GRDA CEO appointed to national public power association committees

GRDA CEO Dan Sullivan

GRDA CEO Dan Sullivan

Vinita – Calling it an opportunity to continue to serve Oklahoma public power on a national level, Grand River Dam Authority Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan has accepted appointments to two American Public Power Association (APPA) committees.

During the next year, Sullivan – a member of the APPA Board of Directors since October 2013 – will serve both on the board’s “Strategic Plan Implementation” and “Finance & Audit Review” committees. He was appointed to both committees on Friday, August 12.

“I look forward to the work ahead of each committee,” said Sullivan, who previously served on the APPA CEO Climate Change and Generation Policy Task Force. “This continues to be an important opportunity to help shape national public power policies in a way that will benefit Oklahoma customers.”

Based in the Washington, D.C., metro area, APPA is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned (public power) electric utilities, including 16 Oklahoma communities that purchase wholesale electricity from GRDA. Across the nation, 1 in 7 of the nation’s electric customers receives power from a public power utility. In Oklahoma, 1 of every 10 communities owns and operates its own electric utility.

“With so many issues facing the electricity industry now, such as electric grid security and reliability, environmental regulations and funding issues, strategic planning will be central to public power’s efforts to maintain the competitive rates and reliability standards it has set,” said Sullivan. “I want to help preserve for those Oklahoma customers.”

Sullivan added that his role on the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee will be geared towards federal regulations and the impact of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) actions on public power.

On the Finance & Audit Review Committee, Sullivan will work alongside other APPA board members to provide financial oversight to the organization, by monitoring the integrity of APPA’s financial reporting and internal controls. The committee will also monitor the independence and performance of APPA’s external auditors.

“Like GRDA, all of our Oklahoma customer communities are also APPA members,” said Sullivan, “so we all have a stake in a healthy financial position for the organization. I am excited to be a part of this process.”

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s low-cost, reliable power touches 75 of 77 counties in the state and serves as an important economic development engine for Oklahoma. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years. The efforts of Team GRDA facilitate over $450 million in economic activity in Oklahoma annually.

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FERC approves GRDA variance request for Grand Lake rule curve

This is an illustration of the Grand Lake “proposed rule curve” variance GRDA submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). On Friday, August 14, FERC approved the proposed rule curve (blue line) for the remainder of 2015. The lake will be lowered to 743 feet through mid-September before dropping to 742 feet for the fall and winter months.

This is an illustration of the Grand Lake “proposed rule curve” variance GRDA submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). On Friday, August 14, FERC approved the proposed rule curve (blue line) for the remainder of 2015. The lake will be lowered to 743 feet through mid-September before dropping to 742 feet for the fall and winter months.

Vinita – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) recent approval of a Grand River Dam Authority request means Grand Lake will be maintained at a higher elevation over the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

On Friday, August 14, FERC approved the GRDA request to deviate from the “normal” elevation for Grand Lake, as mandated by GRDA’s license, issued by FERC, to operate the Pensacola Dam. That normal rule curve requires the lake to be lowered to 741 feet in mid-August, and held there through mid-October. However, with FERC’s approval, Grand will only go to 743 feet through mid-September before dropping to 742 feet for the fall and winter months.

In past years, the lower 741 feet elevation over the Labor Day holiday and remainder of the peak recreation season on the lake, has caused problems for boaters, dock owners and marinas. In its request, GRDA stressed the safety problems caused by the lower elevation, as well as the negative impact on the area economy Labor Day weekend. In the early 1990s, the mid-August drawdown was done to facilitate a millet seeding program around the shores of the lake. However that program has never achieved its intended goals and, in some years, was not even completed, although the drawdown was still required.

The timeline on the GRDA request began on May 29, when the Authority initially asked FERC for the variance. On June 26, that request was denied by FERC, however on July 30 GRDA asked for reconsideration and submitted more information to support the variance.

“We are very pleased with FERC’s approval of our variance request for Grand Lake for the remainder of the summer. We are appreciative of the fact that FERC quickly acted to evaluate our supplemental information filed on July 30th,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan, adding that support from lake area constituents and Oklahoma’s elected officials was also key.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Senator Inhofe in elevating the importance of this issue along with Governor Mary Fallin, Senator Lankford and Congressman Markwayne Mullin,” he said.

While this variance will be in place for the remainder of the 2015 boating season, Sullivan said GRDA is still working towards a permanent plan to address these issues, year after year.

