Grand River Dam Authority to supply even more renewable energy to Google with new Oklahoma wind farm

VINITA, OKLA. – November 30, 2017 — The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) announced today that it has signed a contract with Google for 140 megawatts (MW) of The Red Dirt Wind Farm. The Red Dirt Wind Farm is a 300-megawatt facility located in Oklahoma’s Kingfisher and Logan counties. Constructed by the project owner and eventual operator, Enel Green Power North America, Inc., the wind farm will be operational by the end of 2017 and will bring GRDA’s total wind generation capacity (combined across several wind farms in Oklahoma) to approximately 385 MW.

“This is another important milestone in GRDA’s continued pursuit of more renewable energy in our generation portfolio,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “The commitment that our partner Google has made to utilizing renewables has always been an important factor in that pursuit.”

Once the wind farm comes online, by the end of 2017 the additional capacity will help Google reach its goal of purchasing enough renewable energy to match its energy consumption for global operations.

“Renewables from projects like Red Dirt bring value to our business as we scale and accelerate investment in the communities where we operate,” said Gary Demasi, Google’s director of global infrastructure. “With solar and wind declining dramatically in cost and propelling significant employment growth, the transition to clean energy is driving unprecedented economic opportunity and doing so faster than we ever anticipated.”

In addition to its power purchase agreement with Red Dirt, GRDA also has a power purchase agreement with the Canadian Hills Wind Farm, near El Reno, Oklahoma. GRDA has been supplying Google’s electricity needs in MAIP since the data center began operations in 2011.

ABOUT GRDA

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

 

GRDA “Rush For Brush” program receives Keep Oklahoma Beautiful award

GRDA’s “Rush For Brush” program was the recipient of the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) “State Government Program” at the recent KOB Environmental Excellence Celebration. Representing GRDA at the banquet were (from left) Vice President of Scenic Rivers Operations (and new KOB Board Member) Ed Fite; Superintendent of Shoreline Enforcement Scott Horton; Ecosystems Management Administrative Coordinator Jacklyn Jaggars; Vice President of Ecosystems and Lake Management Dr. Darrell Townsend; and Biologist Dustin Browning. (photo courtesy Keep Oklahoma Beautiful).

The Grand River Dam Authority’s popular “Rush For Brush” program – established a decade ago to help enhance the fisheries habitat on GRDA lake waters – is the recipient of the 2017 “State Government Program” award, presented by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB). GRDA received the award at the KOB Environmental Excellence Celebration on Saturday, November 17, in Norman.

The GRDA Ecosystems Management Department created the program as a way to enhance the fisheries habitat in the waters of Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. At annual workshops, GRDA supplies the materials and volunteers supply the labor to help construct these habitats from concrete blocks and PVC pipe. Designed to protect fry and fingerlings in the water, the artificial habitats will stay in place longer than a natural brush pile in the lake. After construction, volunteers take the finished habitats and put them at a location of their choosing in the lake. Since the first workshop in 2007, the program’s popularity and participation has continued to rise. At the same time, the fisheries of GRDA lake waters (as well as the fishing reputation among anglers) has also continued to grow.

GRDA Vice President of Ecosystems and Lake Management Dr. Darrell Townsend  and GRDA Ecosystems Management Administrative Coordinator Jacklyn Jaggars were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the organization. Also representing GRDA at the event were Vice President of Scenic Rivers Operations Ed Fite (who was named to the KOB Board of Directors earlier this month); GRDA Superintendent of Shoreline Enforcement Scott Horton and GRDA Biologist Dustin Browning.

According to www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com, KOB is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1965 and is a state affiliate of “Keep America Beautiful” which is a nonprofit organization with a national network of nearly 1,000 participating organizations working together to improve communities through litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification.  Its mission is to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment.”

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

Public Notice of Event Attendance

PUBLIC NOTICE
OF EVENT ATTENDANCE
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, GRAND RIVER DAM AUTHORITY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27TH, 2017

Notice is hereby given that three or more members of the Board of Directors of the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) may gather together to attend the Dedication Ceremony for the GRDA’s Grand River Energy Center’s Unit 3 Combined Cycle Natural Gas Electric Power Generation Unit, on Friday, October 27th, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. This event will be held at GRDA’s Grand River Energy Center, 812 Highway 412B, Chouteau, Oklahoma. The event is by invitation only. No action will be taken.

Note: Posted at Craig County Clerk’s Office, Vinita, Oklahoma; Grand River Dam Authority Administration Headquarters, 226 W. Dwain Willis Avenue, Vinita, Oklahoma; Mayes County Clerk’s Office, Pryor, Oklahoma; GRDA’s Grand River Energy Center, 812 Highway 412B, Chouteau, Oklahoma; and at www.grda.com.

