State environmental agencies in Oklahoma and Arkansas on Wednesday announced the completion of an agreement to address water quality concerns in the Illinois River.
The agreement — signed by Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission — “charts a path forward on science-based regulatory actions and permitting, and that jointly commits the parties to collaborative efforts in developing a watershed improvement plan,” according to a news release.
The deal also includes a commitment to making data about water quality improvements more readily available, the release said.
“(Arkansas) Governor Asa Hutchinson and I have worked together on many issues, and I’m proud that our agencies have taken on this challenge and developed such a collaborative solution,” Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement. “Recognizing the value of our water resources, we should all be working together to improve the beauty and quality of the Illinois River.”