The Oka' Institute

The Oka' Institute Creating practical water solutions both locally and globally, driven by research and directed by data.

The Oka' Institute's mission is to address Oklahoma's water resource needs through sustainable water resource management strategies that address real world demands. This includes a commitment to public and professional education, a recognition of the economic development opportunities and implications of water resources, and to the creation of scientifically defensible and equitable, best practices for water resource management. The Oka' Institute follows East Central University's hours of operation.

Oka' and friends were hanging out at John Moody's place with Dr. Barney Austin, learning about measuring water velocity ...
06/26/2019

Oka' and friends were hanging out at John Moody's place with Dr. Barney Austin, learning about measuring water velocity and quality. #okasummerfun #draustin #learn

You won't want to miss this!! Oka’ Institute will host internationally recognized guest speaker Dr. Barney Austin, pre...
06/21/2019

You won't want to miss this!!
Oka’ Institute will host internationally recognized guest speaker Dr. Barney Austin, president and CEO of Aqua Strategies Inc., known for his expertise in hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources planning.

The public lecture will be held on June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center on the ECU campus.
#watermanagment #draustin #solutions

#savethedate #2019sustasustainabilityconference
06/17/2019

#savethedate #2019sustasustainabilityconference

06/11/2019
The Oka' Institute's cover photo
06/11/2019

The Oka' Institute's cover photo

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06/06/2019

The Oka' Institute

06/04/2019

It's summertime and we have new hours!! Post below and tell us how you plan on spending your summer. #summertimeatOka ⛱🏝☀️

#getoutthereandgofishing #haveagreatweekend #oka
06/01/2019

#getoutthereandgofishing #haveagreatweekend #oka

An article from 2014 on Oklahoma’s four year drought. #reflectingonthepast #thankfulforrainhttps://www.npr.org/2014/05...
05/06/2019
As Oklahoma Drought Continues, Farmers Prepare For Losses

An article from 2014 on Oklahoma’s four year drought. #reflectingonthepast #thankfulforrain
https://www.npr.org/2014/05/29/317127124/as-oklahoma-drought-continues-farmers-prepare-for-losses

As Oklahoma enters its fourth year of sustained drought, some farmers expect the harvest to be so bad they'll end up calling their insurance agents and declaring this year a total loss. StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports that some are calling this the worst drought since the '50s — or even s...

16th Annual Ada Water Fest to be hosted by ECU's Oka' Institute on Thursday, April 25
04/17/2019
16th Annual Ada Water Fest to be hosted by ECU's Oka' Institute on Thursday, April 25

16th Annual Ada Water Fest to be hosted by ECU's Oka' Institute on Thursday, April 25

Promoting awareness and responsible water practices, East Central University's Oka' Institute will host the 16th Annual Ada Water Fest on Thursday, April 25, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on ECU's Centennial Plaza. Nearly 500 fifth graders from all school d...

*Reminder* The application due date( 4-30-2019) is fast approaching for the 2019 Summer Research Opportunity. Visit our ...
04/16/2019

*Reminder* The application due date( 4-30-2019) is fast approaching for the 2019 Summer Research Opportunity. Visit our website at okainstitute.org for details!

Photo courtesy of Carol Becker with USGS.

04/11/2019
Our Thirsty World | National Geographic

Less than 3% of the earth’s water of fresh and only three-tenths of a percent is available for human use. THIS IS ALL WE WILL EVER HAVE.
#ourthirstyworld #beaware #happywaterwednesday
https://youtu.be/2pXuAw1bSQo

Did you know that only 1% of Earth's water is fresh and available for consumption? Fresh water is the world's most essential natural resource, but it's also ...

Applications are now open for the 2019 summer research opportunity visit our website at okainstitute.org for details!Pho...
04/05/2019

Applications are now open for the 2019 summer research opportunity visit our website at okainstitute.org for details!

Photo courtesy of Dr. Leah Dudley, 2018 Oka' Summer Researcher

Happy #WaterWednesday! Check out this amazing photo Carol Becker with USGS captured during March of 2018 in a nearby cou...
03/27/2019

Happy #WaterWednesday! Check out this amazing photo Carol Becker with USGS captured during March of 2018 in a nearby county!

The Oka’ Institute will be closed for Spring Break March 18, 2019 through March 22, 2019 . We will re-open for normal ...
03/15/2019

The Oka’ Institute will be closed for Spring Break March 18, 2019 through March 22, 2019 . We will re-open for normal business hours on Monday, March 25, 2019. #OkaECU #SpringBreak

It’s a beautiful day to be at #ByrdsMillSpring collecting water samples! #OkaECU #CityofAda
02/15/2019

It’s a beautiful day to be at #ByrdsMillSpring collecting water samples! #OkaECU #CityofAda

The Oka' Institute was pleased to be a part of the LAWA Pasture and Habitat Workshop! Check out these pictures from last...
01/25/2019

The Oka' Institute was pleased to be a part of the LAWA Pasture and Habitat Workshop! Check out these pictures from last night's excellent event! Left: Speaker Jim Johnson and his daughter, Oka' Intern Shelby. Top Right: ECU student Chloe Holman at the Oka' Institute exhibit table. Middle and Bottom Right: Speakers Russel Stevensand Leah Lowe.