Public Notice of Event Attendance

PUBLIC NOTICE
OF EVENT ATTENDANCE
OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, GRAND RIVER DAM AUTHORITY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, 2017

Notice is hereby given that three or more members of the Board of Directors of the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) may gather together to attend the Construction Partners Dinner to celebrate GRDA’s Grand River Energy Center’s Unit 3 Combined Cycle Natural Gas Electric Power Generation Unit, on Thursday, October 26th, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. This event will be held at The Summit Club, 15 W. 6th St. #2913, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event is by invitation only. No action will be taken.

Note: Posted at Craig County Clerk’s Office, Vinita, Oklahoma; Grand River Dam Authority Administration Headquarters, 226 W. Dwain Willis Avenue, Vinita, Oklahoma; Tulsa County Clerk’s Office, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and at www.grda.com.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION

Grand River Dam Authority Project No. 1494-438

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS

(October 23, 2017)

On November 14 and 15, 2017, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) staff will host a series of public information sessions regarding the procedure for relicensing Grand River Dam Authority’s (GRDA) Pensacola Hydroelectric Project No. 1494 (Pensacola Project). The project is located on the Grand (Neosho) River in Craig, Delaware, Mayes, and Ottawa Counties, Oklahoma.

a. Date, Time, and Location of Meetings:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center
420 OK-28
Langley, OK 74350
(918) 256-5545

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center
420 OK-28
Langley, OK 74350
(918) 256-5545

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Grove City Hall
104 West Third Street
Grove, OK. 74344
(918) 786-6107

b. FERC Contact: Rachel McNamara, 202-502-8340 or rachel.mcnamara@ferc.gov

c. Purpose of Meeting: In January 2018, the Commission will commence relicensing of the project under the Integrated Licensing Process (ILP). To assist local, state, and federal agencies, Indian tribes, and other interested entities and individuals in participating during the relicensing process, Commission staff invite the public to attend information sessions about the ILP and how stakeholders can best participate in the process.

d. Proposed Agenda: Each meeting will include an overview of the ILP and discussion of the specific process plan (schedule) for the Pensacola Project, opportunities for public comment, and how the Commission assesses information needs during the study planning process. There will also be time for stakeholders to ask any additional questions related to the relicensing process.

Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.

GRDA, lake-area partners launch “Adopt the Shoreline” Program

Langley – Thanks to the efforts of lake-area volunteers and business partners, the Grand River Dam Authority is set to launch its new “Adopt the Shoreline” program. The program’s new webpagegrda.com/adopt-the-shoreline — went live earlier this week.

The Grand River Dam Authority, with the help of other lake area organizations, businesses and volunteers, has launched a new “Adopt the Shoreline” program. The program’s new webpage went live earlier this week.

GRDA worked with an advisory board consisting of various stakeholders on Grand Lake to establish the program which is focused on removing trash and debris from the shoreline. Participants will be involved in that effort by “adopting” sections of the shoreline and conducting cleanup efforts on routine basis. GRDA will assist by providing resources necessary to those efforts.

“We’re very excited to be able to roll it out to the lake communities now,” said GRDA Superintendent of Shoreline Enforcement Scott Horton. “We’re looking forward to working with our volunteer groups and hope the public will visit the new webpage.”

The webpage will be a place for the public to learn more about the program and also sign up to participate. A list of the program’s supporting partners and information on the program’s advisory board can also be found on the page.

Patterned after a similar program on Lake of the Ozarks, GRDA’s program will actually divide Grand Lake’s shoreline into 10 zones (the zone map can also be found on the webpage). Each zone will have a coordinator that will be in charge of establishing the volunteer team and organizing cleanup efforts.

GRDA will supply trash bags for the effort and will also be paying the disposal costs for all approved cleanups. Horton added that GRDA is also staffing its own full-time shoreline cleanup crew, complete with a barge and the equipment necessary to remove large debris from the shore.

“GRDA wants to continue to safeguard the ecosystem and enhance the quality of life for all those who use Grand Lake,” said Horton. “We’re going to do our part and look forward to working with all the program volunteers as well.”

Horton added that the “Lend A Hand For Lady Grand’ program has already been successful for many years due to lake-area volunteers and this new program will continue on with that effort, while working to expand both the reach and volunteer base for cleanup efforts.  

For more information on the program, prospective volunteers can email GRDA at adopt@grda.com.

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

GRDA hosting 2017 MESO Lineworkers’ Rodeo

Lineworker Rodeo 2016:Lineworkers place the United States flag and the Oklahoma flag atop a pole during the opening ceremonies for the 2016 MESO Lineworkers Rodeo in Edmond. On October 26, GRDA will host the 2017 rodeo event, Expo Center, just south of the GRDA municipal customer community of Pryor.

Pryor – Electric linemen from public power utilities all across Oklahoma will convene on October 25-26 (Wednesday and Thursday) for the annual Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) Lineworkers’ Rodeo and Safety Training event. The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) is hosting this year’s event at the MidAmerica Expo Center, south of Pryor.

