The Greater Texoma Utility Authority started setting the groundwork to solve a disagreement with the state of Oklahoma over water boundaries, on Monday, as it approved a resolution to issue a memorandum of agreement with the state.

The Greater Texoma Utility Authority started setting the groundwork to solve a disagreement with the state of Oklahoma over water boundaries, on Monday, as it approved a resolution to issue a memorandum of agreement with the state.


The memorandum comes as a Gov. Rick Perry approved the creation and made appointments to the Red River Boundary Commission last month to negotiate and work with Oklahoma to resolve the disagreement. The Commission is being led by State Rep. Larry Phillips of Sherman and includes two other representatives from the Texoma region.


GTUA is currently working with its lawyers to create the memorandum, which it expects will be issued within two months, said GTUA General Manager Drew Satterwhite. Satterwhite said this is simply the first step in the process, and he expects more progress to be made when the Red River Boundary Commission holds its first meeting on Monday.


The disagreement centers around a commission in 2000 that was created to set firm boundaries between Texas and Oklahoma that were not dependant on the current course of the Red River, which is susceptible to change. The commission elected to use the GPS coordinates of the river bottom as boundaries for the states. The state boundary in Lake Texoma’s boundary was also placed on the original river red beneath the lake.


It was discovered in 2010 that the coordinates of the river bed that were given to the commission were incorrect, placing seven of the eight pumping outlets of the GTUA Raw Water Pump Station, which was built in the 1980’s, in the state of Oklahoma. This has no effected pumping at the site, officials have said.


Satterwhite emphasized that this was just a temporary measure meant to express intent to work on the project. Oklahoma has yet to create its own commission to negotiate on the boundary.


"We are ready to get to work as soon as possible, but there are two parties here," said Satterwhite.