GRDA Police share boating tips for holiday weekend, summer outings

Enjoying the waters of the Scenic Illinois River… If your Memorial Day Weekend, or any summer plans, involve a float trip to the river, be sure to make safety a priority. The GRDA Police Department is passing along some tips that can help you prepare for your next outing.

Langley – Heading to the lake or the river for the long Memorial Day weekend and kickoff to summer activities? 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 promote safety and assist visitors as they take advantage of the many recreational opportunities on GRDA waters.

While GRDA has shared the following “Dos and DON’Ts” before, please keep them in mind as you head to the water this weekend and all summer long:

  • DO wear a life jacket. They float, you don’t. However, they only work if you wear them. 

    Staying safe in the summertime … Boaters take to the waters of Grand Lake in this photo from Memorial Day Weekend 2017. If your upcoming summer plans including lake outings on Grand or Hudson lakes, the GRDA Police Department wants to remind you to always “boat safe, boat smart and boat sober.”

  • 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.

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. For more information on the GRDA Police Department or how an officer can assist you, you can also contact the department at (918) 256 0911.

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 opens Ottawa County property to controlled hunts

Langley – The Grand River Dam Authority is announcing that it will once again hold controlled hunts, for the upcoming deer and waterfowl seasons, on its Ottawa County properties along the Neosho River. Those interested in applying for these special draw hunts, can register online at www.grda.com/grda-hunting-drawing. The registration period begins June 1 and runs through July 31.

Prospective hunters can apply as individuals or with a group of up to four individuals. This year’s schedule will include a “youth-only” hunt during the youth deer gun season. 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.

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’s “Rush For Brush” receives national hydropower award

GRDA Vice President of Ecosystems and Lake Management Dr. Darrell Townsend (left) accepts the National Hydropower Association (NHA) “Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters” award from NHA Executive Director Linda Church Ciocci (center) and NHA Executive Committee President Herbie Johnson. GRDA received the award for its “Rush For Brush” program, during NHA’s “Water Power Week” activities in Washington, D.C. on May 1 (photo courtesy NHA).

Washington, D.C. – The Grand River Dam Authority’s innovative “Rush For Brush” program, which has been a key factor in enhancing the fisheries of GRDA lake waters for over a decade, is a 2018 recipient of the National Hydropower Association (NHA) “Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters” award. GRDA Vice President of Ecosystems and Lake Management Dr. Darrell Townsend, accepted the award on behalf of GRDA during the NHA’s “Water Power Week” activities in Washington, D.C. on May 1.

According to the NHA, the award is given annually to “recognize projects that have provided extraordinary recreational, historical, environmental or educational value.” GRDA’s program was one of two recipients in the public education category. “Rush For Brush” was recognized for its value in effectively communicating and promoting the benefits of hydropower.

“The key to our success is the ability to recruit and maintain volunteers year-after-year,” said Townsend. “This practice not only benefits the fish by reducing fishing pressure as their locations remain relatively unknown to other fisherman, but is also a win for the volunteer angler who receives many years of quality fishing over these structures.”

First established in 2007, “Rush For Brush” has grown to become one of the GRDA Ecosystem Management Department’s most successful enhancement and outreach efforts. At annual program workshops (typically held twice a year), GRDA supplies the materials and volunteers supply the labor to help construct artificial fish 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.

Artificial fish habitats, constructed during a previous GRDA “Rush for Brush” workshop, sit near Grand Lake, ready for to be placed in the water. On May 1, GRDA received a National Hydropower Association “Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters” award for this innovative public outreach program that has served to enhance the fisheries of GRDA lake waters for over a decade.

To date, 5,780 habitats have been constructed by 1,100 volunteers. The habitats now cover nearly 11 acres of lake bed in GRDA-managed lakes. While improving the fisheries, the program has also helped to improve fishing opportunities. In turn, that draws more anglers to the lakes and helps to boost the area economy. Both GRDA’s Grand and Hudson lakes hosts multiple fishing tournaments each year. Grand also played host to the prestigious Bassmaster Classic in both 2013 and 2016.

“This program is a good example of GRDA’s efforts to balance the interest of all lake users, while continuing to meet our steward and economic development missions,” said GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “We are very appreciative of the NHA for recognizing the program and also all the volunteers who have participated in the workshops over the years. They have contributed greatly to the program’s success.”

This is not the first time the GRDA program has been recognized. In November 2017, “Rush For Brush” received the “State Government Program” award from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB).

