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Oklahoma Cattlemen Hosting Meeting Tonight on TMDL Ruling in Southern Oklahoma Blaming Cattle for Elevated Bacterial Levels

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:23:02 CST

Oklahoma Cattlemen Hosting Meeting Tonight on TMDL Ruling in Southern Oklahoma Blaming Cattle for Elevated Bacterial Levels The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) will host a meeting TONIGHT, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Wapanucka Public School Cafeteria, to discuss a Public Notice issued by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality that directly affects cattle producers in the counties of Bryan, Coal, western Atoka, eastern Johnston, southern Hughes, and southwestern Pittsburg.

Specifically, the area covered in the notice is: Blue, Muddy Boggy and Clear Boggy watersheds in south central Oklahoma. The Public Notice issued on December 22, is entitled "The Availability of Draft Bacterial TMDLs for the Lower Red River Study Area" and suggests that cattle are the primary cause for elevated bacterial levels within the sampled watershed. The Public Notice can be found on the web by clicking here..

"OCA disagrees with the conclusions of this notice. Beyond deer, the report does not consider wildlife such as feral swine, birds or small mammals. It does not consider the drought conditions of the past several years. There is also question regarding other sampling techniques that should be clarified before blame is assigned," Kelsey said.

According to Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of the OCA, all area cattle producers are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn about the details of the report and the importance of submitting comments. The deadline to submit comments is, Thursday, Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m.

Supper will be provided just before the discussion begins. To help with food preparation, please RSVP by calling the OCA office at 405.235.4391.



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