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.

01/04/2020
Congratulations  to Dr. Ann Keeley, Oka' Advisory Council and research subcommittee member.
12/24/2019
Ada scientist recognized as Oklahoma Water Pioneer

Congratulations to Dr. Ann Keeley, Oka' Advisory Council and research subcommittee member.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Area citizen and scientist Dr. Ann Keeley was recognized recently by Gov. J. Kevin Stitt as an Oklahoma Water Pioneer at the 40th annual Oklahoma Governor's Water

12/19/2019
Now is the time to care about our water resources. #takeaction #takeclasses #ECU
12/18/2019

Now is the time to care about our water resources. #takeaction #takeclasses #ECU

Interested in enrolling? It's not too late for spring! Go to www.ecok.edu/wrpm for more information. Autumn Lynne Gorrell

Dr. Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research from Michigan State University speaks at a luncheon on the final day...
12/08/2019

Dr. Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research from Michigan State University speaks at a luncheon on the final day of the Governors Water Conference last week. She spoke about the advancements in technology for testing water for pollutants and the importance of having clean water.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt speaking at the Oklahoma Governors Water Conference says, his administration is working wi...
12/08/2019

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt speaking at the Oklahoma Governors Water Conference says, his administration is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to boost infrastructure that will help reduce problems caused by flood conditions.

Dr. Ann Keeley.  who is the Deputy Division Directorof the EPA National, Risk Management Research Lab accepts The Oklaho...
12/08/2019

Dr. Ann Keeley.
who is the Deputy Division Director
of the EPA National, Risk Management Research Lab accepts The Oklahoma Water Pioneer Award at Governor's Water Conference last week. Dr. Keeley also serves as an advisory council board member for Oka'

Oka” is at the Oklahoma Governor”s Water Conference and Research Symposium today, where water means business!
12/05/2019

Oka” is at the Oklahoma Governor”s Water Conference and Research Symposium today, where water means business!

❤️ https://www.wasbst.com/2019/11/25/kenya-installs-the-first-solar-plant-that-transforms-ocean-water-into-drinking-wate...
11/27/2019
Kenya Installs The First Solar Plant That Transforms Ocean Water Into Drinking Water, And It Could Be The Solution To The Global Lack of Water - Video - WASBST

❤️ https://www.wasbst.com/2019/11/25/kenya-installs-the-first-solar-plant-that-transforms-ocean-water-into-drinking-water-video/

Approximately 2.2 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water facilities. This is happening on a planet covered by that essential element for life by 71 percent. What seems like a contradiction can be the key challenge for humanity’s future: how can we turn the oceans ‘ se...

11/14/2019
Soil Health Workshop

Digging up underwear that has been buried for about 6 weeks to get an indication of soil health.

The road to soil health is a journey, Get on the bus! #soilisimportanttowatersustainability
11/14/2019

The road to soil health is a journey, Get on the bus! #soilisimportanttowatersustainability

That is one big ol chunk of dirt! #soilhealthworkshop #Okaandnobleresearch #teamingupforsoilhealth
11/14/2019

That is one big ol chunk of dirt! #soilhealthworkshop #Okaandnobleresearch #teamingupforsoilhealth

Seriously!   #soilhealth #preserveourlandandwater
11/14/2019

Seriously! #soilhealth #preserveourlandandwater

Learning about soil health is fun!
11/14/2019

Learning about soil health is fun!

Bruce Reynolds talks about resetting plant succession.
11/14/2019

Bruce Reynolds talks about resetting plant succession.

Have you soiled your underwear? Ok, so it turns out that if you bury white cotton underwear it can be an indicator of ho...
11/14/2019

Have you soiled your underwear? Ok, so it turns out that if you bury white cotton underwear it can be an indicator of how healthy your soil is. Who knew? #thethingsyoulearnatworkshop #soilhealth #okabestjobever

Time for the group to head out to Bruce Reynolds ranch to see what he has done to improve his rangeland and forage condi...
11/14/2019

Time for the group to head out to Bruce Reynolds ranch to see what he has done to improve his rangeland and forage conditions.

Give us your feedback on a question posed at the soil health workshop. As a mentor farmer rancher, what do you wish you ...
11/14/2019

Give us your feedback on a question posed at the soil health workshop. As a mentor farmer rancher, what do you wish you would have known when you began the journey of soil health that you know so clearly now? #discussiongroups

SARE Soil Health Workshop. We heard from Tom Cannon a mentor farmer and Rancher who is paving the way in soil health. We...
11/14/2019

SARE Soil Health Workshop. We heard from Tom Cannon a mentor farmer and Rancher who is paving the way in soil health. We also heard from Susan Bergen and had a great discussion on how farms can begin the soil health journey. Oka' was proud to be a part of this workshop because healthy soil leads us to better water sustainability.

#soilhealthselfie #educationalworkshop
11/14/2019

#soilhealthselfie #educationalworkshop

Oklahoma Conservation Commission
11/07/2019

Oklahoma Conservation Commission

At the Area IV Meeting in Fort Cobb, Susan Paddack, Executive Director of Oka’ the Water Institute at East Central University, is speaking on Leading with Purpose. The presentation covers director recruitment, roles, and keys to effectiveness and many other topics. This presentation includes excellent group discussions.

Oklahoma Conservation Commission
11/07/2019

Oklahoma Conservation Commission

Also at the Area IV Meeting in Fort Cobb, participants are discussing Can Do Conservation, a lightning round session for sharing ideas and learning from each other.

Oklahoma Conservation Commission
11/07/2019

Oklahoma Conservation Commission

Sarah Blaney, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and producer Bruce Reynolds shared information on pollinators.

Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission Tre Lamb, gives an OCC update at the Area IV Meeting.
11/07/2019

Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission Tre Lamb, gives an OCC update at the Area IV Meeting.

Trey Lam, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, provided an OCC Update with a budget update and staffing successes at the Area IV Meeting.

Area II Meeting in Oklahoma City, Susan Paddack, Executive Director of Oka’ the Water Institute at East Central Universi...
11/05/2019

Area II Meeting in Oklahoma City, Susan Paddack, Executive Director of Oka’ the Water Institute at East Central University, is speaking on Leading with Purpose.

At the Area II Meeting in Oklahoma City, Susan Paddack, Executive Director of Oka’ the Water Institute at East Central University, is speaking on Leading with Purpose. The presentation covers director recruitment, roles, and keys to effectiveness and many other topics. This presentation includes excellent group discussions.

Hundreds attend ECU's first-ever AgFest
10/24/2019
Hundreds attend ECU's first-ever AgFest

Hundreds attend ECU's first-ever AgFest

Dr. Eric Howard, Environmental Science instructor at ECU, demonstrates a Geographical Information System to ECU Human Development, Hospitality and Food Service instructor Jan Long at the University's first-ever AgFest event Wednesday, Oct. 23. Long's H...

10/24/2019
OCAST on Twitter

In a story in The Oklahoman Jim Stafford writes
"The conference focused on innovators and technologies that are creating new ways to remediate and recycle polluted water, the importance of soil health and ways to protect key water resources such as the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer and Blue River.

But this year’s conference also tackled the issue of water as an economic driver with a panel discussion that featured a trio of state legislative, environmental and economic development leaders who brought their perspectives to the topic."

Jim Stafford writes about Oklahoma innovation and research and development topics on behalf of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST). The full story can be found here http://digital.olivesoftware.com/olive/ODN/Oklahoman/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=DOK%2F2019%2F10%2F23&entity=Ar01303&sk=1D353186&mode=text

A video snipped of the conference can be found here.
https://twitter.com/OCAST/status/1187006981019721728?s=20

“When you think about water, it is either an economic stimulator or it is a limiter. - Susan Paddack @OkaInstituteECU @OKcommerce https://t.co/hcqYZV0PRV https://t.co/yxveGhrBVM”

10/17/2019

Oka” and the ECU campus will be closed Thursday and Friday, October 17-18. Have a great fall break. See you Monday!

Ag Fest to be held at ECU on Oct. 23
10/16/2019
Ag Fest to be held at ECU on Oct. 23

Ag Fest to be held at ECU on Oct. 23

By GALEN HAWES Some folks can talk about agriculture until the cows come home. They'll have an opportunity to join the discussion from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, on the East Central University campus. On that day, ECU will host the first-eve...

Representative Ronny Johns and Caleb Cochran, field representative for Senator James Lankford applaud speakers at Oka's ...
10/12/2019

Representative Ronny Johns and Caleb Cochran, field representative for Senator James Lankford applaud speakers at Oka's 2019 Sustainability Conference.

On Tuesday the dinner keynote address was given by Jimmy Emmons, USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation Regional Coordi...
10/12/2019

On Tuesday the dinner keynote address was given by Jimmy Emmons, USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation Regional Coordinator,
Southern Plains Region, OK, TX, NM, CO, and KS

Susan Paddack, Executive Director, Oka’ The Water Insitute at ECU with Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Executive Direct...
10/12/2019

Susan Paddack, Executive Director, Oka’ The Water Insitute at ECU with Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Executive Director Brent Kisling at Oka's 2019 Sustainability Conference. #makingconnections #watersustainability

Leaders, Regent Amy Ford, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Ken Wagner and Senator Larry Boggs making connect...
10/12/2019

Leaders, Regent Amy Ford, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Ken Wagner and Senator Larry Boggs making connections at Okas' 2019 Water Sustainability Conference.

This group of attendees visits Robert S Kerr Environmental Research Center's Geoprobe while touring water innovation & t...
10/12/2019

This group of attendees visits Robert S Kerr Environmental Research Center's Geoprobe while touring water innovation & technology demonstrations on the Plaza at ECU. #watertechnology #oka'

Bill Riggs of White’s Energy Services explains how the Centrifuge Carrier works. #newwatertechnology #Oka' #sustainabili...
10/12/2019

Bill Riggs of White’s Energy Services explains how the Centrifuge Carrier works. #newwatertechnology #Oka' #sustainability

Dr. Barney Austin, President, and CEO of Aqua Strategies gives a global perspective on emerging water issues at Oka's 20...
10/11/2019

Dr. Barney Austin, President, and CEO of Aqua Strategies gives a global perspective on emerging water issues at Oka's 2019 Water Sustainability Conference.

OK, House of Representatives -Speaker Charles McCall talks with Senator Larry Boggs at Okas' 2019 Water Sustainability C...
10/11/2019

OK, House of Representatives -
Speaker Charles McCall talks with Senator Larry Boggs at Okas' 2019 Water Sustainability Conference. #makingconnections #watersustainability #oka'

White’s Energy Services mobile technology unit the Centrifuge Carrier displayed at Oka's 2019 Sustainability Conference.
10/11/2019

White’s Energy Services mobile technology unit the Centrifuge Carrier displayed at Oka's 2019 Sustainability Conference.

Oka' The Water Institute at ECU reveals new branding at the 2019 Sustainability Conference. #weareokawearewater
10/11/2019

Oka' The Water Institute at ECU reveals new branding at the 2019 Sustainability Conference. #weareokawearewater

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