According to GRDA Vice President of Corporate Communications Justin Alberty, lineworker rodeos are a tradition at publicly-owned electric utilities across the country. GRDA sells wholesale electricity to 15 municipal utilities in Oklahoma (including Pryor, a GRDA municipal customer community since 1951) and many of those communities, along with other Oklahoma towns, will send competitors to this event. A total of 55 participants are expected to compete. GRDA personnel will also participate and help facilitate the activities.

“We’re looking forward to the rodeo and to hosting the Oklahoma public power team,” said Alberty. “Not only is this a great chance for friendly competition but also a great opportunity for these participants to work together and learn from each other. We’re excited to have it in Pryor.”

The activities actually begin on Wednesday, October 25 with a day of training and safety presentations. Subjects such as the newest addition of the American Public Power Association Safety Manual and storm readiness efforts will be on the agenda. A vendor exhibition will also be part of the day’s activities.

The rodeo competition will then take place on Thursday (October 26), following an 8AM opening ceremony. After that, apprentices and

Lineworker Rodeo 2016:Lineworkers (on poles) participate in the 2016 MESO Lineworkers Rodeo in Edmond. GRDA will play host to the 2017 competition, at the MidAmerica Expo Center, south of Pryor, on October 26.

journeymen from public power utilities across Oklahoma will participate in several events designed to test their ability in a safe, competitive environment. Speed climb, hurtman rescue, insulator and switch change competitions are all on the agenda, as well as a unique MESO Rodeo competition, the mutual aid event. This last event is designed to simulate circumstances when lineworkers from different utilities work together after incidents such as ice storms or tornados.

“Mutual aid is such an important part of public power in Oklahoma,” said Alberty, “and this event gives participants a chance to strengthen their ties across utilities. That may come in handy following a natural disaster that requires a large rebuild effort involving several utilities working together.”

Alberty added that the public is welcome to grab a lawn chair and come watch these Oklahoma lineworkers put their skills to the test. Again, the actual competition will begin after the 8AM opening ceremony on Thursday, October 26.

MESO is an association of municipally-owned electric utilities that provide electric service to over 400,000 residents. Currently, 63 cities (including GRDA’s 15 customer communities) offer retail electric utility services in Oklahoma. These communities own and operate their own electric distribution systems and revenues generated from their electric sales are used to maintain the system and also to help fund other city services like streets and parks, police and fire. Along with GRDA, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is also sponsoring this year’s MESO Lineworkers Rodeo.

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

GRDA linemen will help restore power in Florida

This group of GRDA employees is headed to the Lakeland, Florida, area on Saturday morning, to provide power restoration assistance following the damage that Hurricane Irma is expected to leave behind. GRDA crews are going as part of a mutual aid agreement among the nation’s publicly-owned electric utilities.

Pryor — With Hurricane Irma expected to cause major damage across the state of Florida over the weekend, electric crews from all across the country stand ready to provide restoration assistance in the days and weeks ahead.

The Grand River Dam Authority is among the utilities that will send aid. On Saturday morning (September 9) a contingent of 30 GRDA linemen and support personnel are headed to the Lakeland, Florida area in a convoy of 20 vehicles. Their trip is in response to a nationwide mutual aid agreement among publicly-owned electric utilities, coordinated by the American Public Power Association (APPA).

At an “all hands” briefing Friday morning, at the GRDA Transmission Headquarters in Pryor,

While images of Hurricane Irma appear on the television screen overhead on Friday morning (September 8), GRDA Superintendent of Powerline Maintenance Chester Rothhammer briefs the powerline maintenance department employees who will make the trip to the Lakeland, Florida area, to help restore power following the damage the hurricane is expected to leave behind. GRDA crews are headed to Florida as part of a mutual aid agreement among the nation’s publicly-owned electric utilities.

GRDA Superintendent of Powerline Maintenance Chester Rothhammer told the group to make preparations for the challenges that lay ahead.

“We all need to take three days of food for ourselves. We need to take a bed roll or a sleeping bag and possibly a cot,” said Rothhammer, who was a member of the GRDA team that provided power restoration assistance in the Jacksonville, Florida area following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

The crew’s goal is to stay clear of the storm but travel close to the area, so it can begin restoration efforts, as needed, by Monday, September 11. Once there, GRDA efforts will be coordinated through Lakeland Electric. Lakeland is located approximately midway between Tampa and Orlando, in central Florida. GRDA crews could be there for up to three weeks.

This mutual aid response to Florida comes on the heels of another GRDA hurricane response. Last week, five GRDA Police officers returned from Houston, Texas, where they assisted with water evacuations following Hurricane Harvey. As stated earlier, line crews also provided aid after Hurricane Matthew last year and, in 2005, GRDA also sent linemen to Louisiana to help with power restoration following Hurricane Rita.

“Our employees are well-trained, they put safety first and they will provide as much assistance as they can for as long as they are needed,” said GRDA Vice President of Corporate Communications Justin Alberty. “We’re proud to be a part of a nationwide public power organization that can assist each other in times of need. We know if we needed similar help here, our public power neighbors would provide it.”

