GRDA Improves Water Safety Initiatives with Funding

Langley — The Grand River Dam Authority’s ongoing commitment to promoting water safety on its lakes and rivers is always a priority. Recently, that commitment was reinforced when GRDA donated funds to continue a long-standing partnership with the Grand Lake Sail and Power Squadron (GLSPS).

GRDA Community Relations Officer Ed Ferguson (left) presents a check to Ken Moore, GLSPS Commander and Barbara Zinn, coordinator for the life jacket distribution programs.

For many years, GLSPS has been an active advocacy group in the Grand Lake region, promoting boater and water safety through a number of programs. Due to the recent $6,125.00 donation from GRDA, the GLSPS will continue a very important outreach program in 2018; one focused on providing lake users with life jackets. 

“Safety is the core mission of the GRDA Police, and the programs that the GLSPS conducts to distribute life jackets have a positive impact on our ability to reduce casualties on Oklahoma lakes and rivers,” said GRDA Community Relations Officer Ed Ferguson.

Life jackets purchased with those funds will be distributed to lake users through various GLSPS programs and events, added Ferguson.

In fact, the first of these give-away programs took place at the recent Grand Lake Boat and Sport Show in Grove, where the GLSPS handed out free life jackets to children. As part of that effort, GLSPS members also ensured the jackets were properly fitted to each recipient. Most importantly, parents were able to leave the show knowing their children had received the most important piece of equipment they would need for any water-related outing.  

Pat Janiga (left) with the GLSPS made another child and parent happy at the Grand Lake Boat and Sport show in early March by providing the youngster with a new life jacket.

The GLSPS will be conducting a similar life jacket distribution program at the South Grand Lake Camp Bandage event on Saturday, June 9th. This free safety fair for families will be held at the Grand Lake RV Resort in Duck Creek (at 31527 S. 4510 Rd., Afton). The public is encourage to attend the event and bring their children, so that GLSPS can continue to provide properly-fitted life jackets, at no charge.

Of course, the GLSPS also maintains a number of static life jacket loaner stations

GLSPS stocks a variety of life jackets that can be used by the public at the loaner stations on Grand Lake, such as the one shown at the Wolf Creek Park boat ramp in Grove.

around the north Grand Lake area. These stations are equipped with various sizes of life jackets for children and adults and allow users to “borrow” a life jacket before they venture out onto the water. Currently, five life jacket stations are located around the lake for public use, these include the Wolf Creek Park boat ramp, Honey Creek State Park boat ramp, Grand Lake State Park boat ramp in Bernice, Twin Bridges State Park boat ramp and the Elk River boat ramp.

The GLSPS expects to distribute over 500 life jackets this year as a result of the funds provided by the GRDA.

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