Save the Illinois River, Inc.
24369 E 757 Rd.
Tahlequah, OK 74464-1949
(918) 284-9440

Oklahoma Killer Whale Project

Save the Illinois River, Inc. | Environment | January 14, 2021

From the Illinois River in Oklahoma to Puget Sound in Washington State, clean water is essential for aquatic life.

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Life in our rivers, lakes, bays and oceans must have clean water free of pollution. Did you know that debris from automobile tires is polluting our water and killing fish? Save the Illinois River supports SR3's work to rehabilitate marine life in Puget Sound. STIR has established the Oklahoma Whale Conservation Society, the OWCS.  Become a Charter Member just by asking at:

Oklahoma Killer Whale Project Introduced

People from across the country are coming together to protect the Southern Resident killer whales! The “Oklahoma Killer Whale Project” will honor the connection between Tahlequah, OK and ‘Tahlequah,’ or J35, a member of the local Southern Resident killer whale community. As part of this effort, the Kirkpatrick Foundation of Oklahoma will be matching all donations toward our research work that informs conservation efforts for these special whales. If you want your own gift to go twice as far, visit the Tahlequah donation matching page on our website.

Oklahoma Scenic River News.

STIR radio ad campaign underway.

Tidy Up Tenkiller cleanup April 17.

Opinion:  OWRB drops Illinois River protection rule.  Why? Now the Details.

STIR Public Awareness Radio Ads

STIR began a radio advertising campaign April 1 on Public Radio KWGS, 89.5 in Tulsa.  Short ads about STIR's mission and directing listeners to our web page will continue all month.  We hope you have an opportunity to hear the ad. The ad campaign winds up STIR's Spring Membership Drive.  We feel the drive was successful.  Several new Life Memberships were added.  Quite a few 2019 and earlier members renewed their memberships, we're pleased to say. Our web page has an easy way for you to join STIR or to renew your membership.  Click here to join or renew. Do you want to know if your STIR membership is current?  Email us at

Tidy Up Tenkiller Needs Volunteers

TUT April 2021

STIR again is a sponsor of the April 17 Tidy Up Tenkiller litter cleanup.  Volunteers will work in two locations, Tenkiller State Park and Chicken Creek South public access area on the lower end of Tenkiller Lake.  Without the support of our members, STIR could not provide support for this important event nor would we be able to air Public Radio messages in support of preserving scenic rivers and Lake Tenkiller.

Register here and become a volunteer.

Faced with Uproar, Water Board Collapses.

Opinion by Ed Brocksmith

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OWRB Photo of algae from excess nutrients

The Muskogee Phoenix and D.E. Smoot has also written about another matter of concern for STIR, nutrient trading in watersheds.  This issue is one that we will be watching very closely because it could result in nutrient trading that is not based on good science and necessary water quality rules.  Without a Total Maximum Daily Load pollution study (a pollution diet, you might say), there is no scientific way to determine if a nutrient trade between a city and a farm will work.


What the well-dressed river and lake george will wear this summer....STIR's new T-Shirts in short and long sleeves.  These silky, stretchy shirts are comfortable and dry quickly if you take a spill on the river.  Thanks to STIR member Norma Boren for showing our new shirt.

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To order STIR's new shirt, make a one time donation here or mail check for $25 to:


24369 E 75 RD

Tahlequah, OK 74464-1949

Please specify size and long sleeve or short sleeve.  Price includes shipping.




STIR, Advocating Scenic Rivers and Lake Tenkiller Protection Since 1984.

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