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

GRDA, Mayes County FDs continue Texas response efforts

GRDA Police Officer Billy Blackwell navigates a water rescue boat down a flooded roadway in the Houston area. The boat in the background also contains GRDA officers. They have been in Texas since Monday evening, to help with water rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

A Mayes County contingent of rescue workers, including officers from the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department, along with firemen from Locust Grove, Pryor and Adair and personnel with Mayes County Emergency Management, were continuing their water evacuation efforts in the Houston area on Thursday.

According to reports from GRDA Police, they have made at least 30 rescues in the Memorial City area, including animals (a bird, a rabbit, 6 dogs and 4 cats), since they first began their work on Tuesday.

Their area of rescue operations has some navigational challenges, due to many underwater hazards, however they will continue operations for as long as they are needed.

This team left from Pryor on Monday morning, following a request for assistance from the state of Texas to Oklahoma, which was then relayed through the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. Several Oklahoma counties have sent rescue teams to the Houston area, following the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.

GRDA Police share water safety tips as Labor Day weekend approaches

The Illinois River: An inviting view of the scenic Illinois River. If your Labor Day weekend plans include floating on these waters, the GRDA Police Department wants to remind you to float safe, smart and sober while you enjoy the holiday.

Langley – Heading to the lake or the river for the long Labor Day weekend? If so, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department wants to remind you of some important information that can help promote a safe time on the water.

Whether you are visiting GRDA’s Grand Lake, Lake Hudson or the scenic Illinois River, it is important to remember that enjoyable outings always start with boating (and floating) safe, smart and sober. GRDA officers will be out in full force over the holiday to help reinforce this safety message and assist visitors as they take advantage of the many recreational opportunities on GRDA waters.

“Labor Day weekend is always an active time on the lakes and river and we encourage the public to come out and have a great time,” said GRDA Vice President of Corporate Communications Justin Alberty. “However, that great time always starts with wearing your life jacket and using common sense on the water.”

GRDA has shared the following “Dos and DON’Ts” often, but as you head to the water this

weekend, please keep these in mind:

  • DO wear a life jacket. They float, you don’t. However, they only work if you wear them.  Remember, if you are floating the river, children 13 years of age and under are required to wear a life jacket at all times. On the lake, children 12 years of age and younger are required to wear a life jacket on vessels under 26 feet long. However, we encourage everyone to wear a life jacket at all times.
  • DON’T DRINK AND BOAT. Alcohol use continues to be the single leading factor contributing to boating accidents. Don’t become a statistic.
  • DO know the water and environment you will be boating or floating on.
  • DO keep a good lookout while underway.
  • DO shut your engines off when people are in the water near your boat.
  • DO observe the nautical “rules of the road.”
  • DO check the weather forecast before getting underway.
  • DO keep a balanced load and trim boat.
  • DON’T overload your boat.
  • DON’T ride on the gunwale, bow, seat backs or any place that is not designated for sitting.
  • DON’T swim or boat alone. Stay within sight of companions.
  • Floating the river? DO let the commercial float operator know if you are anyone in your party are a first-time or novice floater(s). They may be able to pair you with an experienced paddler/floater or float you in a raft where there is a lesser chance for capsizing;
  • DON’T dive into the river from bridges, bluffs, stream banks and trees.
  • DO respect the weather and the water. If you are tired while floating, take a break on the bank or on a gravel bar to rest.

For those planning on hitting the water on a personal watercraft (PWC), the GRDA Police also

Grand Lake Holiday: Boaters fill up the waters of Grand Lake during the July 4, 2017 holiday. Scenes like this will likely be repeated over the upcoming Labor Day weekend, so the GRDA Police Department is sharing some important water safety information that can help make your time on the water more enjoyable.

offers these important safety tips:

  • Don’t ride tired: PWC operation requires a real sense of balance. Tired operators do not have as much balance, which means less controlled operation.
  • Watch the weight: Don’t carry more passengers or weight than is recommended in your PWC’s owner manual. The heavier the load, the harder it is to handle and turn your PWC.
  • Watch out for others: Because lake traffic changes constantly, riders have to be very aware of their surroundings at all times.
  • Know what the craft is capable of: Just because you have ridden a PWC before, don’t assume they are all the same. For the most part, they are very similar, but riders must be educated about the specifics of the craft they are operating.
  • Know where you are: It is very important to know your location on the water. Are you near hazards such as rocks, buoys or sandbars? Are you in a place that is popular with skiers? Even though PWCs are designed to operate in shallow waters, it is important to remember that shallow water can become no water in a hurry. Avoid such areas.
  • Never drink and ride: PWC operation requires clear thinking, quick decisions, the ability to focus, depth perception, ability to judge speed and distance and ability to track moving objects. Alcohol impairs all these abilities while also affecting balance. Oftentimes, PWC injuries occur when people fall into the water and are too inebriated to climb back on board.
  • Watch your speed: Many PWC accidents are a result of excessive speed. PWC operators must match their speed to their skills. Don’t be overmatched by traveling too fast.

