Transcript for A New Horizon, segment 04 of 13


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The Great Plains Region is administered through its Office of the Regional Director in Billings. This office is organized by function. Within the region there are eight main field offices. The Oklahoma-Texas Project's office is in Oklahoma City. In Texas it oversees five projects that primarily provide municipal and industrial water to many communities in the state. The projects also provide flood control and considerable recreation. The most ambitious Bureau project in Texas is the Canadian River Project. It uses over three hundred miles of pipeline, ten pumping plants, and three regulating reservoirs to provide water to eleven cities and towns in the northwest part of the state. Twin Buttes Dam and Reservoir are the main features of the San Angelo Project. This project provides irrigation water for ten thousand acres of agricultural land in the Concho River area as well as municipal water for San Angelo.

There are six projects in Oklahoma. Five of the projects were constructed to supply water to cities and towns as well as provide flood control and recreation benefits. The other project, the W. C. Austin Project, provides irrigation water for nearly fifty thousand acres of farmland in addition to providing water to the city of Altus. The main project feature is Altus Dam.

The Oklahoma-Texas Project's office is also responsible for the Wichita Project in Kansas that provides municipal and industrial water to Wichita. The Oklahoma-Texas Project's office also provides liaison with the states of Texas and Oklahoma.