“GRDA continues to seek a long-term solution to the lake level issue which would give us more operational control over the lake, while balancing all of the other stakeholder concerns of hydroelectric generation, flood control and recreation,” he said.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s low-cost, reliable power touches 75 of 77 counties in the state and serves as an important economic development engine for Oklahoma. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years. The efforts of Team GRDA facilitate over $450 million in economic activity in Oklahoma annually.

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Know the facts, take the necessary precautions… GRDA sharing information to help prevent CO exposure

The good news is, virtually all carbon monoxide poisoning incidents while boating are preventable. GRDA is sharing the facts so boaters can educate themselves and take precautions before heading out on the water.

The good news is, virtually all carbon monoxide poisoning incidents while boating are preventable. GRDA is sharing the facts so boaters can educate themselves and take precautions before heading out on the water.

Langley – A July 4 fatality on Grand Lake – being investigated as a possible carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – is prompting the Grand River Dam Authority to share more information about CO, the “station wagon” effect and the possible dangers it can present to boaters.

“It is certainly something boaters need to be aware of,” said GRDA Chief of Law Enforcement/Lake Operations Brian Edwards. “The station wagon effect is essentially when fumes from a boat’s exhaust travel back into the boat or accumulate in an area near the boat where swimmers may be in the water.”

Edwards said the death of Myron Posivak (42, Arizona) on Grand Lake on July 4 has been attributed to CO poisoning. In that incident, five other passengers on the same boat with Posivak were also made sick.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CO can build up near the rear swim deck or water platform of larger boats equipped with generators that vent towards the rear. CO that builds up in the air space below the stern deck or around the swim deck can prove deadly, within a few seconds of exposure. Boats traveling at slow speeds, or idling in the water, can cause CO to build up in the cabin, cockpit, bridge, aft deck or even open areas of the boat. Wind blowing in from the back of the boat can also increase the chances of a CO buildup. Boats operating at a high bow angle, or boats that are improperly or heavily loaded, or boats with an opening that draws in exhaust, can also lead to CO buildup.

“The good news is that virtually all CO poisonings are preventable,” said Edwards. “However, it’s important to know the facts, so that you can protect yourself and your passengers. Then you can go enjoy your time on the water.”

To help educate boaters, GRDA is sharing the following information:

  •  Install approved, battery operated CO detectors in each accommodation area of your boat. Test them before each trip out.
  • Properly install and maintain all fuel-burning engines and appliances on your boat.
  • Have your boat’s engine and exhaust systems maintained and inspected on a regular basis by experienced and trained mechanics.
  • Even in inclement weather, keep forward facing hatches open to allow fresh air to circulate in accommodation spaces. When possible, operate the boat so that prevailing winds will help dissipate exhaust.
  • Educate all passengers about the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning:

– Headache
– Confusion
– Fatigue
– Seizures
– Dizziness or loss of consciousness
– Nausea
– Remember, CO cannot be seen or smelled.
– If anyone has these symptoms, move them to fresh air immediately and investigate the cause and take corrective action. Seek medical attention if necessary.
– Swim and play away from areas where engines vent their exhaust

  • Watch children closely when they play on rear swim decks or water platforms
  • Never block exhaust outlets. Blocking outlets can cause CO to build up in the cabin and cockpit areas, even when hatches, windows, portholes and doors are closed.
  • Dock, beach or anchor your boat at least 20 feet from the nearest boat that is a running a generator or engine. Exhaust form a nearby vessel can send CO into the cabin or cockpit of a boat.

“Taking these precautions and educating yourself on the facts of carbon monoxide and boating can go a long way in helping to keep boaters safe,” said Edwards. He added that the public can also find even more information about CO and boating on the United States Coast Guard’s boating information site at http://www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/carbon-monoxide.php.

Also, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website,http://www.cdc.gov/co/boating.htm for more information.

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 12:00PM on Monday, July 20:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 745.95 feet. Daily target elevation for July 20 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, three (3) east spillway floodgates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 5,340 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing  13,870 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 19,210 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 12,360 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 622.97 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,290 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,290 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 19,930 cfs.

 

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 10:00AM on Friday, July 17:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 747.37 feet. Daily target elevation for July 17 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, four (4) east spillway floodgates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 10,344 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing  13,933 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 24,277 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 12,154 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 624.08 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,290 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,290 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 25,326 cfs.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has not indicated any gate changes for today or for the weekend.