According to hydro.org, the National Hydropower Association is a nonprofit association dedicated exclusively to promoting the growth of clean, renewable hydropower and marine energy.

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 transports hay to Oklahomans in need

Helping our Western Oklahoma neighbors … GRDA Linemen Jason Hensley (left) and Derek Hays inspect a load of hay, loaded on a GRDA truck and set for delivery to Western Oklahoma. Vinita-area farmers and ranchers donated the hay and GRDA delivered it to customers of CKenergy Electric Cooperative, near Vici, Oklahoma. GRDA worked with its customer, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, to help make the deliveries possible.

Vici – Through direct or indirect sales, the Grand River Dam Authority’s electricity touches 75 of 77 counties in Oklahoma. Last week, however, GRDA’s efforts to support neighbors in those other parts of the state, went beyond the commitment in providing reliable power.

Hay, donated by Vinita-area farmers and ranchers and delivered by GRDA, is unloaded near Vici, Oklahoma on Thursday afternoon (April 26). Customers of CKenergy Electric Cooperative were the recipients of the hay, in a part of the state that has been adversely affected by drought and wildfires. GRDA worked with its customer, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, to help make the deliveries possible.

On Thursday (April 26), a convoy of three GRDA trucks delivered 59 round bales of hay to a drop-off location near Vici, Oklahoma. The hay had been donated by farmers and ranchers in the Vinita area then loaded and delivered by GRDA. Those receiving hay were customers of CKenergy Electric Cooperative (Binger). CKenergy is a distribution cooperative member of  Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), a generation and transmission cooperative that serves the electric needs of 21 member cooperatives. WFEC, headquartered in Anadarko, is a wholesale customer of GRDA.

“This was about Oklahomans helping Oklahomans,” said GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “GRDA is committed in helping others in a time of need. We were proud to partner with WFEC, as it helped its customers. We may all be spread out across the state, but the rural cooperative community in Oklahoma is a tight-knit group.”

This is not the first time GRDA has worked with WFEC to help bring relief to neighbors across the state. The two electric utilities coordinated on a similar delivery effort in the spring of 2017.

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

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 134 feet across a cove, which measures 154 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: Brentle Rouse

Location: Jay, Ok

Lake Address: 31500 S 565 Rd, Jay, Ok

Legal Description: Township 24N, Range 23E, Section 17

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 recognizes life-saving efforts of rescuers

Recognition for heroic efforts … GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan (at right) and Chief of Law Enforcement Brian Edwards (left) pose with recipients of the GRDA Police Life Saving Award. Those recipients include (starting second from left) GRDA Officers Lynn Hershberger, Jeremy Cantrell, Tim Thompson and Lissa Kennedy, along with Oaks Firemen Hans Hertzler and Edwin Loco. The six were recognized for their heroic efforts during a swift-water rescue on a flooded Double Spring Creek (Delaware County) in April 2017.

Vinita – Heroic, life-saving efforts of GRDA Police Officers and local firemen – on display during a swift-water rescue last spring – were recognized by the Grand River Dam Authority this week.

During the April 11 meeting of the GRDA Board of Directors in Vinita, Oaks Firemen Edwin Loco and Hans Hertzler, along with GRDA Officers Jeremy Cantrell, Lynn Hershberger, Lissa Kennedy and Tim Thompson, were all presented with the GRDA Police Life Saving Award for heroic actions on April 29, 2017.

On that date, they were all involved in a swift-water rescue effort along the flooded Double Spring Creek, in southern Delaware County. Working together, they were able to rescue all individuals trapped in multiple vehicles in the flood waters, even after one of the rescue boats capsized, throwing the rescuers into the swollen creek. Fortunately, the swift water rescue training each individual had received was key to making sure everyone went home safely and avoiding what could have been a tragic situation.

“Their training, their equipment and their quick thinking is what kept them all here today,” said GRDA Chief of Law Enforcement/Lake Operations Brian Edwards. 

GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan added to that, telling the GRDA Board that this situation presented challenges, with rushing water flowing over downed objects to create plenty of hazards. However, everyone went home safely at the end of the day.

“With the training we continue to do and our investment in the equipment, everything came out like it was supposed to,” Sullivan told the GRDA Board. “We’re very proud of the efforts of each of these individuals.”

