Foss board acts to get more water

Whether it was the recent rains or something else, everybody seemed in a lot better mood at Monday night’s May meeting of the Foss Reservoir Master Conservancy District board of directors.

“We’ve gained six months in the lake with the rains,” said Duane Smith, former executive director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board who’s now a consultant to the Foss board, among others.

“This has given us six months we need to take advantage of.”

The board seemed to agree. It not only approved a $675,000 plan to move more water from the lake to the treatment plant on the other side of the dam, it also endorsed a three-man committee appointed by Chairman David Berrong to investigate further the possibility of getting groundwater from a well owned by County Commissioner Lyle Miller. Berrong, of Clinton, appointed himself, board Secretary Larry Perkey of Hobart, and Steve McLaughlin of Cordell to the committee, which will reexamine not only the possibility but also the advisability of leasing water rights from Miller and report back to the full board.

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