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Save The Dates

Mark your calendars now and plan to help GRDA celebrate the 75th birthday of Pensacola Dam and Grand Lake. On Friday, August 7 at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley, there will be cake, Cherry Berry frozen yogurt and historical displays to help recognize this very special milestone in the dam’s history. The event starts at 7pm, and the public is invited to take part.

After the party, plan to head down to the Grand Cherokee Golf Course (below the dam) to catch a free outdoor movie, courtesy of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. There will be popcorn and drinks available for purchase, but bring blankets and/or chairs.

Then, on Saturday, August 8, several lake area businesses and organizations will continue the celebration on the lake, with a “Woodstock on the Water” raft up/concert on the beach at Disney State Park, on the east end of Pensacola Dam. The show is set to begin at 11AM with Travis Kidd Band, Kirkland Field, Bootlegger’s Union, Reverse Reaction, Jim Sweeney and Chris Campbell all taking the stage. Other events throughout the day include a classic boat parade, a ski/wake board/surf event, rock climbers and more.

Available GRDA Public Boat Ramps

GRDA’s Public Boat Ramps that are available for use as of 07/16/2015. Please use extra caution when using the ramps as their might be structures underwater that cannot be seen.

Grand Lake

Duck Creek (Ketchum) Access–Closed
Wolf Creek (City of Grove) Access-Open
GRDA Helicopter Hanger-Open
Monkey Island (Shangri La) Access-Open
Big Hollow Access-Open
Grand Lake

Lake Hudson

Covey Cove Access-Closed
Rock Creek Access-Closed
Turnaround-Closed
Boatman Road (Lake Side)-Closed
Dogwood Access-Open
Lions Club Ramp (Salina)-Open
Salina Mudflats-Open
Boatman Road (River Side)-Open

Lake Hudson

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 10AM on Wednesday, July 15:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 748.35 feet. Daily target elevation for July 15 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, four (4) east spillway floodgates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 12,440 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing  13,930 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 26,370 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 15,770 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 625.59 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,290 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,290 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 27,891 cfs.

 

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11AM on Monday, July 13:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 749.40 feet. Daily target elevation for July 13 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) east spillway floodgates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 6,796 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing  13,870 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 20,666 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 13,688 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 628.47 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) floodgate was open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 14,276 cfs of water.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,290 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 48,566 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 23,067 cfs.

 

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11:00AM on Thursday, July 9:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 748.40 feet. Daily target elevation for July 9 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, nine (9) floodgates (east spillway) were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 28,260 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,292 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 41,552 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 56,074 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 623.54 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,290 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,290 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 46,166 cfs.

 

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11:00AM on Wednesday, July 8:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 747.41 feet. Daily target elevation for July 8 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, seven (7) floodgates (east spillway) were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 18,242 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,005 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 31,247 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 34,008 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 621.80 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 33,210 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 33,210 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 38,372 cfs.

 

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11AM on Tuesday, July 7:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 747.12 feet. Daily target elevation for July 7 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, three (3) floodgates (east spillway) were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 7,380 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 12,943 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 20,323 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 13,615 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 622.92 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,290 cfs of water through generation.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 20,873 cfs.

 

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As water conditions continue to improve … GRDA lakes ready to welcome visitors over July 4 holiday

Langley – Despite historic rainfalls and elevated lake levels in recent weeks, the Grand River Dam Authority is reporting that conditions on Grand Lake continue to improve, just ahead of the July 4th holiday.

“The lake is in good shape and we expect to see a lot of visitors enjoying the water over the holiday weekend,” said GRDA Corporate Communications Director Justin Alberty. “The water level is steadily returning to normal and the lakes are open for business.”

Alberty added that the latest projections from the United States Army Corps of Engineers showed that Grand Lake would only be about 3.5 feet above normal on July 4, with GRDA’s Lake Hudson at roughly 6.5 feet above normal for the weekend.

The Corps was also directing GRDA to close the last floodgate on Pensacola Dam’s east spillways on Thursday afternoon (July 2). With that gate closed, Alberty said the boat ramps located between the spillways (east of Disney) would be open for the weekend.

For those visiting the lake area near the dam, the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center (420 Highway 28) in Langley will also be open throughout the holiday weekend, as a resource for those visiting the lake.

