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Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

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Arkansas flag Arkansas water plans

As of June 2011, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission was just starting to update the state’s two-decades-old water plan. Additional information is located at:Arkansas water plans exit EPA

Interactive Arkansas drought map can be found here exit EPA

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At this time, Louisiana does not have a comprehensive water resources plan or a lead water resources agency. Instead, responsibility for water resources is shared among numerous agencies including the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH), and Department of Agriculture and Forests (DAF). State of Louisiana summary of state planning information is located at this site. exit EPA

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The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission are required to undertake a review of the New Mexico State Water Plan every five years and to subsequently update the plan as needed. A 2008 review presents a proposed work program for conducting the update in 2009. It is the result of a collaborative exercise, which engaged staff from the Office of the State Engineer, Interstate Stream Commission, and other state agencies with water-related responsibilities, as well as public stakeholders in reviewing the 2003 New Mexico State Water Plan. Details are available at:
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The 2012 Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP) Update, a 5-year effort conducted by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, is nearing completion. During the final year of development, and prior to formal submittal to the Governor and State Legislature in February 2012, the OWRB and its planning partners will continue to solicit important input from stakeholders, citizens and others with a vested interest in the future of Oklahoma’s water resources. Information is available at:
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Status of Oklahoma lake and river levels can be found here:
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Status of Oklahoma drought issues can be found here:
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The 2012 Texas State Water Plan is available on the Texas Water Development Board website at: TWDB Site exit EPA

If you are interested in greater detail, you can find specifics in the individual regional water plans that are the basis for the State Water Plan. The regional plans can be found at: TWDB regional plans exit EPA

Status of lake levels in Texas can be found here:
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North Texas Drought Information from NOAA exit EPA

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to 23 million Texas customers - representing 85 percent of the state's electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects 40,500 miles of transmission lines and more than 550 generation units. ERCOT's Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy for ERCOT Region Winter 2011-2012 Draft 1 - Released December 1, 2011 can be found at:
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