— A Tahlequah-based water conservation group plans to celebrate on Thursday the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Clean Water Act.
Save the Illinois River members will observe the occasion with live music, cake, prizes and a guest speaker. The observance will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Iguana Cafe in Tahlequah, with music provided by Monica Taylor and Don Morris.
Kelly Hunter-Foster of Tulsa will speak at 8 p.m. about the history of the landmark law, the purpose of which was to make America’s waters safe for drinking, swimming and fishing. Hunter-Foster, an attorney with the Waterkeeper’s Alliance, will attempt to answer whether those goals have been met.
Donations will be accepted at the door, and STIR memberships will be available. STIR is a nonprofit organization formed by Tahlequah citizens in 1984 in an effort to protect and preserve the Illinois River, its tributaries and Tenkiller Lake.