“It’s a great place to pick up information like lake maps, the GRDA lake guide or other materials that can help make a visit to the area more enjoyable,” said Alberty, adding that free tours of GRDA’s historic Pensacola Dam – which originate from the Ecosystems Center – will also be available all weekend.

Around the lake area, several fireworks displays are also scheduled during the weekend. Disney’s annual Cliff Elliott Memorial Fireworks Show is scheduled for Friday, July 3 at 9:30PM. The Monkey Island Fireworks Show is also Friday, as well as the City of Grove’s “Happy Birthday America” Celebration, from 6-10PM, with fireworks scheduled for 9PM.

Meanwhile, the Duck Creek Fireworks show, considered to be the largest in the state, takes place Saturday night, July 4, in the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake. While the actual fireworks go off at 9:30PM, other activities in the area begin as early as 4PM. Further south, along the shores of GRDA’s Lake Hudson, the community of Salina will also have its fireworks display Saturday night at 10PM.

“Around the GRDA lakes area there will be plenty of places to enjoy fireworks displays both on and off the water,” said Alberty. “We just encourage everyone to use common sense, boat safe, smart and sober and enjoy the weekend on the lake.”

Finally, the GRDA Police Department reminds boaters that if they need immediate assistance on that water, they should contact 911. However, if they are on a boat with no cell phone access, they can also use Marine Band 16 to radio for help.

For more information on GRDA and its lakes, visit online at grda.com, or on social media (Facebook and Twitter). The public can also download the “Grand Lake app” to Apple or Android devices and receive the latest lake notifications. The public can also contact the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center at (918) 782 4726.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s low-cost, reliable power touches 75 of 77 counties in the state and serves as an important economic development engine for Oklahoma. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years. The efforts of Team GRDA facilitate over $450 million in economic activity in Oklahoma annually.

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 10:00AM on Thursday, July 2:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 748.26 feet. Daily target elevation for July 2 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) floodgate (east spillway) was open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 204 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,157 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 13,361 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 7,832 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 627.31 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,560 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,560 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 13,890 cfs.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers directed us to close to one gate open one foot this morning, and to close the gate completely this afternoon.

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Remember, special Duck Creek boating rules …

GRDA Police remind lake visitors to boat safe, smart and sober during the holiday weekend

Boaters take to the waters of Grand Lake during a summer day in 2014. With the July 4 weekend right around the corner, this scene will be repeated as thousands of lake enthusiasts visit Grand Lake and Lake Hudson. If you are planning some time on the water, the GRDA Police want to remind you that boating safe, smart and sober is still the best way to have a safe, memorable outing.

Boaters take to the waters of Grand Lake during a summer day in 2014. With the July 4 weekend right around the corner, this scene will be repeated as thousands of lake enthusiasts visit Grand Lake and Lake Hudson. If you are planning some time on the water, the GRDA Police want to remind you that boating safe, smart and sober is still the best way to have a safe, memorable outing.

Langley – It is no secret that the Fourth of July holiday is also the most popular time for visitors to Grand and Hudson lakes in Northeast Oklahoma. Summer weather, fireworks displays, family gatherings and other holiday celebrations will draw thousands to the lakes for extended stays in conjunction with the 2015 holiday, which falls on a Saturday this year.

However, in the midst of all the celebrations, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department wants to remind boaters to take a few moments to consider safety on the water. Remember, “boating safe, smart and sober” is still the very best way to create enjoyable, lasting memories of your time at the lake.

One very special message the GRDA Police share with Grand Lake visitors each Fourth of July is the reminder that special boating rules will be 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, 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.

• Areas north of “The Turn” are No Skiing areas, and the vessel size restrictions mentioned above apply to this area as well.

Heavy rains across the region in the last several weeks led to high water inflows into the Grand River System and elevated lake levels. Though Grand and Hudson are both returning, slowly, to normal levels, both will still be above normal during the holiday weekend. Due to that, the GRDA Police Department continues to remind boaters to use extra caution on the water, especially if they plan on boating in unfamiliar areas of the lake.

Other tips to keep in mind if boating during times of elevated lake levels:

• Be mindful of your boat wake and proceed with caution in areas near structures. When lake levels are elevated boat wakes can cause damage to structures that are normally above the shoreline.

• Stay away from floodgates and spillways. There is a chance that floodgates could be open at both Pensacola Dam (Grand Lake) and Robert S. Kerr Dam (Lake Hudson) as you are boating. If that is the case, please observe the buoys designating the spillway areas and allow plenty of distance between those locations and your boat. Also, please use common sense and stay away from areas below floodgates where water is being released.