Want more information? DO check out additional boating laws at: www.grda.com/grda-boating-laws.

Also, please be aware of the signs, buoys, sirens, fencing and flashing lights you may see around Pensacola Dam, Robert S. Kerr Dam, the Salina Pumped Storage Project and the Low Water Dam. These are all intended to notify you of areas where water may rise swiftly, no trespassing or no diving is allowed or footing is unstable.

For more information about the GRDA Police Department or how an officer can assist you, contact the department at (918) 256-0911. Finally, if you need assistance from your boat, the GRDA Police Department encourages you to call 911. If you do not have a cell phone available, you can radio the GRDA Police on Marine Band 16.

Finally, GRDA reminds you that Labor Day Weekend is a great chance to take advantage of the free tours of historic Pensacola Dam before the tour season ends. Tours originate from the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center, located just west of the dam, in Langley. If you are planning on taking the tour, remember to wear comfortable shoes (there is a fair amount of walking involved) and dress for the weather. Also, all persons over 18 are required to present some form of ID. Please be prepared to show that before taking the free tour of an Oklahoma structure that has captured the interest of the public since 1940.

Whether you are coming to the lake, to the river, to the dam or maybe to all three, GRDA encourages you to keep these tips in mind as you enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

GRDA opens Ottawa County property to controlled hunts

A buck, captured on this trail camera image, makes its way across a portion of GRDA’s property, adjacent to the Neosho River in Ottawa County. GRDA is opening up this area to controlled hunts this fall, for both deer and waterfowl.

Langley – As it opens up some of its Ottawa County property for controlled hunts this coming fall, the Grand River Dam Authority is announcing that the public can now register for those hunts online.

Prospective hunters can access the online registration at www.grda.com/grda-hunting-drawing. This webpage allows users to sign up for controlled hunts, beginning in the fall, on GRDA property along the Neosho River. Combined, GRDA is opening up approximately 1,800 acres for these hunts.

To complete an online registration, prospective

Ducks taking flight on GRDA property adjacent to the Neosho River in Ottawa County. GRDA is opening up this area to controlled hunts this fall, for both deer and waterfowl.

hunters are required to upload a copy of their driver’s license and hunting license. While the hunts are open to the public, GRDA also asks that residents of its municipal customer, public power communities upload a copy of a utility bill as proof of residence for consideration for special opening day hunts. The controlled hunts for deer and waterfowl will begin this fall. In the spring, there will also be a controlled hunt for turkey. Prospective hunters can apply for all of these hunts online now.

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

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11:30AM on Friday, August 18:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 744.29 feet. Daily target elevation for August 18 is 743 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 2,232 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 12,050 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 14,282 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 37,738 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 620.27 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 14,603 cfs.

 

The United States Army Corps of Engineers does not anticipate any further gate operations for the weekend at this time.

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Portions of Wolf Creek to be closed during boat races

The Grand River Dam Authority Police Department is announcing that portions of the Wolf Creek arm of Grand Lake, as well as the Wolf Creek boat ramp, will be closed during the Fifth  Annual Thunder on Wolf Creek racing event, August 18, 19 and 20 (Friday through Sunday). However, during this time, the department added that home owners will be allowed access to their private docks with proof of residency.

All vessel operators should watch for special event navigational buoys and officers that will be present in the area.

According to the Oklahoma Boat Racing Association (OBRA), the race will feature dozens of boats in 24 heats running an oval course at speeds up to 90 miles per hour. The event is slated to include 50 racing teams and is expected to draw around 3,000 spectators. 

Holway boat ramp remains open for use

Work continues at the northwest boat ramp on GRDA’s W.R. Holway Reservoir. New amenities, expected to be completed this fall, are intended to enhance public access at the site.

Salina – The Grand River Dam Authority’s project to upgrade public access at the W.R. Holway

Reservoir’s northwest boat ramp is well underway as construction crews continue to work on the new covered pavilion and concrete parking area.

While the work progresses, GRDA is informing the public that the northwest boat ramp remains open for use, however visitors are being asked to park on the west side of the rock pile near the ramp, to accommodate deliveries associated with the construction work.

 GRDA expects the all the work at the site to be completed later this fall.

GRDA bond issue gets rating news from Moody’s, Fitch

Vinita – A $91.3 million Grand River Dam Authority bond issue will go forward later this month with an “A1” rating from Moody’s Investor Services, and an “A+” rating from Fitch Ratings. Both agencies, which assigned the ratings in early August, also gave the GRDA issue a “stable” outlook.

“Proceeds from this bond issue will be used to refund a previous issue,” said GRDA Chief Financial Officer Eddie Rothermel. “We’re pleased that we can move forward with this issue, carrying these strong ratings from Moody’s and Fitch.”

Pricing will take place on August 8 and 9.