The Oka’ Institute recently met with representatives from TWC—an Australian company that has developed bioremediatio...
01/16/2019

The Oka’ Institute recently met with representatives from TWC—an Australian company that has developed bioremediation technology to treat water. More information regarding TWC can be found at http://twc-services.co.uk/ #OkaECU #WaterWednesday

Research intern Garrett Fulks takes a #water sample and measures baseline characteristics at Byrds Mill Spring. #WaterWe...
01/09/2019

Research intern Garrett Fulks takes a #water sample and measures baseline characteristics at Byrds Mill Spring. #WaterWednesday #OkaECU

Register now for the Pasture and Habitat Workshop!  RSVP to Sandra Stevenson at sstevnsn@ecok.edu or 580.559.5151.
01/08/2019

Register now for the Pasture and Habitat Workshop! RSVP to Sandra Stevenson at [email protected] or 580.559.5151.

Save the date for the Pasture and Habitat Workshop, January 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Murray County Expo Center in Su...
01/03/2019

Save the date for the Pasture and Habitat Workshop, January 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Murray County Expo Center in Sulphur! More details coming soon! #OkaECU #WaterConservation #Water

The Oka' Institute wishes you a Happy Holiday Season! #OkaECU
12/25/2018

The Oka' Institute wishes you a Happy Holiday Season! #OkaECU

The Oka’ Institute will be closed December 20, 2018-January 2, 2019. The office will re-open with normal business hour...
12/19/2018

The Oka’ Institute will be closed December 20, 2018-January 2, 2019. The office will re-open with normal business hours on January 3. Happy Holidays! #OkaECU

It’s #WaterWednesday! Did you know:-The average bathtub in the United States uses 70 gallons of water to fill-Washing ...
12/19/2018

It’s #WaterWednesday! Did you know:
-The average bathtub in the United States uses 70 gallons of water to fill
-Washing machines can use up to 40 gallons of water per load
-Flushing the toilet uses 3.5 gallons per flush
But you can reduce your #water footprint by taking showers instead of baths and installing low-flow showerheads, using front loading washing machines, and retrofitting your toilet tank.
To read more: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-conservation-tips/

The Oka’ Institute’s Supervisor of Field Research, Kevin Blackwood, recently presented his research about mapping th...
12/13/2018

The Oka’ Institute’s Supervisor of Field Research, Kevin Blackwood, recently presented his research about mapping the upper plumbing systems of geysers in Yellowstone National Park at both the Geological Society of America conference in Indianapolis and at Texas HydroGeo Workshop. #Water Wednesday #OkaECU

At last week’s Governor’s Water Conference, @Dr. Sewell spoke about groundwater availability and the LS-ASR project ...
12/12/2018

At last week’s Governor’s Water Conference, @Dr. Sewell spoke about groundwater availability and the LS-ASR project The Oka’ Institute is partnering on with the City of Ada. #WaterWednesday #OkaECU #GovernorsWaterConference

Our Executive Director, Susan Paddack presented at the Governor’s Water Conference last week. “Collaboration is at t...
12/10/2018

Our Executive Director, Susan Paddack presented at the Governor’s Water Conference last week. “Collaboration is at the core of all we do,” she said, and called the attendees to work together for a sustainable future. #Water #OkaECU #GovernorsWaterConference

At the Governor's Water Conference again today! From left to right: Garrett Fulks, Susan Paddack, Sandra Stevenson, Dr. ...
12/06/2018

At the Governor's Water Conference again today! From left to right: Garrett Fulks, Susan Paddack, Sandra Stevenson, Dr. Guy Sewell. #OkaECU

The Oka' Institute is at The Governor's Water Conference today! If you're there, stop in and see Sandra in the exhibit a...
12/05/2018

The Oka' Institute is at The Governor's Water Conference today! If you're there, stop in and see Sandra in the exhibit area! Leave her your business card for a changce to win a prize!

The Oka’ Institute would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
11/20/2018

The Oka’ Institute would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Oka’ Institute will be closed Thursday and Friday, October 18-19, for Fall Break. We will resume normal business h...
10/17/2018

The Oka’ Institute will be closed Thursday and Friday, October 18-19, for Fall Break. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, October 22, 2018.

The Oka' Institute's cover photo
10/11/2018

The Oka' Institute's cover photo

Oka’ Institute Research Professors Dr. Christine Pappas and Dr. Terrie Becerra, along with Student Researchers Mychal ...
09/26/2018

Oka’ Institute Research Professors Dr. Christine Pappas and Dr. Terrie Becerra, along with Student Researchers Mychal Barnett and Lillyan Palmer, explored the role of water as a cultural resource among Federally Recognized Tribes in Oklahoma. Researchers will deliver details at the #Sustainability Conference. #OkaECU #WaterWednesday

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