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§ 896.6. Legislative intent--Construction, operation or maintenance of dams or related projects

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 82. Waters and Water Rights

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 82. Waters and Water Rights
Chapter 8. Grand River Dam Authority
Scenic Rivers
82 Okl.St.Ann. § 896.6
Formerly cited as Title 82, § 1453
§ 896.6. Legislative intent--Construction, operation or maintenance of dams or related projects
A. The term “scenic river” as used in the Scenic Rivers Act is defined as a stream or river designated pursuant to Section 896.5 of this title and the public use and access areas located within or adjacent to the stream or river.
B. It is the intent of the Legislature that a stream or river designated as a scenic river shall be preserved in its free-flowing condition and shall not be impounded by any large dam or structure except as specifically authorized by the Legislature.
C. No agency or official of state government shall authorize or concur in plans of local, state or federal agencies for the construction, operation, or maintenance of any dam or related project in or adjacent to any scenic river without legislative consent, except as needed by the municipalities located in the counties or the immediate vicinity of the scenic river for their own municipal or domestic water supply if such uses and structures will not significantly interfere with the preservation of the stream as a scenic free-flowing stream.
D. It is recognized by the Legislature that an effective program for preserving the scenic beauty of the free-flowing streams and rivers designated as a scenic river area necessarily involves the cooperation and support of the people in the operating areas of a designated scenic river, as well as the people using the scenic river, and the agencies of state government administering these areas.
E. The primary purpose of the Scenic Rivers Act is to encourage the preservation of the areas designated as a scenic river area in their natural scenic state.

Credits

Laws 1970, c. 68, § 3, eff. March 17, 1970; Laws 1997, c. 241, § 6, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 2016, c. 297, § 9, eff. July 1, 2016; Renumbered from Title 82, § 1453 by Laws 2016, c. 297, § 26, eff. July 1, 2016; Laws 2017, c. 41, § 1, eff. July 1, 2017.
82 Okl. St. Ann. § 896.6, OK ST T. 82 § 896.6
Current with emergency effective legislation through Chapter 316 of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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