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 shares “Adopt the Shoreline” schedule, dumpster locations

Langley – As activities related to the new Grand Lake “Adopt The Shoreline” program are set to begin this month, the Grand River Dam Authority is sharing more information about the program schedule and locations.

The program, resulting from a cooperative agreement between GRDA, Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron and various grand lake stakeholders, works like this: the shoreline is divided into 10 “zones,” with a coordinator for each zone. That coordinator organizes volunteers who work together at set times to clean up their specific zone. GRDA will support the effort by supplying trash bags and will also be paying the disposal costs for all approved program cleanup events. At the same time, GRDA has also staffed its own full-time shoreline cleanup crew, complete with a barge and the necessary equipment to remove large debris form the lake shore.

Many of the scheduled clean-up events are set to take place in April and May. GRDA will be accepting white dock foam and trash collected from the shoreline at these dumpster sites, on these dates:

 Zone             Date                                  Time                                     Dumpster Location

1                      April 21st                                 8am to 4pm                 Discount Dock Service (Back of Duck Creek)

2                      April 3rd & 4th                          8am to 4pm               Clearwater Bay Marina (Back of Rapier Hollow)

2                      April 28th                                 8am to 4pm                Hi-Lift Marina (Drowning Creek)

3                      April 13th & 14th                      8am to 4pm                Gran Tara HOA Boat Ramp & GRDA Hanger Ramp  (North of                                                                                                                         Red Arrow Marina & across from Rabbit Island)

4                      May 14th                                  9am to 4pm                 Public Boat Ramp in Big Hollow (End of S. 544                                                                                                                                                   Road)                                           

5                      May 9th                                   8am to 4pm                 Southwinds Marina in Bernice

6                      April 20th & 21st                      8am to 4pm               Shangri-La public boat ramp, east of Chateaus (NW of marina) &                                                                                                                   Premier Dock Service (End of S 570 Rd in Echo Bay)

7                      May 8th                                    9am to 4pm                 Patricia Island HOA boat ramp

8                      April 14th                                 8am to 4pm                 Goldner Dock Service (Sailboat Bridge)

9                      May 2nd                                   8am to 4pm                 Elk River Landing Resort (Cowskin Bay Bridge)

10                    To Be Announced

 

For more information on the program, contact GRDA Superintendent of Shoreline Enforcement Scott Horton at (918) 256 0894. You can also learn more online by visiting the program’s website at  www.grda.com/adopt-the-shoreline.  

GRDA recognized for electric system reliability

Pryor – The Grand River Dam Authority’s role as a reliable electricity supplier is garnering national recognition.

On Wednesday, March 20, the American Public Power Association (APPA, publicpower.org) recognized GRDA for achieving “exceptional electricity reliability during 2017.”

Reliability recognition …. Linemen with the Grand River Dam Authority’s Distribution Maintenance Crew work on a project in the MidAmerica Industrial Park (MAIP). Recently, the American Public Power Association recognized GRDA for “exceptional electricity reliability” to its distribution customers in 2017. That includes GRDA’s many industrial customers in MAIP.

That recognition came after APPA compiled GRDA’s reliability data and system outage data through its eTracker Reliability Service, and compared it to similar data for other utilities, as collected by the Energy Information Administration. According to those numbers, GRDA’s System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) for distribution level electric service was only 19 minutes, compared to an industry average of 129 minutes. In simple terms, that means during 2017, the length of any GRDA electrical outages for its distribution customers (the industries of the MidAmerica Industrial Park) were 110 minutes shorter than the national average for outages.

“This recognition helps demonstrate public power’s commitment to reliable electric service,” said the APPA Senior Vice President of Engineering Services, Michael Hyland.

GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan echoed Hyland’s comments, adding that both efficiency and reliability continue to be at the very core of GRDA’s mission.

“We are proud to receive this recognition,” said Sullivan. “It is a testament to the hard work our employees do every day to ensure that the lights stay on for our customers. Most of all, it helps us keep our reliability promise to our customers.”

Reliability is important to GRDA customers all across its service area, including Oklahoma municipalities, electric cooperatives and the industries of the MidAmerica Industrial Park.

“We appreciate GRDA’s continued commitment to reliability and responsiveness to the many companies at MidAmerica. This recognition is certainly well deserved,” said MidAmerica Industrial Park Chief Administrative Officer David Stewart.

