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Congressman Cole Announces Debt Relief for Waurika Project Master Conservancy District

July 14, 2005
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congressman Cole voted today for the Water Resources Development Act that will eliminate the obligation of Waurika Project Master Conservancy District to pay its outstanding debt incurred during the construction of a water conveyance project at Waurika Lake. This has the potential to give the Waurika Project Master Conservancy District the ability to redistribute funds back to their member cities.

"This is great news for the cities that are served by the Waurika Project Master Conversancy District. It means this money will no longer come from their pockets," Congressman Tom Cole said.

The Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District includes Comanche, Duncan, Lawton-Ft. Sill, Temple, Walters, Waurika and other surrounding communities. The six communities formed the District to contract with the Corps of Engineers to build the water delivery system. The Waurika Project Master Conservancy District operates the water delivery system and is the debt paying agency to the Corps of Engineers.

"We are thrilled to see the Water Resources Development Act pass. This has been a tremendous team effort on the part of Congressman Cole, Senator Inhofe and the people of this region. The language in this legislation will allow us to return funds to our member cities," Dave Taylor, District Manager, Waurika Project Master Conservancy District, said.

This legislation will now be debated in the Senate.

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