According to Moody’s, the stable outlook reflects “expectations that GRDA’s cost competitiveness and improved financial profile will be maintained as its industrial load requirement increases.” Meanwhile in its findings, Fitch noted that GRDA’s “financial metrics continued to strengthen in 2016” with GRDA’s financial projections through 2021 showing a strong debt service coverage.

The ratings on the latest bond issue are consistent with GRDA’s trend of improvement in overall credit ratings, dating back to 2005. Today, the Authority maintains the highest credit ratings in its history from Moody’s and Fitch.

“This trend affirms the effort that our board, staff and workforce have put into making GRDA a stable, efficient and financially sound agency,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “We’re pleased to move forward with a bond issue that will help to save our ratepayers money.”

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

GRDA reschedules Lake Hudson Rush For Brush

Langley Severe weather in Oklahoma may have caused the postponement of one of the Grand River Dam Authority’s popular “Rush For Brush” workshops on May 20, but, thanks to a new partnership, a bigger and better event is now in the works for August.

On Saturday, August 26, the GRDA Ecosystems Management Department – which has been hosting Rush For Brush artificial habitat construction workshops since 2007 – will team with the Indian Territories Chapter of Quail Forever to host its workshop in conjunction with the chapter’s annual youth day event.To be held at Longcrier RV Park on Lake Hudson, the day will be an opportunity for volunteers to once again construct the artificial fish habitats. At the same time and location, the Chapter will have a BB gun booth for kids, a shotgun shoot and kayaking opportunities (with a lifeguard on duty). Quail Forever will also be providing free hotdogs, hamburgers and water for all participants.

“We thought this would be a great way to present another Rush For Brush workshop this year, while also allowing participants to take part in the activities Quail Forever is bringing to the lake,” said GRDA Darrell Townsend, Vice President of Ecosystems and Lake Management. “We’re looking forward to working with the chapter on this event.”

GRDA anticipates a large turnout for the workshop and is asking participants to register to insure that enough materials are available. You can register online by clicking on the “Lake Information” dropdown menu on grda.com, then following the “2017 Lake Events” link to “Rush For Brush Registration.” You can also contact the GRDA Ecosystems Management Department at (918) 256 0895.

Longcrier RV Park is located at 2906 E 4675 Road, in Pryor. Turn east on E440 Road off of Highway 69 and follow E440 past Camp Dry Gulch, continuing on until you reach Longcrier RV Park.

 

 

GRDA Police Implement Navigation Restrictions for the GLOC Boat Races

Langley – The Grand River Dam Authority Police Department is announcing that temporary boating navigation restrictions will be in place near the Sailboat Bridge area of Grand Lake on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15. The temporary restrictions will be in place to help accommodate the GLOC Shootout event during those dates.

According to GRDA Police, the restrictions will include a posted “No Wake” area for the event that will take place in the main channel of the lake, west of Sailboat Bridge. The restrictions will be in effect during the daytime on both dates and marked by special event buoys. All vessel operators should watch for special event navigational buoys, as well as event staff and officers that will be present in the area, and adhere to the no wake restrictions.

The GLOC Shootout is an annual drag boat race held on Grand Lake and expects to draw a crowd of spectators estimated at 15,000 both on land and on boats.

 

Notice To The Public

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Please take notice that The Grand River Dam Authority has received an application for a private dock requiring directional bearing. Such directional bearing relates to a dock application for a private dock which if approved shall extend 99 feet across a cove, which measures 169.5 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: Joanna H. Potts Revocable Trust

Location: Ketchum

Lake Address: 35942 S 4490 Road, Ketchum, OK 74133

Legal Description: Township 23N, Range 21E, Section 1

Project: Private Dock

If you would like to request additional information, please address your request to the Grand River Dam Authority Administration Headquarters, P. O. Box 409, Vinita, Oklahoma 74301 or call (918) 256-0632.

GRDA, lake partners implementing “adopt the shoreline”

Langley – A new initiative, intended to protect and preserve the scenic beauty of the Grand Lake shoreline, will soon make its debut along the water’s edge.

The “Adopt The Shoreline” program is the result of a coordinated effort among the Grand River Dam Authority, Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron, Grand Lake Association, “Grow With Grove” Steering Committee and community volunteers. Currently in the final phases of organization, the program will utilize lake-area volunteers in ongoing efforts to maintain the scenic shoreline of Grand Lake.

“This is patterned after a very successful program they already have in place on Lake of the Ozarks,” said GRDA Superintendent of Shoreline Enforcement Scott Horton. “We’ve had the opportunity to review that program and are excited to bring something similar to Grand.”

According to Horton, GRDA realized the real need for an ongoing shoreline cleanup initiative after routine aerial surveys of Grand Lake. While the “Lend A Hand For Lady Grand” program has been successful for many years, this new effort is expected to expand both the reach and volunteer base for cleanup efforts.

“The goal is to divide the shoreline into 10 zones,” said Horton. “There will be a coordinator for each zone and they will organize their volunteer team to clean up their adopted shoreline areas.”

