Foreign Species Lawsuit Timeline
Below is a timeline summary of some of the key events.


27 October 1998
ODWC receives Spring Creek Angling Club (SCAC) application to stock 4,000 rainbow trout into Spring Creek.


04 November 1998
ODWC biologists inspect proposed trout stocking site on Spring Creek with representatives of SCAC.  ODWC continues literature review and interagency contacts on possible impacts trout stockings may have on native smallmouth bass streams.


01 December 1998
ODWC hosts a meeting at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah with representatives from SCAC, DEQ, OCC, USFWS, and Spring Creek landowners to discuss the proposed stocking of trout in Spring Creek.


December 1998
Letters were submitted to ODWC from numerous biologists in opposition to trout stocking permits for Spring Creek.


10 December 1998
ODWC mails letter to Herb Beattie (SCAC) denying request to stock rainbow trout in Spring Creek. Denial based on Department concerns for the biological integrity and health of the native aquatic resources of Spring Creek and the potential for detrimental impacts to the resource which may occur as a result of stocking rainbow trout, a non-native predator.


22 February 1999
At SCAC request, ODWC Director and staff meet with Attorney Michael Atkinson and SCAC representatives.  ODWC was asked to reconsider the previous denial.


26 February 1999
After careful reconsideration, ODWC mails letter to Attorney Michael Atkinson denying SCAC request once again.  The letter outlines plans for an ODWC funded study to assess concerns regarding habitat and diet overlap of introduced trout and native species.  The study was conducted by Oklahoma State University (OSU) in April 1999 on Brush Creek, a stream 1/6th the size of Spring Creek approximately thirty (30) miles from Spring Creek.


17 November 2003
ODWC holds a meeting by "invitation only" to discuss the Brush Creek Study.  No discussion of any pending trout stocking permits was recorded in the minutes.


01 December 2003
A permit was granted to SCAC by ODWC to stock Spring Creek with trout.


27 October 2004
The Unites States Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service issues a letter regarding potential effects of stocking non-native species into natural stream systems such as Spring Creek.


August 2004
One hundred and two (102) Spring Creek stakeholders mailed requests to be notified two (2) weeks in advance of any public hearings regarding any permitting actions.


27 October 2004
The Unites States Department of Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service issues a letter regarding potential effects of stocking non-native species into natural stream systems such as Spring Creek.


30 September 2005
The Spring Creek Conservation Coalition (SCCC) files suit against the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) in Mayes County challenging the permit issued to stock trout during the Winter of 2005/2006.