By Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa-area officials say investing around $300 million to rehabilitate a dam and build several more could help spur more development along the Arkansas River.

The Tulsa World ( ) reported in a story published Tuesday that around 70 people recently attended the second in a series of town hall meetings on Arkansas River development.

Tulsa City Councilor G.T. Bynum, who’s also the chairman of the Arkansas River Infrastructure Task Force, said the idea behind the barriers is to create a platform for growth.

Bynum said that the three, proposed low-water dams - which are for Sand Springs, south Tulsa and Jenks and Bixby - would help keep more water in the river that often sees more sand than it does water. He said the dams would help create a metropolitan area where young adults would want to get jobs and stay.

Dale Wagner, a retired Tulsan, said he wasn’t against the proposal but would be more interested if a financial impact study was conducted.

“I think you should quantify that information and put that out so it would be so much easier to evaluate it,” Wagner told Bynum.

Bynum said a study is being prepared that he hopes will be finished soon.

“We’re not here to sell you on anything,” Bynum said. “There will be a day for that, but not now.”


Information from: Tulsa World,

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