GRDA will supply trash bags for the effort and will also be paying the disposal costs for all approved “Adopt A Shoreline” cleanups. The Authority will also be staffing its own full-time shoreline cleanup crew, complete with a barge and the equipment necessary to remove large debris from the shore. Horton said the effort will be highlighted by large cleanup events in the fall and again in the spring.

To support the program, GRDA is currently developing a special “Adopt A Shoreline” website that is expected to launch later this summer (more info will be available soon).

“I’m very excited about this program. I think it will be a tremendous benefit to the lake area and will allow us to preserve the beauty of the Grand shoreline,” said Horton.

GRDA offers safe boating tips for July 4 holiday

Duck Creek Boating RulesLangley — For many lake enthusiasts, the July 4th holiday marks the high point of the summer season on Oklahoma’s water playgrounds. The Grand River Dam Authority’s Grand and Hudson lakes are certainly no exception, as large crowds are expected to hit the water for boating, swimming, skiing, tubing, cruising or simply relaxing along the shore.

With that in mind, the GRDA Police Department wants to remind all those lake visitors that “boating safe, boating smart and boating sober” is still the best way to spend time on the water.

One very special message the GRDA Police share with Grand Lake visitors each Fourth of July is the reminder that special boating rules are in effect for the Duck Creek arm of the lake. Those rules are as follows:

  • All watercraft wider than 8.5 feet shall operate at “Idle” and avoid producing a wake at all times in Duck Creek. (If the vessel is wider than 8.5 feet, Duck Creek is no wake for the vessel at all times regardless of length).
  • All watercraft longer than 30 feet shall operate at “Idle” and avoid producing a wake at all times in Duck Creek. (If the vessel is longer than 30 feet, Duck Creek is no wake for the vessel at all times regardless of width).
  • All watercraft smaller than both measurements listed above may operate on plane not to exceed 30 mph in Duck Creek from official sunrise to official sunset.
  • All watercraft must “Idle” and avoid producing a wake from official sunset to official sunrise (night time) in Duck Creek between May 1 and Oct 1. (No wake in Duck Creek for all vessels at night).
  • All Watercraft must stay to the right of the center lane of buoys and at least 150 feet away from any dock, breakwater, structure, or shoreline.
  • On the actual day of the Duck Creek Fireworks (Monday, July 3, 2017) all watercraft shall operate at “Idle” and avoid producing a wake at all times in Duck Creek (all day, all night).
  • The area known as “The Turn” (area near Harbor’s View and Ugly John’s) is a no wake zone for all vessels at all times.

The following tips can also be helpful to lake visitors as they plan a trip to GRDA lakes this summer.

  • Before you leave the dock, know the stability, load capability and handling of the vessel you are operating. Remember, every boat is different. Check the water conditions and know where hazards like sandbars and stump beds are located.
  • Before you leave the dock, check the weather conditions. Don’t get caught on the lake in a storm you could have avoided.
  • Airplane pilots file a flight plan. Boaters need a float plan. Tell someone responsible where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Don’t drink and boat! Most lake accidents are alcohol related. Don’t become a statistic.
  • All boats must be equipped with certain safety equipment, but this equipment is useless if you don’t know how to use it. Learn how to properly use all the safety equipment on your boat.
  • Double-check to see if you have all the required safety equipment on your boat:
    ‐ Life jackets (for all passengers)
    ‐ Bailing device
    ‐ Fire extinguisher
    ‐ Horn or whistle
    ‐ Throwable cushions
    ‐ Anchor
    ‐ Oar
    ‐ Operating boat lights

For more information about the GRDA Police Department or how an officer can assist you, contact the department at (918) 256-0911 or visit grda.com. Finally, if you need assistance from your boat, the GRDA Police Department encourages you to call 911. If you do not have a cell phone available, you can radio the GRDA Police on Marine Band 16.

GRDA removes all BGA advisories for Grand Lake

Langley- The Grand River Dam Authority is reporting that the most recent results from its water sample testing in Grand and Hudson Lakes have shown a negligible presence of blue green algae (BGA) toxins. Due to these results, GRDA is removing its public swim advisories for Grand Lake.

“We want to thank the public and the lake community for all the cooperation during these advisories,” said GRDA Vice President of Corporate Communications Justin Alberty. “We will continue our regular monitoring efforts across the lakes but based on the most recent tests we believe it is safe to remove the advisories.”

Those advisories had been in place for the Fly Creek and Highway 85A bridge areas of Grand Lake. No BGA blooms have been confirmed in any other area of the lakes. While GRDA continues to monitor water quality on both Grand and Hudson, algae blooms are dynamic and develop rapidly. It is recommended that individuals avoid swimming or participating in water recreational activities in areas where the water is discolored or where you see foam, scum or mats of algae on the water. The public is asked to report these areas of concern to GRDA at 918-256-0911.

“We expect both Grand and Hudson lakes to be in really good shape for the upcoming July 4 holiday,” said Alberty. “We encourage the public to come out and have a great time.”

