Arkansas River: Tulsa, OK
IMPROVED RECREATION, REDUCED SAFETY HAZARD
MWDG has contributed to the in-river design or modification of weirs and dams that will
- Improve habitat for the inland least tern;
- Improve habitat for a variety of aquatic species; and
- Create several new “low-hazard” river recreation opportunities.
A whitewater course is the highlight of the design at the Zink Dam, featuring
- High quality whitewaterwaves;
- Integrated roughened fish channel to allow fish to swim around the dam; and
- Dam improvements to reduce hazards to river users.
The potential here is almost limitless. Completing this project will not only be great for boaters, it will also make a huge difference in habitat improvement, fish passage, general safety, and aesthetics.Utilizing MWDG input the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO),the City and County of Tulsa, River Parks Authority, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have collaborated to improve the west bank of the Arkansas River near the Tulsa Power Station area called the Tulsa Wave Park. Improvements include grading and stabilizing a 150-foot section of the bank and a path and dock for kayakers to safely enter the water. Kayakers have been working with PSO since the 1980’s to enable more citizens to enjoy the river as a community resource and regional destination.
- Randy Jackson, Project Co-Founder