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News Coverage

Explore the featured articles to learn about the challenges we're tackling, the partnerships we're building, and the strides we're making toward a healthier Arkansas River. Each story is a testament to the power of collective action and the positive impact we're creating together.

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Some Tulsans concerned about chemicals in Arkansas River

Fox 23

June 13, 2024

That system is not sensitive enough to ensure safety because the sensitivity required is almost 1000 times greater than what that protocol is capable of.

A conversation with Barbara Van Hanken, co-founder of Tulsa Area Arkansas River Advocates (TAARA)

KWGS Studio Tulsa

June 28, 2023

As the construction work and corresponding land/water/property redesign continue along the Arkansas River's low-water dam and Zink Lake site, roughly near Riverside Drive and 31st Street here in Tulsa, a new environmental-advocacy group is calling for more and better (and more transparent) water testing in the river.

Meeting of water protectors' could lead to coalition effort to lobby state lawmakers

Tulsa World

January 21, 2020

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Residents want mandatory testing of Arkansas river


September 7, 2023

It’s a simple thing, just say in the permit that the city of Tulsa is responsible for taking samples of E. coli at points where the public will be exposed

KRMG In-Depth: Groups bring concerns about Zink Lake safety, economic impact to city council

KRMG In-Depth

May 30, 2023

Our primary goal here is to educate the public, and suggest pathways forward to prevent economic and environmental catastrophes (with regard to) some of the projects that have been green-lit. We need to be careful not to minimize the concerns of the contaminants, because this body of water has not been tested.

Residents repeat concerns about Zink Lake's safety

Tulsa World

August 3, 2023

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How safe is the water in the Arkansas river?


April 12, 2023

Our position is that the water that accompanies the oil, that forces the oil into the river is also contaminated with chemicals like benzene and other carcinogens

City's plans for recreation in the new Zink Lake questioned

Tulsa World

May 18, 2023

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"We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one"

-Jacques Yves Cousteau

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