"We started these discussions and negotiations five years ago knowing full well that science and data were going to have to drive the decisions that we make. It's not an exaggeration to say that we assembled the best and brightest scientists, engineers, modelers, hydrologists, with which to build the data and information that we needed to make decisions about the long term management of the water resources of Southeast Oklahoma. It was sound science, the best science that we could assemble that drove the decisions that we made."
Executive Director, Oklahoma Water Resources Board
"Tourism in our area is very important to us, and it's critical to our communities that we keep their economies alive by protecting the water they rely on. And for us to come together and make this a united front, I think is great for our tribal members, it's great for our communities and for our state."
Chief Gary Batton