This GRDA recognition comes roughly a year after GRDA also received the “Clarence Fulkerson Electric System Achievement Award” from the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO). GRDA also garnered that recognition based on the reliability of its systems, as well as its ongoing system enhancements and innovated efforts to improve municipal electric power in Oklahoma.

“Our goal is to always be the most reliable power supplier possible for all our customers,” said Sullivan. “Through proper planning and efficient operations our dedicated workforce is achieving that goal.”

APPA is the national trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

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

Off-Road Regulations for GRDA Properties

GRDA Officers will be patrolling and enforcing the following rules, as well as applicable State laws on the state properties below Pensacola Dam. Consumption of alcoholic beverages and low-point beer will not be tolerated while operating or riding in a vehicle, motorcycle, or ATV. Operating a vehicle, motorcycle, or ATV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be tolerated.
Helmets must be worn by all operators AND passengers who are under the age of eighteen (18) in any off-road vehicle, or vehicle being used for off-road activities, any motorcycles, and any ATV’s.
Children who are required by law to be in a properly installed and secured child seat based on age and size, and are in a vehicle with a ROPS, may be properly secured in the seat without a helmet.
There are some areas of the GRDA properties that are restricted, such as immediately below the dam & spillways. Areas that are covered by Rip-Rap are also considered restricted areas, as well as areas marked by signs and barricades. DO NOT ENTER or attempt to drive in these areas. Patrons shall not cross the zones which are barricaded and marked off, or they will be subject to trespassing.


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 124 feet across a cove, which measures 198.4 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: Joe Ferguson

Location: Grove

Lake Address: 31700 S 622 Rd, Grove, Ok

Legal Description: Township 24N, Range 24E, Section 17

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 recognized for innovative partnerships with Oklahoma higher education

Vinita – The Grand River Dam Authority has been recognized for its cooperative and innovative partnerships with Oklahoma institutes of higher education.

GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan (fourth from right) holds the “Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award” along with Northeastern State University (NSU) President Dr. Steve Turner. Also in the photograph are (from left) GRDA Vice President of Scenic Rivers and Water Quality Ed Fite, GRDA Vice President of Ecosystems and Watershed Management Dr. Darrell Townsend, NSU Director of Community and Government Relations Mary Bower, NSU Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Jessica Martin, GRDA Watershed Ecologist Rich Zamor, GRDA Executive Vice President of External Relations Nathan Reese, GRDA Laboratory Director Steve Nikolai and NSU Assistant Professor of Education/Special Assistant to President/OSRHE Economic Council Representative Dr. Ron Cambiano. GRDA received a similar award for its work with Northeastern A&M College in Miami.

On Tuesday, March 13, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) awarded GRDA with two separate “Regents Business Partnership Excellence” awards during a special luncheon at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. GRDA received the recognition for recent initiatives with both Northeastern State University (Tahlequah) and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Miami). GRDA was the only organization to receive two awards at the event.

“We are honored to receive these awards from the regents,” said GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “Not only do these partnerships help support higher education, but they also help us to fulfill our stewardship mission. We’re proud to be a part of something so innovative and so beneficial to Oklahoma.”

Recently, GRDA partnered with Northeastern State University (NSU) to establish a new water monitoring laboratory on campus, which will be utilized by students and devoted to water quality research along the scenic Illinois River. That partnership will also help to fund scholarships and provide in-class projects and independent research devoted not only to water quality but also animal movements on the river and enhanced bacteria research. The lab will also be utilized by NSU faculty and staff, as well as GRDA personnel.

GRDA’s partnership with Northeastern A&M College (NEOA&M) began in 2016 when the two entities came together to not only increase educational and research opportunities for students but also revitalize livestock grazing and pecan-producing on properties owned by GRDA along the Neosho River in Ottawa County. Through the partnership, GRDA leases nearly 3,000 acres to NEOA&M, which in turn subleases some of the property to other agriculture interests. Revenues from those subleases help support the college’s agriculture programs. Other property is utilized as outdoor classrooms.

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 5E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.

GRDA Improves Water Safety Initiatives with Funding

Langley — The Grand River Dam Authority’s ongoing commitment to promoting water safety on its lakes and rivers is always a priority. Recently, that commitment was reinforced when GRDA donated funds to continue a long-standing partnership with the Grand Lake Sail and Power Squadron (GLSPS).

GRDA Community Relations Officer Ed Ferguson (left) presents a check to Ken Moore, GLSPS Commander and Barbara Zinn, coordinator for the life jacket distribution programs.

