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ADA, Okla. – The Oka’ Institute at East Central University is set to host “Oka’ Con”, a two-day event on Nov. 8-9 on the ECU campus. This year’s event is titled “Uniting for Water: A Collaborative Approach to Integrated Water Resources Management”.

Previously known as the Water Sustainability Conference, The Oka' Conference aims to bring together professionals, researchers, policymakers and community members from around the world to discuss critical challenges and opportunities in preserving our most vital resource – water. By convening a diverse range of stakeholders, the conference seeks to develop innovative solutions, share best practices and strengthen collaborations to ensure a sustainable water future for generations to come.

"The Oka' Sustainability Conference serves as a crucial platform for exchanging knowledge, experiences and ideas on water sustainability," said Dr. Duane Smith, executive director of the Oka’ Institute. "We are excited to bring together experts from various fields to address the pressing challenges facing our water resources and work towards actionable solutions."

The Immersive Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Sound and lighting effects will make participants feel that they are inside a drop of water. Artist Brent Greenwood will create a painting live on stage. Actor Caleb Martin who stars in 1923 – the prequel to Yellowstone – and singer/songwriter Gary Pratt will entertain with songs and stories. The Immersive Dinner is included in registration or can be purchased separately for $75 per ticket.

Featured speakers, panel discussions and interactive sessions will explore the topics of sustainable water management, innovative technologies and policy frameworks. The event will allow participants to network with fellow professionals, gain insights and share education.

Additionally, a group of scholars from Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology in Bondo, Kenya, will attend to share expertise on integrated water resources management.

A trip to the Arbuckle Simpson Aquifer Enhanced Aquifer Recharge Site at Byrds Mill Spring will conclude the event.

For registration and more information, visit or contact Conference Coordinator Brandy Kaeshoefer, at or 580-272-8686.

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