Southern Great Plains 1997 (SGP97) Hydrology Experiment Plan
Section 13 - Local Information

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Table of Contents and Executive Summary            
1. Overview
2. Soil Moisture and Temperature
3. Vegetation and Land Cover
4. Soil Physical and Hydraulic Properties
5. Planetary Boundary Layer Studies
6. Satellite Data Acquisition
7. DOE ARM CART Program
8. Oklahoma Mesonet Program
9. Operations
10. Data Management and Availability
11. Science Investigations
12. Sampling Protocols
13. Local Information
14. References
15. List of Participants


13.1. Important Phone Numbers and Addresses

Cellular phone numbers will be compiled and distributed after arrival.

USDA ARS Offices Chickasha, OK (405) 224-7393 fax (405) 224-7396

Gary Heathman USDA ARS

Jay Famiglietti (SGP97 Operations)

Street Address (FedEx Deliveries) Mail Address


Route 3 Cotton Research Rd. P.O. Box 400

Chickasha, OK 73018 Chickasha, OK 73018

USDA ARS Offices El Reno, OK (405) 262-5291 fax (405) 262-0133

Pat Starks USDA ARS

Bart Wickel (SGP97 Operations)

Street Address (FedEx Deliveries) Mail Address

USDA ARS Grazinglands Res. Lab USDA ARS Graz.Res. Lab

7207 W. Cheyenne St. P.O. Box 1199

El Reno, OK 73036 El Reno, OK 73036

ARM Central Facility Lamont, OK (405) 388-4053 fax (405) 388-4052

Jim Teske ARM Program Site Manager

Peggy O'Neill (SGP97 Operations)

Street Address (FedEx Deliveries) Mail Address

A Shipment Notification Form must ARM SGP CART Site Office

be completed and submitted to the site R.R. 1, Box 70

when shipping items there. You can Billings, OK 74630

request this form from the SGP CART

Site Office at 405/388­4053.

Aircraft Coordination, OKC, OK (405) 682-6000

Embassy Suites Hotel

13.2. Motels

Oklahoma City, OK

Embassy Suites Hotel (Aircraft Briefing Hotel)

1815 South Meridian

Oklahoma City, OK 73108

(405) 682-6000

20 suites have been reserved under the name "USDA" at a rate of $60.00 per suite, per night, plus tax (government employees would be exempt from 2% of the tax by filling out a tax exemption form available at the front desk. This is based on a minimum length of stay of 25 consecutive nights. If staying less than 25 nights, the rate could go to $70.00 per night plus tax. Reservations should be made no later than June 3, 1997. The special rate will not be available after this date. The Embassy Suites offer a full complimentary breakfast each morning.

Hampton Inn (an option for shorter stays and next door to the Embassy Suites)

1905 S. Meridian Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73108

(405) 682-2080

Government rate - $62.00/night with government American Express card

Non-Government rate - $62.00/night plus tax (10.375%)

Continental breakfast provided

Chickasha, OK

Days Inn (looks like the best deal in Chickasha-ask for upstairs on extended stay)

2701 S 4th Street

Chickasha, OK 73018

(405) 222-5800

Government - $35.00 night (no tax)

Non-government - $35.00/night plus tax

Extended stay - $30.00/night

Best Western Inn (the only place I've ever stayed, easy walking to stores and rest.)

2101 S 4th Street

Chickasha, OK 73018

(405) 224-4890

Government and non-government rate - $39.00 /night plus tax

El Reno, OK

Ramada Limited (looks like the best option for El Reno)

Exit 125, Route 40

El Reno, OK 73036


Government rate - $38.00/night plus tax (ask for Norma)

Non-government rate - $42.00/night plus tax

(will give each guest 1 night free for each week of occupancy)

Full continental breakfast provided

Best Western Inn at Hensley's

I-40 & Country Club Road

El Reno, OK 73036

(405) 262-6490

Government rate - $40.00/night (includes tax)

Non-government rate - $48.53 (includes tax)

Full breakfast provided

Ponca City

For those people planning to stay in the Lamont area near the ARM Central Facility, The nearest hotel is at the intersection of Rts. 35 and 60 in the town of Tonkawa. There is one hotel and one restaurant right off the Interstate exit ramp and nothing else in sight -- not recommended for extended stays because there is nothing to see or do there. Eight miles north of Tonkawa at the intersection of Rts. 35 and 11 is the town of Blackwell. At this exit ramp you have a Comfort Inn ($49/night govt. rate), a Days Inn, a MacDonalds, a Braums ice cream, and a Kettle restaurant -- however, there does not appear to be much else to Blackwell other than residential areas. For these reasons, the best choice for extended stays in the Lamont area appears to be Ponca City.

Ponca City is roughly 45 miles and 45 minutes from the ARM CF. [The ARM CF is about 115 miles from the OKC airport area (about a two-hour drive).] Most of the hotels are on or just off 14th St., which is the main north-south street in town (14th St. becomes Rt. 77 north of town).

Preliminary visits indicate that the Holiday Inn is a good choice.

Comfort Inn / Blackwell, OK -- exit 222 off Rt 35 N; a suite with a refrigerator is $55/

night; a microwave is available 24 hrs a day in a room off the lobby; king room govt.

rate is $49/night.

Holiday Inn / Ponca City -- 2 stories with exterior corridors; rooms face the pool or the parking lot; refrigerators could be put in a room for an extended stay; govt rate is $40/night with refrigerator; exec. king room/mini-suite is $49.15/night; coffee pot & hair dryer in each room; exterior room facing parking lot was noisy as was the plumbing.

2215 N. 14th Ponca City

405-762-8311 800-465-4329

Pioneer Woman Guesthouse -- near Pioneer Woman Statue; has refrigerator, microwave, couch, and dinette table & chairs in every room; English pub next door; rates are queen bed $27/night, king bed $35/night; extended stay through weekends has cheaper rates - queen $25/night, king $33/night.

719 N. 14th Ponca City

405-765-6662 800-763-9922

Marland Estate Hotel & Conference Center -- in residential neighborhood next to Marland Mansion; supposedly quiet; 35 rooms with interior corridors, 2-3 stories, 24-hr lobby service; no refrigerators allowed in individual rooms except in the 2 two-bedroom suites, but they will make an office available on the 2nd floor with a big communal refrigerator & microwave; govt rates are $35/night for all rooms; suites are ~$90/night with 2 bedrooms so each person could be billed for half the room ($45/night); continental breakfast included; the weekend of June 27-28 is blacked out due to a large wedding, so anyone staying here for the whole experiment would have to move out for those 2 days.

901 Monument Ponca City

405-767-0422 800-532-7559

13.3. Maps

Several maps are provided here for orientation purposes. Figure 27 is a regional map, Figure 28 is a map of Chickasha, OK, Figure 29 is a map of the El Reno area, and Figure 13 is the area of Lamont and Ponca City.

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