The 13th Annual Oklahoma Water Appreciation Day was held at the Oklahoma State Capitol on March 20, 2018. Geologist Darrell Shults and Records Manager Ginna Harmon represented the Oklahoma Department of Mines for this event. Participants included state and federal government agencies, academic groups, and environmental groups. All groups attending either study or regulate water quality, or quantity, or advocate for water issues. Each entity showcased its involvement in managing, studying and improving Oklahoma's water resources.
This even was not as well attended as in past years due to a majority of the local schools being on spring break. Government officials, teachers, lobbyists, the press, students, and the general public were in attendance. Notables included Drew Edmondson, candidate for governor, OWRB Director, Julie Cunningham, and ODM Deputy Director Doug Schooley.
Most attendees were interested in ODM's rock display. Also displayed was a PowerPoint presentation highlighting ODM's water management ad reclamation efforts. Some individuals took ODM brochures detailing our mission statement, coal permitting and bond release process, blasting permit process, and the OMTI training program.