Langley – In January, the Grand River Dam Authority and several lake-area businesses announced they would team up for a comprehensive Grand Lake shoreline cleanup effort ahead of the Bassmaster Classic (on Grand Lake February 22-24). Today, they are encouraging the public to join the team.
According to organizers, the main goal of the extended cleanup effort is to remove old dock from the lake shore before the national spotlight shines on Grand during the fishing tournament. Several dock builders around the lake are already putting their construction barges to work to move old foam from the shoreline to collection sites. Other businesses are participating in the effort by providing locations for the public to dispose of old foam.
Those interested in collecting and disposing of old foam (please no household trash), can deliver it to the following collections sites beginning this week (February 6 – 10) and the hours 8AM to 5PM:
• Clearwater Bay Marina Parking Lot (Rapier Hollow, east of Disney)
• Shangri-La Main Lake Boat Ramp Parking Lot (Monkey Island)
• GRDA Hangar Boat Ramp Parking Lot (Red Arrow Marina, Cleora)
• Red 11 Marina Parking Lot (east of Sailboat Bridge)
• Wastewater Treatment Plant on North Cherokee Street (Grove)
• Discount Docks (back of Duck Creek, near Grand Lake RV Resort, Cleora)
“Working with all our partners, we were able to divide the lake shore into 7 different zones,” said GRDA Lake Relations Coordinator Lori Starks. “The partners then set up teams to take responsibility for targeted areas in each zone. It’s a large endeavor but we have a large group that is committed to getting the job done.”
Once the foam is collected, GRDA will use its equipment to transport it to Covanta’s energy-from-waste facility (Covanta Tulsa Renewable Energy, LLC) in Tulsa. The facility has the capability to handle over 1,100 tons of refuse a day and offers the latest technology in waste disposal by extracting energy from waste, like the old foam.
“Recycling this foam is good for the environment and turning it into energy is another plus,” said Starks. “We’re pleased this can all grow out of a concentrated effort of so many lake area stakeholders,” said Starks.
Lake-area businesses involved in the effort include: Action EZ/Rough Water Docks; Discount Docks; England Dock Construction; Goldner’s Construction Company; Shepherd’s Dock Construction; Jerry’s Dock Construction; City of Grove; Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce; Grand Lake Association; Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron; Gran Tara Homeowner’s Association; Grove Chamber of Commerce; We Luv Trees; Arrowhead Yacht Club; Cedar Port Marina; Clearwater Bay Marina; Harbors View Marina; Indian Hills Marina; Port Carlos; Shangri-La Marina; TowBoatU.S. Grand Lake; and Ugly John’s Marina.
For more information on the collection, contact GRDA’s Lori Starks at (918) 256 0644 or Jacklyn Jaggars at (918) 256 0723.
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