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Why Oklahoma Built More Lakes Than Any Other State

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
September 27, 2012

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Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma Governor Robert S. Kerr, shown here when he was in office in the 1940s.

Two giants of Oklahoma politics — Senator Robert S. Kerr and House Speaker Carl Albert — used their influence to help bring the state’s untamed natural water resources under control following World War II.

The result: Oklahoma has more than 200 manmade lakes. That’s more than any other state. With demand for water increasing, is another lake and reservoir-building boom possible?

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