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 72.4 feet across a cove, which measures 146.2 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: Brian Plummer

Location: Cove west of Woodard

Lake Address: 32600 S 573 RD., Jay, Ok

Legal Description: Township 24N, Range 23E, Section 21

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.

Notice To The Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) will hold an informal public meeting on November 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at:

Grand River Dam Authority
Board Room
226 W. Dwain Willis Ave.
Vinita, OK 74301

The purpose of this meeting is to obtain public comments regarding an application to modify docks and add PWC slips. The applicant is Anchors End Homeowners Association and the facility is located in Ketchum, Oklahoma. The applicant proposes to replace and modify three existing docks, and add 10 pwc slips. With the modifications, the facility would have a total of 51 boat slips and 28 pwc slips.

The property associated with this proposal is located in Ketchum Cove on Grand Lake, in Mayes County, Oklahoma.

GRDA wishes to solicit comments on this proposed project 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., Vice-President Ecosystems and Watershed Management, P. O. Box 70, Langley, OK 74350, (918) 256-0616.

Across Pensacola Dam: traffic control personnel, signage to be in place during early November project

In order to facilitate a load testing project across Pensacola Dam, the Grand River Dam Authority is reporting that special traffic control signage will be in place across the dam, on selected days in early November.

Drivers traveling Highway 28 across the dam on Friday, November 2; Tuesday, November 6 and Tuesday, November 13 should be aware of special signage and traffic control personnel. Weather permitting, the testing is anticipated to begin at 8:30 am and conclude at 11:30 am on each of those dates. However, a full closure of the roadway will not be necessary.

GRDA asks for the public’s cooperation during this project, so that it can be completed both safely and promptly.

Floodwater Release Bulletin

At 11:00 AM on Monday, October 15:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 745.45 feet. Daily target elevation for October 15 is 742 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, one (1) main gate was open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 8,209 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 11,959 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 20,168 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 27,816 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 619.74 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • Four (4) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse.
  • Releases through generation totaled 19,440 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 20,195 cfs.

 

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 100 feet across a cove, which measures 203 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: Joe & Shelley Duvall

Location: Gray’s Hollow

Lake Address: 580 Private Rd. 056, Eucha, OK 74342

Legal Description: Township 23N, Range 22E, Section 4

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.

Kimball is new GRDA Chairman

GRDA Board Chairman Tom Kimball.

Vinita – Tom Kimball (Owasso), a founding member of the Owasso Economic Development Authority and 56 year veteran of the retail industry, will lead the Grand River Dam Authority as chairman during the next 12 months.

Kimball assumed the chairman post at the September 18 meeting of the GRDA Board of Directors in Vinita. He succeeds outgoing Chairman Joe Vandevier (Owasso). Jim Richie (Tulsa) will serve as the board’s chair-elect for the next year.

Kimball was first appointed to the GRDA Board by then-Oklahoma Senate President Pro-Tempore Brian Bingman in November 2012. In 2017, he was re-appointed by then-Present Pro Tempore Mike Schulz. Along with his economic development and retail experience, he has been an active member of the board of Spirit Bank since 2005. He is also active in the Grand Lake community and spends a significant amount of time at his lake home each week. Kimball previously served as GRDA Chairman in 2014-15.

Richie is co-founder and chief auctioneer for Kruse Energy & Equipment LLC. He was first appointed to the board in January 2014 by then-Oklahoma Speaker of

GRDA Board Director Jim Richie.

the House T.W. Shannon. Like Kimball, he is also an active member of the Grand Lake community and part-time Grand Lake resident.

“I am pleased that Chairman Kimball accepted the nomination for another term as our board chairman,” said GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “Tom Kimball is devoted to our employees, our customers and the resources that we manage. His proven leadership and voice on our board is a valuable asset to GRDA.”

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. Appointments are made by the Oklahoma Governor (3), Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. Two other board positions are ex-officio, filled by the general manager of the OAEC and the executive director of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) or by their designees.

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 108 feet across a cove, which measures 158 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: Mike Moore

Location: Summerfield Hollow

Lake Address: 54090 E. 355 Rd., Jay, OK 74346

Legal Description: Township 23N, Range 22E, Section 1

Project: Private Dock

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

Pensacola Dam roadway to be one lane on Sept. 20

Langley – In order to facilitate a project to remove old light poles, the Grand River Dam Authority is reporting that the portion of Highway 28 that crosses over Pensacola Dam will be limited to one lane on Thursday, September 20.

“This is intended to be a one day project, but in order to get it done promptly and safely, traffic will need to be limited to one lane for the duration of the work on Thursday, September 20,” said GRDA Vice President of Corporate Communications Justin Alberty. “We do appreciate the public’s cooperation during this project.”

