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The  Lower  Illinois  River's  flow  is  in  serious  jeopardy ! 


Please copy the text below and email it to the email addresses below as well as to your
appropriate representatives and senators.

The Lower Illinois River, one of two trout rivers in Oklahoma, is in serious jeopardy!
The Lower Illinois River is the tail water that flows from Lake Tenkiller near the town of
Gore, OK.   None of the water in Lake Tenkiller has been allocated to the preservation of the 
ecosystem in the Lower Illinois River. At present time, any water that flows into the Lower
Illinois River is borrowed water.
Someday, in the not so distant future, that borrowed water will not be available. When and if
that event happens, we will no doubt experience a fish kill and the destruction of the fragile
ecosystem in the Lower Illinois River. We know this, because this has happened in the past.
The Lower Illinois River, as a recreational destination, is a critical part of the economy in
Sequoyah County, the surrounding communities and the state of Oklahoma. So, when that
event occurs, the recreational revenue that flows into the town of Gore and the surrounding
communities and businesses along the way will also dry up. Gasoline purchases, Toll Road
fees, Bait and Tackle and Restaurant dining dollars that are spent by fishermen, campers,
boaters and outdoor enthusiasts will be spent elsewhere. Probably not even in the State of
Oklahoma.
Action, on your part and on the part of your colleagues, needs to take place, NOW, to find and
permanently secure water designated specifically for a minimum flow of at least 50 cubic feet
per second. (100 cfs would be better.) Without this action, we will experience dead fish in the
Lower Illinois River and the possible destruction of the Lower Illinois River ecosystem. Now is
the time for you to gather the right people within your department, the USACE and South
Western Power Administration to come together and determine a final solution to make sure
that this destruction of plant and animal life in the Lower Illinois River never happens.

Michael Teague - Okla. Secretary of Energy & Environment 
Phone: (405)-522-7099            Email:  ee@ee.ok.gov

J. D. Strong - Director, Okla. Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
Phone : (405)-522-6279          Email:   jd.strong@odwc.ok.gov

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Copy/Paste this condensed version to fit the message box in Gov. Fallin's email:    Click here

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.