OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has developed a website that allows the public to check water quality at Oklahoma lakes and rivers. It also provides educational information related to blue-green algae levels.
The website came about because of legislation (Senate Bill 259) Governor Mary Fallin signed. The legislation established the first statewide policy for response to outbreaks of toxic blue-green algae blooms in Oklahoma's recreational bodies of water.
The legislation takes steps to protect both public health and Oklahoma's rural economies that are dependent on tourism from the state's lakes and rivers.
"Oklahoma's more than 200 lakes and miles of rivers are recreational draws, but they are also complicated eco systems susceptible to environmental and weather conditions," said Deby Snodgrass, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. "This legislation provides Oklahoma with the foundation to deal in a safe and measured way with the increase in blue-green algae outbreaks."