Save the Illinois River, Inc., STIR, is the only private, not-for-profit organization chartered exclusively for the preservation of the Illinois River (Upper and Lower), Flint Creek, Barren Fork Creek, Tenkiller Lake, and their tributaries.
STIR was formed by Tahlequah area citizens in the early 1980’s in response to a permit allowing Fayetteville, Arkansas to discharge treated sewage into the Illinois River watershed.
This was the first of many proposals, campaigns, research, and joint activities by STIR members to save the Illinois River. In fact, STIR has campaigned and been instrumental over the years in creating laws and ordinances that not only affect Oklahoma but surrounding states to help create cleaner water for all.
Today, STIR members actively monitor water quality issues such as citizen’s concerns about water pollution. And with work still to be done, STIR closely follows matters before the Oklahoma Legislature, Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission, Greater Tenkiller Area Association, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and state and federal agencies.