For many years, GLSPS has been an active advocacy group in the Grand Lake region, promoting boater and water safety through a number of programs. Due to the recent $6,125.00 donation from GRDA, the GLSPS will continue a very important outreach program in 2018; one focused on providing lake users with life jackets. 

“Safety is the core mission of the GRDA Police, and the programs that the GLSPS conducts to distribute life jackets have a positive impact on our ability to reduce casualties on Oklahoma lakes and rivers,” said GRDA Community Relations Officer Ed Ferguson.

Life jackets purchased with those funds will be distributed to lake users through various GLSPS programs and events, added Ferguson.

In fact, the first of these give-away programs took place at the recent Grand Lake Boat and Sport Show in Grove, where the GLSPS handed out free life jackets to children. As part of that effort, GLSPS members also ensured the jackets were properly fitted to each recipient. Most importantly, parents were able to leave the show knowing their children had received the most important piece of equipment they would need for any water-related outing.  

Pat Janiga (left) with the GLSPS made another child and parent happy at the Grand Lake Boat and Sport show in early March by providing the youngster with a new life jacket.

The GLSPS will be conducting a similar life jacket distribution program at the South Grand Lake Camp Bandage event on Saturday, June 9th. This free safety fair for families will be held at the Grand Lake RV Resort in Duck Creek (at 31527 S. 4510 Rd., Afton). The public is encourage to attend the event and bring their children, so that GLSPS can continue to provide properly-fitted life jackets, at no charge.

Of course, the GLSPS also maintains a number of static life jacket loaner stations

GLSPS stocks a variety of life jackets that can be used by the public at the loaner stations on Grand Lake, such as the one shown at the Wolf Creek Park boat ramp in Grove.

around the north Grand Lake area. These stations are equipped with various sizes of life jackets for children and adults and allow users to “borrow” a life jacket before they venture out onto the water. Currently, five life jacket stations are located around the lake for public use, these include the Wolf Creek Park boat ramp, Honey Creek State Park boat ramp, Grand Lake State Park boat ramp in Bernice, Twin Bridges State Park boat ramp and the Elk River boat ramp.

The GLSPS expects to distribute over 500 life jackets this year as a result of the funds provided by the GRDA.

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

Grand Lake’s “Adopt the Shoreline” program set to begin

The GRDA Shoreline Cleanup Crew, at work on the waters of Grand Lake. Thanks to a new lake-wide initiative, organized by GRDA, other partners and many volunteers, there is an even greater focus coming to shoreline cleanup efforts around the lake.

Langley –  Last year, several entities, including the Grand River Dam Authority, Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron and various grand lake stakeholders came together to develop the “Adopt the Shoreline” Program for Grand Lake. Today, their coordinated effort is set to begin and will bring a new commitment to shoreline preservation and protection along miles and miles of the lake’s scenic shoreline.

“Lake of the Ozarks, in Missouri, has had a successful program like this in place for quite some time,” said GRDA Superintendent of Shoreline Enforcement Scott Horton. “We reviewed their program and are expecting similar results around Grand. We have a great organization in place.”

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. Horton said the “Lend a Hand for Lady Grand” program will continue to take place annually in addition to the “Adopt the Shoreline” Program.

The program works like this: the shoreline is divided into 10 “zones”, with a coordinator for each zone. That coordinator organizes volunteers who work together at set times to clean up their specific zone. GRDA will support the effort by supplying trash bags and will also be paying the disposal costs for all approved program cleanup events. At the same time, GRDA has also staffed its own full-time shoreline cleanup crew, complete with a barge and the necessary equipment to remove large debris form the lake shore.

The program will be highlighted by large cleanup events in April and August of each year, although each zone will be able to do their own cleanup efforts at other times as well.

“The goal is to not only to preserve the beauty of this scenic shoreline but also to keep it safe for all visitors,” said Horton. “We appreciate our coordinating committee and all our volunteers for their commitment to this effort.”

Of course, there is always room for more help. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the effort, you can visit the program’s website at www.grda.com/adopt-the-shoreline, and select the “how to join” tab.  You can also contact Horton at (918) 256-0894 for more information.

