s a controversial issue, and regardless of where you stand on it, the long-term forecasts are clear: The next 50 years are expected be hotter and dryer in Oklahoma, straining water supplies and stifling agriculture — unless we adapt.
StateImpact has assembled a panel of experts to answer our questions and make sure yours get answered, too, at a free public forum at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at Picasso Cafe in Oklahoma City.
Is Oklahoma Prepared for a Changing Climate?
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Date: April 30, 2014
Place: Picasso Cafe
3009 Paseo St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
As StateImpact has reported, scientists and researchers are working with farmers and ranchers to grow drought resistant crops, maintain livestock herds more efficiently, and ensure there’s enough water for both irrigation and expanding populations in western Oklahoma.
Clay Pope, executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, which focuses on the maintenance and rehabilitation of flood control structures in watersheds across the state, and partners with organizations and landowners to keep water clean.
OSU professor and director of the university’s Water Research and Extension Center, Dr. David Engle, brings his expertise to the panel as well. Engle’s research includes the development of technologies and techniques to protect Oklahoma’s landscape from being damaged by farming and ranching, population growth, and invasive species.