GRDA inviting public to participate in online Illinois River user survey

In an effort to establish a parameter for management of the Illinois River in the future, the Grand River Dam Authority is asking for the public’s help.

GRDA has contracted with Oklahoma State University to conduct a survey about the public’s experiences on the river and the value it places on this natural resource. This online survey – which can be found at – will be active September 1 and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Anyone who has experienced the river is invited to participate.

“As we shape our management plan for the Illinois we want the public’s input,” said GRDA Corporate Communications Director Justin Alberty, “so the more river users we can get involved in this survey, the better. We’re encouraging everyone who has experienced these waters to take part.”

Those experiences include floating, fishing, swimming, sight-seeing, camping or any other activity related to the water. The survey includes questions about the most recent experience on the river and also provides the opportunity for the public to evaluate floating experiences and to suggest improvements and enhancements to river management.

On July 1, the Oklahoma Scenic River Commission (OSRC), which had previously managed the Illinois River and its tributaries in Northeast Oklahoma, was absorbed by GRDA. Since that time, GRDA has committed new resources and manpower to river operations. Information gained through this survey will help the Authority map out its long-term plan for protecting and preserving this important natural resource.