Alberty added that special signage would be in place, along with traffic control personnel, to help direct traffic safely across the one lane. The work is expected to last from 8AM to 5PM.

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 101 feet across a cove, which measures 164 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: Douglas and/or Karen Johnson

Location: Courthouse Hollow

Lake Address: 32300 S. 597 Road, Grove, OK

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

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 Police offer safe boating and floating tips for Labor Day weekend

Boats gather on the waters of Grand Lake on a 2018 summer day. Large crowds are expected during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. If you are headed to Grand Lake, Lake Hudson or the Illinois River, GRDA reminds you to boat safe, smart and sober.

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

Whether you are visiting GRDA’s Grand Lake, Lake Hudson or the scenic Illinois River, it is important to remember that enjoyable outings always start with boating (and floating) safe, smart and sober.

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

GRDA has shared the following “Dos and DON’Ts” often, but as you head to the water this weekend, please keep these in mind:

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

For those planning on hitting the water on a personal watercraft (PWC), the GRDA Police also offers these important safety tips:

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

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

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

Governor appoints Afton’s Lewandowski to GRDA Board

Mike Lewandowski, newest member of GRDA’s Board of Directors.

Vinita – Afton’s Mike Lewandowski, who owned and operated a McDonald’s restaurant for over three decades, is the newest member of the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors.

On Friday, August 10, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced Lewandowski’s appointment to the GRDA Board. He replaces Ed Townsend (Grove). Townsend, the founder, owner and chief executive officer of Bank of Grand Lake, served on the board five years. His term expires August 31.

“Mike Lewandowski is a successful businessman who has always been engaged in his community,” said Governor Fallin in a press release announcing the appointment. “He will make an excellent and engaged board member at the GRDA.”

Lewandowski started working for the McDonald’s Corporation in 1980 as a supervisor for a licensee. In 1986, he and his wife, Julie, became owner-operators of a McDonald’s. They owned and operated a restaurant for 31 years, selling the family business in July 2017.

“Mike Lewandowski will be a great addition to the board,” said incoming GRDA Chairman Tom Kimball. “His many years of business success in the GRDA service area and his background in fish and wildlife issues will be important assets for the organization. I look forward to serving with him.”

Lewandowski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife management from Southwest Missouri State University. During his tenure with McDonalds he served on a number of boards dealing with a variety of topics, along with working with church, bank and city organizations.

“We are happy to have Mike Lewandowski join our Board of Directors,” said GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “Mr. Lewandowski brings many years of successful business experience and a love of Grand Lake to GRDA. We look forward to his participation, insight and input with our other members of the board.”

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.

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 the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) or by their designees. Board members serve staggered, five-year terms, with one position opening each year, to ensure continuity.

Grove’s Townsend Ends Tenure on GRDA Board

Langley – After five years of service, Ed Townsend (Grove), closed out his tenure on the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors during the board’s August 8 meeting in Langley.

Outgoing GRDA Director Ed Townsend admires the Grand Lake eagle print presented to him during the August 8 meeting of the GRDA Board of Directors in Langley. Townsend, who served as GRDA Chairman in 2015-16, is ending his tenure on the board after five years of service.

Townsend, the founder, owner and chief executive officer of Bank of Grand Lake, was appointed to the GRDA Board by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin in September 2013. He served as GRDA Chairman in 2015-16 and throughout his tenure helped lead the board’s audit, finance, budget, policy and compliance committee. Townsend’s leadership of GRDA was critical during a significant period as the organization enhanced its electric generation portfolio with additional wind generation, state-of-the-art emission controls on its Unit 2 coal generator and the construction of its new ultra-efficient Unit 3 combined cycle gas plant.

“We want to thank you for your five years of service,” GRDA President/CEO Dan Sullivan told Townsend during the meeting. “I’ve told a lot of people that you are one the brightest people I know, with your ability to analyze issues on the fly. It’s truly an amazing gift and we are very appreciative of you sharing that gift with GRDA.”

GRDA Chairman Joe Vandevier echoed Sullivan’s sentiments about Townsend’s value to the board.

“Director Townsend brought a world of experience in the financial and operational areas,” said Vandevier. “We’ve really leaned on that experience and we thank him for his service.”

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.

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 the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) or by their designees. Board members serve staggered, five-year terms, with one position opening each year, to ensure continuity.

Governor Fallin is expected to name Townsend’s successor soon.