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

GRDA Variance Request from Grand Lake Rule Curve Requirements in 2017

Vinita – The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) is submitting a request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which proposes a temporary variance to rule curve requirements for Grand Lake elevations for the period August 15 through October 31, 2017. If approved by FERC, GRDA would not be required to lower the elevation of Grand Lake from 744 feet to 741 feet during that period.

As in prior years, GRDA proposes to institute a slightly modified rule curve for the lake’s elevation during this time period to protect safety and property during the peak recreation season of 2017, including Labor Day weekend. The variance request is the same as those granted by FERC in 2015 and 2016.

GRDA intends to file the variance request with FERC on July 10, 2017. To help facilitate this filing date, GRDA requests written comments on this proposal by July 7, 2017. The public can review the variance request on GRDA’s website, grda.com. Please send your comments via email to Teresa Hicks at thicks@grda.com. Comments can also be sent via U.S. Mail to:

Attention: Teresa Hicks
PO Box 409
226 West Dwain Willis Avenue
Vinita OK 74301.

All comments received by GRDA on this proposal by July 10 will be fully considered and made a part of the record of consultation included in the FERC filing.

All questions related to this draft 2017 rule curve variance request should be directed to Nathan Reese at 918-530-8247 or nreese@grda.com.

Draft Variance

GRDA reports BGA conditions improving

Langley — The Grand River Dam Authority is reporting that the most recent results from water sample testing in Grand Lake has shown a significant decrease in levels of blue green algae (BGA) toxins.

Those results are from water samples gathered Friday morning (June 23) from the Fly Creek and Highway 85A bridge areas of the lake. Both areas are currently under a BGA advisory. According to the GRDA Ecosystems Management Department, the results demonstrate an improvement in the BGA outbreak, as conditions continue to improve. However, at this time, the advisories in place for these areas of the lake remain in place.

“We’re very encouraged by what we have seen in the most recent test results,” said GRDA Vice President of Corporate Communications Justin Alberty. “We hope we will be able to lift the advisories soon, but for the time being we do ask the public to continue to use caution in these areas of the lake.”

Alberty again stressed that all other areas of Grand Lake are free of any advisories and the public is encouraged to come and enjoy the lake. GRDA will also continue its water sampling for as long as conditions warrant.

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

GRDA expanding blue green algae advisory

Langley, OK – The Grand River Dam Authority Ecosystems Management Department is reporting that its latest water testing has confirmed the presence of blue green algae (BGA) in an area of Grand Lake just south of the Highway 85A bridge over Horse Creek and extending near the shoreline of Grand Lake State Park at Bernice. Due to these results, GRDA is advising the public to avoid bodily contact with water in this area. The BGA advisory, issued last Friday for the Fly Creek area of the lake, also remains in place.

“We’re expanding our advisory to this area due to our latest water sampling results,” said GRDA Vice President of Corporate Communications Justin Alberty. “We’re asking the public to take precautions and avoid contact with the water in the Fly Creek and areas of Horse Creek around the Highway 85A bridge.”

Alberty did stress that BGA has only been confirmed in these areas of Grand Lake and the overwhelming majority of the lake is not impacted by these advisories. “There are many other areas and recreational opportunities on this lake for the public to come and enjoy,” he said. “We encourage everyone to come out to Grand but please be aware of the advisories for these specific areas.”

It is recommended that individuals avoid swimming or participating in water recreational activities in areas where the water is discolored or where you see foam, scum or mats of algae on the water. BGA may resemble thick pea soup, green paint or bluish, brownish or reddish-green paint. When BGA washes up on shore, it can form a thick mat on the beach. BGA can reproduce rapidly in water bodies with adequate amounts of sunlight and nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen.

If you see a BGA bloom, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality recommends that you avoid all contact with the water, keep your pets and livestock away from the water and immediately contact DEQ at 800-522-0206 or GRDA at 918-256-0911.

GRDA reports BGA level in Fly Creek arm of Grand remains high

Langley – The Grand River Dam Authority is reporting that the most recent results from water sample testing in the Fly Creek arm of Grand Lake have shown that the level of blue green algae (BGA) remains high in that area.

Those results are from water samples gathered by the GRDA Ecosystems Management Department on Saturday morning, June 17.

GRDA first reported the presence of BGA with microcystins levels greater than 100 micrograms per liter, on Friday June 16. BGA at densities more than 100,000 cells per milliliter with more than 20 micrograms per liter of microcystins is considered toxic.

The public advisory to avoid bodily contact with water in the Fly Creek area of Grand Lake remains in place. All other areas of Grand Lake are open, with no advisories in place. GRDA will continue to monitor the Fly Creek area on a daily basis, as long as conditions warrant.

If you see a BGA bloom, ODEQ recommends that you avoid all contact with the water, keep your pets and livestock away from the water and immediately contact DEQ at 800-522-0206 or GRDA at 918-256-0911.