Cheyenne, OK – Earlier this week, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) spoke on the House Floor about the importance of investing in watershed and flood control dam infrastructure. Oklahoma leads the nation with 2,107 upstream flood control dams constructed under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Watershed Program. The nation’s first upstream flood control dam- Cloud Creek Site Number 1- was built in 1948 in Washita County, Oklahoma. In 2000, Congressman Lucas’ Small Watershed Rehabilitation Amendments were signed into law, providing technical and financial assistance to rehabilitate watershed and flood control dams across the United States.
Cheyenne, OK – On Monday, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03), led by Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (MT), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jaime Pinkham to express serious concerns with the Biden Administration’s decision to remand the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) and reopen the definition of “waters of the United States.”
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