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 10:00 AM on Friday, March 2:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 745.15 feet. Daily target elevation for March 2 is 742 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) main and three (3) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging​ 5,017 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,333 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 16,350 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 7,720 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 622.90 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • Four (4) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse.
  • Releases through generation totaled 34,020 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 16,668 cfs.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 8:30 AM on Thursday, March 1:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 746.07 feet. Daily target elevation for March 1 is 742 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) main and six (6) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 19,778 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,326 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 31,104 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 9,627 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 623.31 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • Four (4) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 31,657 cfs.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 10:00 AM on Wednesday, February 28:

• Grand Lake elevation was 746.83 feet. Daily target elevation for February 28 is 742 feet.

• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) main and six (6) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 23,147 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.

• Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,326 cfs of water through generation.

• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,473 cfs.

• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 12,334 cfs.

 

• Lake Hudson elevation was 624.26 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.

• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) gate was open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 8,694 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.

• Four (4) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 32,940 cfs of water through generation.

• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 41,634 cfs.

• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 35,038 cfs. 

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 3:30PM on Tuesday, February 27:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 747.40 feet. Daily target elevation for February 27 is 742 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) main and six (6) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging​ 25,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,331 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 36,831 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 17,629 cfs.

 

  • Lake Hudson elevation was 626.66 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) gates were open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 27,287 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Four (4) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,020 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 61,307 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 37,199 cfs.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 9AM on Monday, February 26:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 748.25 feet. Daily target elevation for February 26 is 742 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) main and seven (7) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging​ 47,726 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,314 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 54,040 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 48,538 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 627.42 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) gates were open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 27,791 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 62,351 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 55,099 cfs.

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11:00AM on Sunday, February 25:
  • Grand Lake elevation was 747.59 feet. Daily target elevation for February 25 is 742 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) main and seven (7) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging​ 39,052 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,356 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 50,408 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 76,279 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 626.08 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) gate was open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 17,858 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 52,418 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 58,859 cfs.
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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 2:00PM on Saturday, February 24:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 745.09 feet. Daily target elevation for February 24 is 742 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) main and five (5) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging​ 15,089 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,408 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 26,497 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 45,746 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 621.74 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • Four (4) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 47,491 cfs.

GRDA to host workshop on fish handling techniques

Anglers and spectators on the waters of Grand Lake during the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. Fishing is a popular sport on the lake and the Grand River Dam Authority wants to help educate anglers on proper fish handling techniques. It will do that during a special workshop at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley on February 24.

Langley – As the calendar moves towards the busiest part of tournament fishing season, the Grand River Dam Authority wants to remind anglers about proper fish handling techniques.

To help accomplish that, GRDA is inviting all area anglers and fishing tournament directors to a special free workshop on Saturday, February 24, at 10AM, at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley.

Bass Angler Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) National Conservation Director Gene Gilliland will be on hand to present information on three important tournament-related fish handling topics:

1.     Fish handling in boats

2.     Fish handling at tournament weigh-ins

3.     Proper ways to fizz a fish

Gilliland, who retired from his position as Assistant Chief of Fisheries with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) in 2013, is considered an expert in the field of tournament fish handling. After presenting on these topics, he will also be available to answer questions from participants.

“Tournament fishing continues to be one of the most popular activities on GRDA’s Grand and Hudson lakes, so protecting the fishery is a top priority to insure that these tournaments can continue to be successful,” said GRDA Vice President Ecosystems and Watershed Management Dr. Darrell Townsend.

Also during the workshops, ODWC Northeast Region Fisheries Supervisor Josh Johnston will be giving a presentation on largemouth bass population dynamics in Oklahoma reservoirs. Johnston will discuss the conditions of these populations using spring electrofishing data collected by ODWC from 2000-2015. This presentation will also include possible ways to improve those populations and feedback on this subject, from workshop participants, is encouraged.

“We’re excited to join with ODWC to hold this workshop and discuss the fisheries of our lakes,” said Townsend. “We encourage area anglers to take part.”

For more information on the workshop, contact Janet Dellisanti of the GRDA Ecosystems Management Department at (918) 256-0852 or Officer Jason Littlefield of the GRDA Police Department at (918) 530-6138.

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 recognized for “excellence in financial reporting”

Vinita – For the 17th straight year, the Grand River Dam Authority has been recognized for its financial reporting efforts.

In January, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded GRDA’s 2016 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) with a “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.”

The cover of GRDA’s award-winning 2016 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). For the 17th consecutive year, the GRDA CAFR has been recognized for “excellence in financial reporting” by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

According to GFOA, the GRDA CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the highest standards of the GFOA program. Further, GFOA determined the GRDA CAFR demonstrated a “spirit of full disclosure” while clearly communicating the Authority’s financial story.

