Petitioning US President Barack Obama and 19 others

Amend federal laws, such as Public Law 100-71, or enact other federal legislation to add drought control and conservation to federal reservoir project purposes.

Urgent action is required to protect and conserve water resources in Oklahoma and Texas during the ongoing multi year drought spanning to date 2011 – 2014.  Federal laws must be updated / changed to accommodate the continually reduced levels on federally owned water reservoirs by providing effective and preemptive natural and manmade drought controls,management and conservation to address modern and future conditions. 

Current laws that govern these federally owned lakes were written more than 70 years ago primarily for flood control during a time that did not consider major population increases and economic development. The laws are outdated and do nothing to preserve water for current or future generations, especially during ongoing periods of drought.  

While “Green Energy” is the latest initiative by the federal government to save the Earth’s environment, the use of water renewability must be balanced with climate conditions when determining the extent of water usage to generate power.  Using scarce water to generate electricity, during severe droughts, when there are better alternatives, such as plentiful and clean-burning natural gas, is an irresponsible use of natural resources. 

Amend federal laws, such as Public Law 100-71, or enact other federal legislation to add drought control and conservation to federal reservoir project purposes.  Project policy should include the implementation of more effective drought control, management and water conservation safeguards such as reservoir capacity, supply/demand pricing and lake elevations on federally owned water reservoirs in Oklahoma and Texas. Sustainable water resources must be one of the national and regional priorities particularly in serious drought conditions.  

Letter to
US President Barack Obama
US Senator John Cornyn - Texas
US Senator Ted Cruz - Texas
and 17 others
US Representative Ralph Hall - Texas
Texas State Senator Craig Estes
Texas State Representative Larry Phillips
Oklahoma State Governor Mary Fallin
Other Federal and State Officials
US Representative Mac Thornberry - Texas
Oklahoma State Senator Frank Simpson
Oklahoma State Representative Charles McCall
Texas State Governor Rick Perry
US Senator Thomas Coburn - Oklahoma
US Senator James Inhofe - Oklahoma
US Representative Thomas Cole - Oklahoma
US Representative Markwayne Mullin - Oklahoma
Oklahoma State Senator Josh Brecheen
Oklahoma State Representative Tommy Hardin
Oklahoma State Representative Dustin Roberts
US Representative Drew Springer - Texas
Amend federal laws, such as Public Law 100-71, or enact other federal legislation to add drought control and conservation to federal reservoir project purposes.