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 119.1 feet across a cove, which measures 174.3 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: William St. Clair

Location: Duck Creek

Lake Address: 451000 Bill Hardesty Lane, Afton, OK

Legal Description: Township 24N, Range 22E, Section 29

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 Police stressing safety for July 4 boating

Lining up for lake time … The July 4th holiday is one the busiest boating times on GRDA’s Grand and Hudson lakes, and the Illinois River. If your holiday plans include a trip to any of these waters, the GRDA Police Department urges you to boat safe, smart and sober.

Langley – On the waters of Grand and Hudson lakes, as well as the Illinois River, the July 4th holiday is often the high point of the summer season. In anticipation of all the water enthusiasts paying a visit to enjoy Oklahoma’s premier recreation destinations, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department wants to remind each of them to boat and float safe, smart and sober.

One very special message the GRDA Police shares with Grand Lake visitors each July 4th holiday is the reminder that

Promoting safe outings… The GRDA Police Department will be out in full force over the July 4 holiday, to help promote safe outings and assist boaters. If you have an emergency on the water, dial 911. You can also reach the police on Marine Band 16.

special boating rules are in effect for the Duck Creek arm of the lake. On the actual day of the Duck Creek Fireworks (Wednesday, July 4) all watercraft shall operate at “Idle” and avoid producing a wake at all times in Duck Creek (all day, all night).

However, whether your plans are to watch the Duck Creek fireworks or any other lake-area fireworks display from the water, the following tips can help promote a safe and enjoyable holiday outing.

  • Before you leave the dock, know the stability, load capability and handling of the vessel you are operating. Remember, every boat is different. Check the water conditions and know where hazards like sandbars and stump beds are located.
  • Before you leave the dock, check the weather conditions. Don’t get caught on the lake in a storm you could have avoided.
  • Airplane pilots file a flight plan. Boaters need a float plan. Tell someone responsible where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Don’t drink and boat! Most lake accidents are alcohol related. Don’t become a statistic.
  • Floating the scenic Illinois River? GRDA reminds you to let the commercial float operator know if you or 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.
  • If you are tired while floating, take a break on the bank or on a gravel bar to rest.  
  • Never swim or boat alone. Stay within sight of companions.

Floating on the Fourth … Canoes and kayaks lined up and ready to take floaters down the scenic Illinois River. If your holiday plans include a float trip, the GRDA Police Department is passing along some safety tips you should keep in mind.

GRDA also reminds you that the July 4th holiday is a great chance to take a free tour of historic Pensacola Dam. Tours originate from the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center, located just west of the dam, in Langley. If you are planning on taking the tour, remember to wear comfortable shoes (there is a fair amount of walking involved) and dress for the weather. Also, all persons over 18 are required to present some form of ID. Tours are available seven days a week (9AM to 4PM).

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

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

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. 

Temporary closure of Wolf Creek arm, ramp

Grove – The Grand River Dam Authority Police Department is announcing that portions of the Wolf Creek arm of Grand Lake, as well as the Wolf Creek boat ramp, will be closed during the 6th Annual Thunder on Wolf Creek racing event, held by the Oklahoma Boat Racing Association June 29 through July 1, as well as the Southern Drag Boat Association (SDBA) Wolf Creek Nationals, July 7 and 8.

However, during both events, homeowners will be allowed access to their private docks with proof of residency.

All vessel operators should watch for special navigational buoys and officers that will be present in the area during these events for safety and traffic control.

The GRDA Police Department appreciates your cooperation during this temporary closure. For more information on these events, you can visit thunderonwolfcreek.com and sdbaracing.com.

 

GRDA receives “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition”

Tulsa – The Grand River Dam Authority’s innovative “Rush For Brush” program, which has focused on fisheries enhancement of GRDA lake waters for over a decade, was recently recognized by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2).

Debbie Dooley (right), Field Representative for Congressman Markwayne Mullin, presents a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” to GRDA President/CEO Dan Sullivan (center) and GRDA Vice President of Ecosystems and Lake Management Dr. Darrell Townsend. The certificates was in recognition of GRDA’s “Rush For Brush” fisheries habitat enhancement program.

In early June, Mullin’s Office presented the GRDA program with a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” to honor its years of success in constructing and deploying thousands of artificial fish habitats in the waters of Grand and Hudson lakes. Those habitats – built by volunteer labor with materials supplied by GRDA – provide cover for small fish and, in turn, create a fish attractant which is popular with area fishermen.

“Rush For Brush” has grown in popularity and participation every year since its 2007 beginning. Earlier this year, it also received the National Hydropower Association (NHA) “Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters” award.

“We appreciate this recognition from Congressman Mullin as we work to fulfill our stewardship mission for Oklahoma,” said GRDA President/CEO Dan Sullivan. “Much of the credit also goes to the many volunteers over the years who have helped to make the program a success.”

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 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.