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.

03/04/2020
Sand County Foundation

Sand County Foundation

Chuck and Ruth Coffey are a driving force behind Oklahoma's emerging land stewardship movement. The fifth-generation cattle ranchers excel at implementing conservation practices that improve the soil, water, wildlife and livestock in their care. We salute the 2019 Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award recipients with Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Noble Research Institute, Enel Green Power, ITC Holdings Corp., Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, USDA NRCS, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, Oklahoma State University & McDonald's.

Regenerative ag becoming the choice system
03/03/2020
Regenerative ag becoming the choice system

Regenerative ag becoming the choice system

A wholesale shift to regenerative agriculture is soon to become the primary choice for survival, Tom Cannon told audiences at Soil Health U, Jan. 22 and 23, in Salina, Kansas.

Alan Peoples receives the Oklahoma award. Pictured with Kristen Gillman Wildlife Lands  and Mineral Coordinator at Oklah...
03/02/2020

Alan Peoples receives the Oklahoma award. Pictured with Kristen Gillman Wildlife Lands and Mineral Coordinator at Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Photo by Kristen Gillman.

Oka’ Employee Awarded the Oklahoma Chapter of the Wildlife Society’s Oklahoma Award. Alan Peoples a 30-year retiree from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation was honored at the Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference that was held February 10-12, 2020 in Norman, Oklahoma. The award is the ODWC’s most distinguished and was presented to Peoples for his outstanding contribution to the profession of wildlife management in the state of Oklahoma. “I am honored to receive this award. It is very prestigious, and I sincerely appreciate it. The respect of your peers in anything you do should be your goal from the beginning.” says Peoples.

He came to the ODWC with a BS and MS Degrees in Wildlife Ecology, Oklahoma State University. He was hired as an Upland Game Biologist to originate and direct Oklahoma’s first quail enhancement program. This project included landowner education on habitat management and quail research and monitoring. This commitment to quail conservation has helped to lead to covey rise in the state of Oklahoma. November 1999, Peoples was promoted to Chief of Wildlife Division where he was responsible for the management over of 100 employees and 1.4 million acres on 87 Wildlife Management Areas. While in this position Peoples partnered with Oklahoma State University’s Department of Natural Recourse Ecology and Management along with the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research to conduct long-term research programs. He continued to make advancement in wildlife management by helping to facilitate the building of two field stations on Beaver River and Packsaddle WMA’s to be used for wildlife research. Another accomplishment of Peoples while serving as Chief was to help the ODWC acquire over 79,000 acres for habitat and species conservation. Oklahoma being 97 % privately owned, this land procurement provides protection for various wildlife and habitats as well as fulfilled the crucial need for public recreational land. Since retiring Peoples has started a new position as Watershed Coordinator for Oka’ The Water Institute at East Central University and is back to helping landowners implement best management practices. This land management will focus on helping to improve soil health and preserve water resources for the state. Susan Paddack Executive Director for Oka’ says, “we are very proud of Peoples winning the Oklahoma Award and are fortunate to have his experience and expertise as an addition to the Oka’ team.”

East Central University
02/01/2020
East Central University

East Central University

East Central University Distinguished Alumnus and Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby will serve as keynote speaker for the annual Lou Watkins Lecture.

The impact of tribal gaming on the Chickasaw Nation and Oklahoma will be the topic for Anoatubby’s lecture, which also features a luncheon.

Bill Anoatubby
01/24/2020

Bill Anoatubby

Chickasaws have long had special connections to land, wildlife and the natural environment and the Chickasaw Nation shares this commitment to stewardship and environmental protection.

We share our commitment to carefully manage natural resources through partnerships with numerous businesses, universities and organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service and The Oka' Institute, among others, as well as through innovative tribal programs such as the Chickasaw Nation Re-Use Center.

This month marks a decade of service at the Chickasaw Nation Re-Use Center, which began operations Jan. 5, 2010, as a component of our solid waste management program. Since opening, the Re-Use Center has provided reusable items to more than 104,400 people.

Last year, the center prevented 126,644 pounds of materials from entering landfills. It served 3,280 Chickasaw citizens and more than 9,300 community members.

The Re-Use Center was also the recipient of the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful 2018 Visionary Leadership Award. This award recognizes The Chickasaw Nation's unique efforts toward environmental and community improvement, and the tribe’s ability to inspire others to emulate or adopt that philosophy.

Join us in celebrating the past decade and building the future by visiting the Chickasaw Nation Re-Use Center at 2205 N. Broadway in Ada. It is free of charge to drop off or pick up items at the center and all services are open to the public. Learn more at Chickasaw.net/ReUse

Press release: https://chickasaw.net/News/Press-Releases/Release/Chickasaw-Nation-ReUse-Center-marks-decade-facilit-53157.aspx

Get away from the desk for the day and head out with The Nature Conservancy as they work to improve two  Oklahoma preser...
01/16/2020
Invasive Species Removal Volunteer Day

Get away from the desk for the day and head out with The Nature Conservancy as they work to improve two Oklahoma preserves, Pontotoc Ridge Preserve and Oka' Yanahli Preserve. https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/volunteer-and-attend-events/find-local-events-and-opportunities/oklahoma-volunteer-invasive-species-removal/ #bestmanagmentpractices #improvesoildhealth #morewaterforouraquifer

Grab your chainsaws and loppers to join us in eradicating Chinese privet at the Oka' Yanahli Preserve.

01/14/2020
Groundwater, the Hidden Resource

You can not manage what you can not measure!
Oka' is proud to initiate a study in partnership with OWRB, USGS and various stakeholders that will help to better manage the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer(our local water source). #groundwater #oka' #EasternASAHydrologystudy
https://youtu.be/5wb-CgQdG6o

Water is essential to human, plant, and animal survival. From huge cities to tiny villages, about 50% of the world’s population depends on groundwater every ...

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!

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