Finally, GRDA Police continues to stress the dangers of drinking and boating. According to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, alcohol use was the leading factor in 21% of recreational boater deaths in 2014.

“It’s just a bad idea,” said GRDA Assistant General Manager/Chief of Law Enforcement and Lake Operations Brian Edwards. “It can impair your judgment, your depth perception and overall ability to operate your vessel. Plus, it creates a dangerous situation not only for you but for your passengers and everyone else in the water around you.

Edwards added that GRDA’s goal is for everyone to enjoy a wonderful, safe outing on the water over the holiday, and boating safe, boating smart and boating sober makes that possible.

“Come have a great time on the water,” he added, “but play safe so you can come back again too.”

For more information on the GRDA Police Department or, for information on how an officer can assist you, contact the department at (918) 256 0911 or visit us online at grda.com.

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 3:00PM on Monday, June 29:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 749.61 feet. Daily target elevation for June 29 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) floodgates (east spillway) were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 7,732 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,294 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 21,026 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 6,100 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 627.52 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,560 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,560 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 21,712 cfs.

 

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 10:00AM on Thursday, June 25:

• Grand Lake elevation was 751.34 feet. Daily target elevation for June 25 is 744 feet.
• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) floodgates (east spillway) were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 10,008 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
• Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,361 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 23,369 cfs.
• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 15,167 cfs.

• Lake Hudson elevation was 630.47 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
• No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
• Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,560 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,560 cfs.
• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 24,509 cfs.

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11:00AM on Wednesday, June 24:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 751.55 feet. Daily target elevation for June 24 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) floodgate (east spillway) was open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 5,130 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 12,562 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 17,692 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 15,723 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 631.49 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 19,440 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 19,440 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 19,012 cfs.

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 4:30PM on Monday, June 22:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 751.77 feet. Daily target elevation for June 22 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) floodgate (east spillway) was open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 5,262 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,448 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 18,710 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 14,105 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 631.28 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,290 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,290 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 20,646 cfs.

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 9:00AM on Monday, June 22:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 751.92 feet. Daily target elevation for June 22 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) floodgates (east spillway) were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 10,704 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,608 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 24,312 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 14,738 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 631.62 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
  • Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,560 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,560 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 26,471 cfs.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers are anticipating possible gate changes at Pensacola later today.

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11:00AM on Saturday, June 20:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 752.92 feet. Daily target elevation for June 20 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, five (5) floodgates (east spillway) were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 30,680 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,639 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 44,319 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 36,340 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 633.87 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one  (1) floodgate was open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 15,873 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Four (4) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,560 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 50,433 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 50,194 cfs.

 

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 5:00PM on Friday, June 19:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 752.22 feet. Daily target elevation for June 19 is 744 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, three (3) floodgates (east spillway) were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 16,728 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,508 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 30,236 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 57,705 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 632.33 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
  • Four (4) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 23,760 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 23,760 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 52,974 cfs.

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11:00AM on Friday, June 19:

• Grand Lake elevation was 751.75 feet. Daily target elevation for June 19 is 744 feet.
• No floodgates were open at Pensacola Dam.
• One (1) unit was online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 222 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 222 cfs.
• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 59,987 cfs.

• Lake Hudson elevation was 631.90 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
• No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
• Two (2) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 10,260 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 10,260 cfs.
• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 20,188 cfs.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers are adjusting generation releases today, but no floodgate operations are planned at this time.

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 3:00PM on Wednesday, June 17:

• Grand Lake elevation was 750.04 feet. Daily target elevation for June 17 is 744 feet.
• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) floodgate (east spillway) was open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 330 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
• Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,226 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 13,556 cfs.
• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 19,607 cfs.

• Lake Hudson elevation was 630.51 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
• No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
• Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,560 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,560 cfs.
• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 14,978 cfs.

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 12:00PM on Wednesday, June 17:

• Grand Lake elevation was 752.06 feet. Daily target elevation for June 17 is 744 feet.
• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, four (4) floodgates (east spillway) were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 21,792 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
• Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,084 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,876 cfs.
• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 19,442 cfs.

• Lake Hudson elevation was 630.51 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
• No floodgates were open at the Robert S. Kerr Dam.
• Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,560 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,560 cfs.
• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 36,467 cfs.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers are anticipating additional gate changes at Pensacola this afternoon.

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