“Excellence in financial reporting continues to be a priority at GRDA,” said GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “This recognition, for the 17th straight year, represents a tremendous achievement for us and speaks to our longstanding and ongoing commitment to producing the highest quality CAFR possible to keep the public informed of our financial strength.”

Entitled Grand Resilience, the 2016 GRDA CAFR can be viewed online at grda.com.

Headquartered in Chicago, the GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and finance practitioners.

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

Wagoner’s Elam joins GRDA Board of Directors

Passing the leadership baton … Outgoing Grand River Dam Authority board member Steve Spear (right) shakes hands with Wagoner City Superintendent/Public Works Director Dwayne Elam, following the board’s January 10 meeting in Vinita. Elam is replacing Spears as the board’s municipal customer representative.

Vinita – Dwayne Elam, city superintendent and public works director in the Grand River Dam Authority municipal customer community of Wagoner, is the newest member of the GRDA Board of Directors. Elam replaces outgoing board member and Cushing City Manager Steve Spears, who retired at the end of 2017. Elam will represent GRDA’s municipal customers as the designee of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO). His tenure began at the board’s January 10 meeting, in Vinita.

An Oklahoma native, Elam earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Northeastern State University (Tahlequah) and holds four Class A licenses from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. He is a member of the National Registry of Professionals, a member of the MESO Board of Directors and a member of the City Manager Association of Oklahoma. As Wagoner Utilities Director in 2010, he guided the city’s efforts in being awarded the “EPA Region 6 Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Award.” Wagoner was the only Oklahoma community to receive this honor.

“We’re excited to have Dwayne Elam join the GRDA Board of Directors,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “His knowledge of Oklahoma public power and GRDA is already well-established and we’re confident he will be a great asset for the entire board and a great representative for our municipal customers.”

GRDA is governed by a seven-member board of directors, comprised of representatives from each GRDA customer class (municipals, electric cooperatives and industrials), as well as the GRDA lakes area. Two at-large representatives also sit on the board. Five-year appointments are made by the Oklahoma Governor (3), Speaker of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives and President Pro-Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. Two other board positions are ex-officio positions, filled by the general manager of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) and executive director of MESO or by their designees.

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 providing mutual aid to Virgin Islands

Pryor – The Grand River Dam Authority is increasing its participation to help restore power in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).

Scenes like this are common across the United States Virgin Islands now as many electric utility crews from the mainland are there, working to make repairs following the damage left by hurricanes last September. This week GRDA is sending 10 employees and eight vehicles to the area to aid in those repairs. Two other GRDA employees have been on site, helping to supervise repair work, since early December. GRDA’s response is part of a nationwide mutual aid effort, coordinated by the American Public Power Association (APPA).

Earlier this week, 10 GRDA employees, including electric linemen, mechanics and vegetation management personnel, began the staging process in preparation to travel to the USVI to assist with the ongoing effort to repair the damage left behind by two category 5 hurricanes in September. These employees will join two other GRDA linemen, who have been helping with the effort in the region since the first week of December.

GRDA crews are assisting in the USVI as part of a nationwide mutual aid agreement, coordinated by the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the USVI Water and Power Authority. Costs associated with the deployment will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“GRDA has an historic commitment to helping others in their time of need. We are honored to be able to provide this assistance at a time when there is such devastation in the Virgin Islands,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan.  “Our team of trained power professionals will make a positive difference in rebuilding the Virgin Islands’ energy infrastructure and contribute to the important recovery process.”

This latest deployment is not the first time GRDA powerline crews have provided mutual aid following hurricane damage and according to Sullivan, GRDA employees are always willing to volunteer for restoration work when the need arises. GRDA sent men and machinery to Florida after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and again after Hurricane Irma, earlier this year. In 2005, GRDA personnel also helped restore power in Louisiana following Hurricane Rita. In the USVI, they will join crews from several other mainland utilities in the restoration effort.

“Through this nationwide mutual aid agreement, public power utilities from all across the country continue to play a critical role in power restoration following natural disasters,” said Sullivan. “We’re fortunate that GRDA has the manpower and the expertise to do its part in the effort. At that same time, we are confident that the utilities now suffering from damage would also be here for us if the need arises. That is what public power is all about.”

It is anticipated that GRDA’s crew will be in the USVI a minimum of 30 days.

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.

 

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.