GRDA Variance Request from Grand Lake Rule Curve Requirements in 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draft Variance

GRDA reports BGA conditions improving

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

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

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

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

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

GRDA expanding blue green algae advisory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 3:00PM on Tuesday, June 13:

• Grand Lake elevation was 745.18 feet. Daily target elevation for June 13 is 744 feet.
• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) east spillway gate was open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 196 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
• Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 12,672 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 12,868 cfs.
• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 8,661 cfs.

• Lake Hudson elevation was 619.76 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 232 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 13,134 cfs.

At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the remaining open floodgate at Pensacola Dam will be closed Wednesday afternoon.

As a safety precaution, GRDA will be restricting access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

GRDA Unit 3 achieves “sellable power”

GRDA’s Unit 3 combined cycle gas generator (located at the Grand River Energy Center, east of Chouteau), achieved “sellable” power in early June.

GRDA’s Unit 3 combined cycle gas generator (located at the Grand River Energy Center, east of Chouteau), achieved “sellable” power in early June.

The Grand River Dam Authority welcomed the month of June by celebrating a very significant milestone at the Grand River Energy Center (GREC), east of Chouteau.

On June 1, the new GRDA Unit 3 combined cycle gas plant reached “sellable power completion.” In other words, on that date, the new unit was proven capable of generating and delivering 440 megawatts of electrical power to the GRDA transmission system.

According to GRDA Vice President of GREC Operations Robert Ladd, “a four-hour capability demonstration test was successfully conducted to satisfy Southwest Power Pool’s requirements and define the available power as the ‘Accredited Generating Capacity’ for our generation source.”

This is a major milestone and accomplishment for the GRDA team and its partners in construction of the facility, including Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA), TIC/Kiewit and Black & Veatch.

“While this exciting accomplishment was a critical one, there is still work ahead of us,” added Ladd. “Our continued team efforts will undoubtedly ensure the final stretch of this project will be successful.”

This achievement is the latest in GRDA’s ongoing efforts to the complete the new 495 MW unit which is equipped with MHPSA’s first M501J model combustion turbine to be deployed in the Western Hemisphere. With the potential to be the most efficient combined cycle generator in the United States, GRDA’s Unit 3 will be fueled by Oklahoma natural gas.

After much research and discussion, GRDA decided to move forward with the Unit 3 construction in August 2014. With full support of its customer group, the Authority broke ground on the project in January 2015. The new unit is expected to supply abundant and reliable electricity to GRDA ratepayers for decades to come. Its addition will further expand an already diverse GRDA generation portfolio which already includes coal, gas, water and wind resources.

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

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11:00AM on Wednesday, June 7:

– Grand Lake elevation was 747.57 feet. Daily target elevation for June 7 is 744 feet.
– At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, five (5) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 13,430 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
– Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,514 cfs of water through generation.
– Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 26,944 cfs.
– Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 12,780 cfs.

– Lake Hudson elevation was 624.79 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 273 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
– 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 34,833 cfs
– Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 27,642 cfs.

As a safety precaution, GRDA will be restricting access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 3:30PM on Monday, June 5:

– Grand Lake elevation was 748.44 feet. Daily target elevation for June 5 is 744 feet.
– At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, four (4) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 12,656 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
– Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,609 cfs of water through generation.
– Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 26,265 cfs.
– Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 20,140 cfs.

– Lake Hudson elevation was 624.57 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 272 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
– Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,020 cfs of water through generation.
– Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,292 cfs
– Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 27,922 cfs.

As a safety precaution, GRDA will be restricting access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

Shoreline cleanup postponed

Langley – The Grand River Dam Authority is announcing that the annual “Lend a Hand for Lady Grand” shoreline clean up event, originally scheduled for Saturday, June 3, has been postponed.

“At this time, we still have some dumpster locations that are not accessible due to higher lake levels,” said GRDA Vice President of Corporate Communications Justin Alberty. “So we will postpone it for the weekend but will reschedule for a later date this summer.”

Alberty added that GRDA will release the new date to the public as soon as it is available. The annual clean-up stems from a partnership between GRDA, the Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron and many volunteers around the lake area. Each year, these volunteers pick up shoreline trash to not only enhance the scenery around Grand Lake, but also keep those shoreline areas safe for all visitors.

“Volunteers do a great job with this program,” said Alberty. “We appreciate their efforts and look forward to holding this cleanup again in the coming weeks.”

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 2:00PM on Friday, May 26:
• Grand Lake elevation was 750.93 feet. Daily target elevation for May 26 is 743.67 feet.
• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) east spillway gate was open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 4,752 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
• Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,422 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 16,174 cfs.
• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 12,970 cfs.

• Lake Hudson elevation was 630.77 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
• Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,560 cfs of water through generation.
• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 16,329 cfs.

As a safety precaution, GRDA will be restricting access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 3:00PM on Thursday, May 25:

– Grand Lake elevation was 751.42 feet. Daily target elevation for May 25 is 743.60 feet.
– At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, three (3) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 15,156 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
– Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,308 cfs of water through generation.
– Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 26,464 cfs.
– Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 13,780 cfs.

