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Oklahoma Water Resources Board Overview

The OWRB’s mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for Oklahomans by managing and improving the state’s water resources to ensure clean and reliable water supplies, a strong economy, and a safe and healthy environment.

Our primary duties and responsibilities on behalf of Oklahoma's citizens include water use appropriation and permitting, water quality monitoring and standards, financial assistance for water/wastewater systems, dam safety, floodplain management, water supply planning, technical studies and research, and water resource mapping.
• Resolve Oklahoma’s increasingly complex water issues through leadership, innovation, and sound science.
• Partner with citizens and other stakeholders in planning and balancing multifaceted, long-range water needs.
• Be the recognized experts in our field and known for our exemplary service to the public.
To protect and enhance the quality of life for Oklahomans by managing and improving the state’s water resources to ensure clean and reliable water supplies, a strong economy, and a safe and healthy environment.
Additional Culture Details
OWRB has a diverse employee based, including one of the most educated workforces in state government per capita. The number, type and diversity of degrees, including advanced degrees, is astounding, ranging from environmental science and hydrogeology to engineering and finance. Our agency has a strong culture of public and community service and employee wellness, and our employees regularly engage in charitable giving, community volunteering, and physical fitness activities.
Responsibility and Respect
All employees accept responsibility to incorporate the above values and behaviors, to complete work and duties assigned in a professional and timely manner, and to take the initiative to suggest and implement improvements in the way we do business. Employees are given responsibilities that best suit their abilities and talents considering the needs of the agency. By accepting assigned responsibilities, employees gain the respect of our customers, including our co-workers and Board members.
Seeking Stakeholder Involvement
We actively seek and value input from stakeholders, elected officials, business, non-profit, and government partners, staff and board members to assists in informing decisions and actions.
Delivery of Products, Services, and Solutions
We make our best effort to provide high quality, information, products, and services in the most cost efficient and timely manner. We are forward-thinking, embrace change, and encourage innovative and creative approaches to solving contemporary and future water issues.
Commitment to Professionalism and Ethics
We, the employees of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, dedicate ourselves to applying expertise and the highest vocational standards in formulating recommendations and making decisions. We will conduct our business in a fair, honest, and ethical manner.
Investment in Our People
We value and strive to maintain a diverse workforce at all levels of our organization. We support the enhancement and professional growth of employees by providing training and leadership opportunities, modern equipment and appropriate compensation.


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Company Snapshots

OWRB staff monitors Oklahoma's lakes and streams year round by taking water samples and examining biological data from wildlife.
As of October 6, 2020, the OWRB Financial Assistance Division has approved 2,313 loans and grants for a total of $4,734,125,707. These financing opportunities have saved Oklahoma communities an estimated $1,572,933,096 over conventional financing options.
The OWRB's Planning and Management Division oversees Oklahoma's Comprehensive Water Plan, water well drilling, and water use permitting, as well as hazard mitigation programs such as dam safety and floodplain management.
The OWRB is a proud member of a Strategic Partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and the Oklahoma Rural Water Association to significantly improve the management and infrastructure of Oklahoma's rural water and wastewater systems.