Norman

Water Quality and Ecology
8:16 am
Thu June 26, 2014

StateImpact: Why Norman Is The Only Oklahoma Town Where Citizens Control the Price of Water

Harold Heiple, chairman of Norman's charter review committee, addresses the city council in Norman June 17.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Norman is the only city in Oklahoma where utility rates are determined by a vote of the people — who aren’t always willing to charge themselves more for water. A proposal to change that came before the city council last week. StateImpact’s Logan Layden was there to hear the debate, and reports on the lessons other cities can glean from a more democratic, but less efficient way of setting water rates.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:16 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Norman’s Choice - Wastewater Reuse or Reliance on Oklahoma City’s Pipelines

Lake Thunderbird, near Norman, Okla., in June 2013
Credit KRISTINA AND DAVID / FLICKR

Oklahoma’s third largest city is at a water crossroads.

Norman is updating its strategic water supply plan to make sure it has enough to meet growing demand over the next 50 years. And the city council’s choice is between reliance on Oklahoma City and water from southeast Oklahoma, or reusing its own wastewater.

After two years of study and public input, more than a dozen plans were narrowed down to two, portfolio 14 and portfolio 13.

Portfolio 14

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Film Featuring Oklahoma Family Urges Activism
7:09 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Norman-Based Documentary Seeks to Shatter the Stigma Around HIV/AIDS

brokenheartland.com

Though his voice is now silent, a gay Oklahoma teen's words live on in a documentary that premiered at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History last night.  Broken Heart Land focuses on 19-year-old Zachary Harrington of Norman.  He committed suicide in 2010, after keeping his HIV-positive diagnosis a secret for over a year.   Hear about the Norman screening, then listen to a full-length interview with KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll, Director Jeremy Stulberg and the Harrington family below.

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StateImpact
12:25 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

OK's Largest Water Loan Goes to Norman to Fix Stressed, Stinky Treatment Plant

A water tower in Norman, Okla.

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:25 pm

A water tower in Norman, Okla.

Melissa Megginson / Flickr

A water tower in Norman, Okla.

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