– Lake Hudson elevation was 630.99 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
– Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 32,940 cfs of water through generation.
– Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 26,650 cfs.

As a safety precaution, GRDA will be restricting access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 3:00PM on Wednesday, May 24:

– Grand Lake elevation was 752.35 feet. Daily target elevation for May 24 is 743.53 feet.
– At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, five (5) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 28,400 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
– Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,468 cfs of water through generation.
– Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 39,868 cfs.
– Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 16,320 cfs.

– Lake Hudson elevation was 633.32 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
– At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) floodgates were open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 35,738 cfs.
– 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 70,028 cfs.
– Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 40,105 cfs.

As a safety precaution, GRDA will be restricting access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

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 120 feet across a cove, which measures 296.04 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: Jason Hair

Location: Ketchum Hollow

Lake Address: 495 S. 1st Street, Ketchum, OK 74349

Legal Description: Township 24N, Range 21E, Section 35

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.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 9:30AM on Wednesday, May 24:

· Grand Lake elevation was 752.60 feet. Daily target elevation for May 24 is 743.53 feet.
· At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, six (6) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 35,280 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
· Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,394 cfs of water through generation.
· Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 46,674 cfs.
· Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 17,300 cfs.

· Lake Hudson elevation was 633.82 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
· At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) floodgates were open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 36,081 cfs.
· 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 70,641 cfs.
· Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 51,006 cfs.

As a safety precaution, GRDA will be restricting access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) will hold an informal public meeting on June 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.at:

Grand River Dam Authority
Ecosystems & Education Center
Grand Hall
420 E. Hwy 28
Langley, OK 74350

The purpose of this meeting is to obtain public comments regarding proposed changes to Grand River Dam Authority Permit Applications. These proposed changes are on the GRDA website at www.grda.com.

GRDA wishes to solicit comments on these changes from all interested individuals and businesses. If you would like to submit written comments or have any questions, please contact Darrell E. Townsend II, Ph.D., Assistant General Manager of Ecosystems and Lake Management, P. O. Box 70, Langley, OK 74350, (918) 256-0616.

Private Buoy Installation Specifications
Application for Private No Wake Buoy Placement
Application for Domestic Raw Water Permit
Application for a Breakwater
Application for Permit to Construct Retaining Wall, Boat Ramp, Tram System, and Rip Rap
Application for a Sanctioned Event

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 10AM on Monday, May 22:

• Grand Lake elevation was 754.77 feet. Daily target elevation for May 22 is 743.40 feet.
• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, five (5) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 37,580 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
• Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,562 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 49,142 cfs.
• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 33,500 cfs.

• Lake Hudson elevation was 633.35 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 21,108 cfs.
• Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 33,750 cfs of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 54,858 cfs.
• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 51,495 cfs.

As a safety precaution, GRDA will be restricting access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 8AM on Monday, May 22:

– Grand Lake elevation was 754.81 feet. Daily target elevation for May 22 is 743.30 feet.
– At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, three (3) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 22,644 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
– Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,517 cfs of water through generation.
– Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 34,161 cfs.
– Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 34,500 cfs.

– Lake Hudson elevation was 633.50 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 21,170 cfs.
– Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 33,750 cfs of water through generation.
– Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 54,920 cfs.
– Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 36,745 cfs.

As a safety precaution, GRDA will be restricting access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 4:00PM on Saturday, May 20:
 
• Grand Lake elevation was 752.52 feet. Daily target elevation for May 20 is 743.27 feet.
• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 11,632 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
• Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,411 of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 23,043 cfs.
• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 73,800 cfs. 
 
• Lake Hudson elevation was 634.49 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 10,564 cfs.
• 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 45,124 cfs.
• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 53,543 cfs. 
 
As a safety precaution, GRDA may restrict access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11:30AM on Saturday, May 20:

• Grand Lake elevation was 752.10 feet. Daily target elevation for May 20 is 743.27 feet.
• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 10,960 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
• Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,484 of water through generation.
• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 22,444 cfs.
• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 62,600 cfs.

• Lake Hudson elevation was 633.87 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
• Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,560 cfs of water through generation.
• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 53,944 cfs.

As a safety precaution, GRDA may restrict access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 2PM on Friday, May 19:

• Grand Lake elevation was 750.39 feet. Daily target elevation for May 19 is 743.20 feet.

• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) east spillway gate was open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 4,374 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.

• Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,357 of water through generation.

• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 15,731 cfs.

• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 15,460 cfs. 

 

• Lake Hudson elevation was 630.94 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.

• Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 34,020 cfs of water through generation.

• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 23,699 cfs. 

 As a safety precaution, GRDA may restrict access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

 

GRDA sharing “ready, set, wear it” message, important life jacket information

Langley – Ready, set, wear it.

Life Jacket fit facts from the National Safe Boating Council.

Life Jacket fit facts from the National Safe Boating Council.

