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The Lower Illinois River (LIR), one of two trout rivers in Oklahoma, is in serious jeopardy! The LIR is the tailwater of L. Tenkiller near Gore, OK.
No water in L. Tenkiller has been allocated to the preservation of the ecosystem in the LIR. All water that flows into the LIR is borrowed.
If and when the borrowed water is no longer available, we will no doubt experience a fish kill and destruction of the fragile ecosystem in the LIR.
The LIR, as a recreational destination, is a critical part of the economy in Sequoyah Co., the surrounding communities and the state of Okla. So, when that event occurs, the recreational revenue that flows into the town of Gore, the surrounding communities and businesses along the way will also dry up. Action by State, USACE & SWPA representatives is needed NOW to find permanently allocated water designated specifically for a minimum flow of at least 50 cubic feet per second to make sure that this destruction of life in the LIR never happens.