Signing seals deal for long-term water supply at Copan Lake

June 19, 2020
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, center, and Oklahoma Sen. Julie Daniels join Bartlesville Mayor Dale Copeland, left, and former mayors Tom Gorman and Ted Lockin, right, to celebrate the signing of an agreement between the City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for long-term water supply at Copan Lake.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and other state and local dignitaries attended a ceremony on Friday that will help mark the City’s next step in securing long-term potable water supply for Bartlesville and the surrounding area.

The City of Bartlesville Water Supply Signing Ceremony was held June 19 at the Tower Center at Unity Square, which was recently completed thanks to voter approved 2018 General Obligation Bond funding.

The ceremony marked an agreement between the City of Bartlesville and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that allows the City to purchase water rights at Copan Lake at a reasonable cost, which is now possible thanks to a provision Inhofe authored in  America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. The agreement has been sought since studies following the 2001-02 Bartlesville drought indicated obtaining potable water from Copan Lake was the City’s most feasible option for drought management into the foreseeable future.

“Throughout these years Sen. Inhofe has been a constant supporter and advocate for our desire to obtain access to Copan Lake water rights at an affordable cost,” Mayor Dale Copeland said before presenting Inhofe with a plaque expressing appreciation on behalf of the City. “Through the many twists and turns of those years he was always ready and willing to aid and

Sen. Jim Inhofe addresses the crowd gathered to witness the ceremony. Several state and local dignitaries were in attendance.

advance our efforts. He was a critical and a key part of the success we celebrate today. Thank you, senator, for all you do for this city, this state and our nation.”

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Bartlesville Mayor Dale Copeland presents a plaque to Inhofe during the City of Bartlesville Water Signing Ceremony.



Oklahoma Senator and former Bartlesville Mayor Julie Daniels speaks during the ceremony.


Copeland and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander Col. Scott Preston sign the agreement, which allows immediate access to water supply at Copan Lake through the City’s existing infrastructure.