It is not just a slogan, but a call to take proactive steps to be safe on the water. If your Memorial Day weekend and summer plans include a trip to an area lake or river, the Grand River Dam Authority is remind you to take this action and always wear your life jacket.

Not only in recognition of National Safe Boating Week 2017 (May 20-26) but year round, the GRDA Police Department promotes life jacket usage. Today, at the start of the busy summer boating season, it is a good time to get in the “ready, set, wear it” habit.

According to the latest statistics from United States Coast Guard (USCG), drowning was reported as the cause of death in three-fourths of all boating fatalities in 2015 (latest year of statistics). Approximately 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

Those are numbers that GRDA is intent on changing.

“We always stress safe boating for all visitors to our lakes and the Illinois River,” said GRDA Vice President of Corporate Communications Justin Alberty, “and safe boating always begins with a life jacket.”

According to the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), most drowning accidents are 10 feet or less from a safe place and in most situations, the person never intended to enter the water. To untrained bystanders, a drowning person may appear to simply be waving, clowning around or just splashing. The three best ways to prevent drowning while boating include always wearing a life jacket, learning to swim and boating sober.

“The sad truth is that the majority of people who drowned in a boating accident had a life jacket available to them but were not wearing it when they entered the water,” said Alberty.  “Put it on when you get in the boat. Wear it to protect yourself and to be a safe example for the children in your boat as well.”

Tips from the National Safe Boating Council.

Tips from the National Safe Boating Council.

As you gear up for lake or river activities, GRDA once again shares these important life jacket tips:

·       BUY your own personal life jacket and use it. One size does not fit all.

·       LOOK at the label. It will provide weight, size and use information.

·       TRY it on to check the fit. Once the straps and buckles are secured, it should not slip over your head.

·       NEVER use water toys in place of an approved life jacket.

·       CHECK your life jacket yearly for flotation and fit.

·       REMEMBER, a child’s jacket must fit snugly. They should not ‘grow into’ it!”

As for proper life jacket care and maintenance, the National Safe Boating Council offers these tips as well:

·       Dry it before storing

·       Store it in a cool, well-ventilated area

·       Keep it where it can be easily retrieved

·       Replace it when signs of wear appear

·       Don’t alter the jacket

·       Don’t dry clean or use harsh cleansers

·       Don’t use direct heat to dry or leave in the sun indefinitely

·       Don’t use your jacket as a cushion, a kneeling pad or as a boat fender

It is important to note that GRDA lake rules require all boats to carry a United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) or life jackets for each person on board. On vessels less than 26 feet in length, while underway, each passenger 12 years of age or younger is also required to wear a PFD (although ALL passengers are encouraged to wear it ALL the time). Anyone operating or riding as a passenger on a personal watercraft (PWC), water skis, sailboard, surfboard, wakeboard, parasail or similar device is also required to wear an approved flotation device.

“Once upon a time, the excuse was that many life jackets were bulky and uncomfortable to wear,” said Alberty. “That’s not the case these days. Many modern life jacket designs are lightweight and comfortable enough to be worn all day. Find the style and size that works for you and wear it on the water.”

For more information on GRDA, the GRDA Police Department and lake rules, visit www.grda.com. If you need immediate assistance while on the water, the GRDA Police encourages you to dial 911. If you don’t have a cell phone available on your boat you can also radio for help on Marine Band 16.  For more information on life jackets, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com.

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

 

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 8:30AM on Wednesday, May 17:

• Grand Lake elevation was 750.26 feet. Daily target elevation for May 17 is 743.07 feet.

• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) east spillway gate was open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 571 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.

• Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,736 of water through generation.

• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 12,307 cfs.

• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 13,530 cfs. 

 

• Lake Hudson elevation was 630.82 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.

• Four units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 19,710 cfs of water through generation.

• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 12,834 cfs. 

 

As a safety precaution, GRDA may restrict access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

 

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Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 10:30AM on Tuesday, May 16:

• Grand Lake elevation was 750.55 feet. Daily target elevation for May 16 is 743 feet.

• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, two (2) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 8,972 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.

• Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,457 of water through generation.

• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 20,429 cfs.

• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 10,440 cfs. 

 

• Lake Hudson elevation was 631.59 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 21,022 cfs.  

As a safety precaution, GRDA may restrict access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

 

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 1:30PM on Friday, May 12:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 751.72 feet. Daily target elevation for May 12 is 742.73 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, six (6) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 31,392 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,538 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 42,930 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 50,220 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 632 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 15,330 cfs of water.
  • 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 49,890 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 54,176 cfs.

As a safety precaution, GRDA will be restricting access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.

 

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 9AM on Tuesday, May 9:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 751.71 feet. Daily target elevation for May 9 is 742.53 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, three (3) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 12,194 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Five (5) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,510 of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 23,704 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 16,820 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 631.99 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 24,318 cfs.

As a safety precaution, GRDA will be restricting access to spillway areas below the dams. The GRDA Police Department also reminds the public that it is illegal to enter floodwater discharge.