Stop by and visit with GRDA

Power for Progress…
A weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority

GRDA Police Officers Jason Littlefield (left) and Scott Cox meet the public during the 2012 Tulsa Boat Show. Come see the guys again, plus other members of the GRDA team, at the 2013 shows in Tulsa and Grove.

GRDA Police Officers Jason Littlefield (left) and Scott Cox meet the public during the 2012 Tulsa Boat Show. Come see the guys again, plus other members of the GRDA team, at the 2013 shows in Tulsa and Grove.

When the crowds gather for the winter boat shows, the Grand River Dam Authority will be there too, promoting boating safety, sharing lake rules and regulations and simply discussing Grand and Hudson Lakes. 

With 70,000 surface acres of water under its control – including Oklahoma’s premier water destination, Grand Lake – the best time to discuss these lake issues is anytime. For many years, GRDA has been a regular at shows like the upcoming Tulsa, Boat, Sport and Travel Show (January 28 – February 3) and the Grand Lake Boat and Sport Show (February 22 – 24).

Such events are opportunities for the GRDA Police, Ecosystems Management and Lake Relations Departments to meet with lake enthusiasts and answer their questions about the lakes, lake events, fisheries enhancement, dock permitting, boater safety courses, water quality monitoring, and on and on.

This year’s booth will feature displays and information about the annual Kyle Williams Safe Boating Classes, which are offered free to the public each year. Young boaters, between the ages of 12 and up to 16 (without a valid driver’s license) must complete one of these courses before operating certain vessels on Oklahoma waters. GRDA offers the courses so that participants can “boat safe, boat smart and boat certified” in Oklahoma.

There is also important information about an unfortunate aquatic nuisance – the zebra mussel. By following a few simple tips, lake users can help prevent the spread of mussels across Oklahoma waters.

All of this information, and plenty more, is provided to help GRDA fulfill its mission to make certain “that on and around our lakes we will support recreational development, environmental awareness, and good safety practices to ensure the continued improvement of the quality of life for all of those who utilize our resources.”

So if you plan on attending the boat show this year, be sure to stop by and visit with GRDA.

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