GRDA, lake area businesses and stakeholders work together on major shoreline cleanup

GRDA’s Zachary Johnston and Justin Nowlin doing their part to remove old dock foam from the shores of Grand Lake. A new shoreline cleanup effort is ramping up now with GRDA and many lake-area businesses asking the public to join the effort.

GRDA’s Zachary Johnston and Justin Nowlin doing their part to remove old dock foam from the shores of Grand Lake. A new shoreline cleanup effort is ramping up now with GRDA and many lake-area businesses asking the public to join the effort.

Langley – When the national spotlight shines bright on Grand Lake during the Bassmaster Classic (February 22-24) the goal of the Grand River Dam Authority and a large group of lake-related businesses is to have shoreline debris – specifically old dock foam – out of the picture. To accomplish that goal, they are partnering together for a large, multi-day shoreline cleanup effort and asking the public to take part.

“It’s exciting to see so many members of the lake’s business community come together for this effort,” said GRDA Lake Relations Coordinator Lori Starks. “Their concern for the lake, and their interest in promoting it to the world, is evident.”

As part of the effort, several dock builders will use their construction barges and other equipment to move old dock foam from the shoreline to collection sites around the lake. Other businesses will also participate in the clean-up effort and provide locations for the public to dispose of old foam.

Those interested in disposing of old foam (please no household trash), can deliver it to the following collections sites between February 6 and 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 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.”
Following the collection, GRDA will use its equipment to transport the foam to Covanta, a waste-to-energy facility in Tulsa.

“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.

Partners 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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