The primary mission of the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) is to provide low cost, reliable electric power and related services to our customers. However, enabling legislation, (dating back to the dam’s inception in 1935), states that the GRDA is a conservation and reclamation district for the waters of the Grand River and its tributaries. In keeping with that same spirit, GRDA’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Easley, created a new department in 2004 to demonstrate a renewed commitment to conservation and restoration within the organization. To reinforce that commitment GRDA has provided the necessary infra-structure and resources to address the complex issues threatening the integrity and function of our watershed. GRDA’s state-of-the-art water quality and research lab located within the new Ecosystems and Education Center and subsequent long term partnerships with the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are laying the foundation to address the challenges facing natural resource scientists in the 21st Century.
Because concerns stemming from the negative impacts among land-water interactions arise primarily from soil erosion, nutrients and contaminants entering our reservoirs throughout the watershed, it is our primary goal to support conservation and restoration efforts at larger spatial scales. Thus, building cooperative relationships throughout the watershed can facilitate communication between scientists and managers alike and allows for efficient use of resources to accomplish our goals and objectives at such scales. As a result, we would like to invite you to GRDA’s 1st Annual Grand Lake Watershed Conference, developed in cooperation with the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Conference topics are designed to highlight current conservation activities throughout the watershed and to introduce GRDA’s basic plan to address these issues in the coming years.
Ecosystems and Education Center
420 Hwy 28
PO Box 70
Langley, OK 74350-0070