Ready to respond

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

Ready to respond … Clint Bogle, a member of the Grand River Dam Authority’s Substation Maintenance Department, surveys the scene inside one of the Authority’s substations. From power plants to electric lines, and from substations to system operations, GRDA personnel make electric reliability a priority each day. And, when storms or accidents cause an interruption in power flows, they make quick and safe power restoration the top priority.

Sometimes it happens because of the weather, sometimes it happens because of an animal, sometimes it happens because of an accident and sometimes it may happen because of an equipment failure or for other reasons.

The point is, electrical outages can occur for a number of reasons. That is why it is so important for utilities like the Grand River Dam Authority to have experienced personnel who are prepared to respond promptly and safely to get the lights back on. At GRDA, these employees can be found in many departments and facilities. From the system operations personnel who are typically the first to see power disruptions on the system to the field personnel who respond to the trouble at all hours, under all sorts of weather conditions, it truly does take the effort of a skilled, dedicated team to get the power flowing again safely and promptly.

Of course, the best preparation for power outages happen long before any unplanned outages ever do. Through ongoing employee training, a commitment to a culture of safety, preventive maintenance and other initiatives, Team GRDA is working every day to not only produce the power but to make sure it flows reliably across the system. And when it doesn’t? The team is ready to respond to make the necessary repairs.

They know how to reroute the power around troubled areas, they know the best approach to repairing the damage and, most of all, they know GRDA customers and thousands of Oklahomans are counting on them to do just that.

No one likes a power outage, but when it does happen, Team GRDA is always ready to respond.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency. 

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Rush for Brush Fish Habitat Locations

Point and click map features to access habitat information.

In response to public input and involvement in its popular Rush For Brush program, the Grand River Dam Authority has added an interactive online map to allow for greater access to artificial fish habitats.

While the public has been building and deploying their own habitats — built during the program’s workshops — in different areas of the lake for over a decade, GRDA has also placed larger habitats in the waters of Lake Hudson in recent years.

An interactive map located on now allows the public to view the exact GPS coordinates of those habitats. There is also a description of the location where the structures were deployed, the number of structures, and the approximate water depth. Place marks on the map represent the larger piles of structures, while the shaded polygons represent the total area of deployment. As GRDA deploys more habitats into the lakes in the future, the map will be updated to reflect those locations.

In the summer of 2017, GRDA deployed 450 artificial structures into Lake Hudson, just north of the Highway 20 Bridge at Salina. Placed at water depths ranging from 10 to 20 feet, those structures were part of a project completed in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) and the Thunderbird Youth Academy.
Earlier this year, the entities also worked together to place 300 artificial brush structures just south of the “turnaround” area of the lake. These were sunk in roughly 8 to 15 feet of water.

In September of 2018, GRDA is set to host a Shoreline Management Workshop on Grand Lake, in conjunction with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). That workshop will include a demonstration of the Rush For Brush program- and allow attendees a chance to participate in construction of habitats. Those habitats will then be place in the water, near the docks at the Wolf Creek Park in Grove. After that, their locations will also be added to the interactive map.

“The Rush for Brush program is a very simple concept, but very effective at providing fishery habitat and helping to educate the public about shoreline conservation,” said GRDA Vice President of Ecosystems and Lake Management.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: employees, electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, and efficiency.

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