||OCU’s celebration will focus on water conservation and features a keynote presentation at 7:30 p.m. by Al Sutherland, the OK Mesonet agriculture coordinator for Oklahoma State University’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. Sutherland’s presentation is titled “Drought Decisions and Mesonet Drought Tools.”
Sutherland will also participate in a preceding panel discussion at 6 p.m. titled “Watering Oklahoma.” Other panelists will include Shanon Phillips, Oklahoma Conservation Commission Water Quality Division director; Cheryl Cheadle, executive director of the Blue Thumb water quality educational program for the state Conservation Commission; Nathan Kuhnert with Environmental, Health and Safety at Devon Energy; Tom Elkins, administrator of Cherokee Nation environmental programs; and Cedric Bond, an OCU student and kayak team member who is working on a senior capstone project on the Deep Fork River.
There will be display tables throughout the event space beginning at 3 p.m. leading up to the panel discussion. Participants include the Oklahoma Conservation Commission Water Quality Division, the Oklahoma Blue Thumb Association, Friends of Bishop Creek, the Cherokee Nation and others.