GRDA & GLPS Continue Life Jacket Programs

An important partnership, designed to promote life jacket usage for lake visitors, will continue on in 2019.

For several years, the Grand River Dam Authority and the Grand Lake Power Squadron (GLPS) have worked together to distribute free life jackets across the Grand Lake area. In fact, since 2016, GRDA has provided over $20,000 in funding to the GLPS to purchase life jackets. The funding and the partnership have helped to promote life jacket use and even supply life jackets to many of the visitors coming to Grand Lake’s waters each year.

GRDA Community Relations Officer Ed Ferguson (right) presented a $6,000 check to Grand Lake Power Squadron Executive Officer Scott Graves (left) and Commander Kevin Kamrath at the Tulsa Boat Show on Friday, February 1. Funds will be used to support several life jacket distribution programs in the Grand Lake region.

At the Tulsa Boat Sport &Travel Show on Friday, February 1, GRDA presented the GLPS with $6,000 to help fund the program for the coming year and advance its water safety mission.

The GLPS will use the funds to purchase life jackets, which will be distributed to needy recipients at both the Grove Boat Show (March 7 – 10) and the Grand Lake Camp Bandage event scheduled (June 8, 2019). At both events, GLPS volunteers will also provide assistance on proper life jacket sizing. 

Additional life jackets will also be purchased to stock free loaner stations located around the shores of Grand Lake. Stocked with United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved jackets in a variety of sizes, these stations can be a resource for lake visitors who do not arrive with a properly-fitted jacket. The GLPS maintains five loaner stations throughout the lake season at public boat ramps located at Bernice State Park, Wolf Creek Park, Honey Creek State Park, Elk River Landing and Twin Bridges State Park.

The GLPS welcomes the donation of funds or life jackets that can be used in these programs. New or gently used USCG approved life jackets can be dropped by the Grand Lake Visitor Center (9630 US Highway 59, Grove, Oklahoma) to be added to the distribution programs.

“We are proud to partner with the Grand Lake Power Squadron to help provide life jackets to lake area visitors,” said GRDA Chief of Law Enforcement Brian Edwards. “Safe boating always begins with proper life jacket use and we want to do all we can to help make sure those who visit our waters stay safe.”

GLPS is a non-profit boating organization located in Grove, on the shores of Grand Lake. The GLPS is a member of District 30 of the United States Power Squadron.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lake waters in Oklahoma, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. 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 Hunting Drawing

To register for the spring 2018 turkey hunts on GRDA’s Neosho Bottoms lands in Ottawa County, follow the link below. You will be directed to a site where you can apply for the hunts. You can choose you first, second, and third choice for dates. You can register yourself and up to four hunters making a maximum number of for per group by simply selecting add a registrant. The application period closes October 31st 2018. Multiple applicants will be deleted. The primary applicant will receive all correspondence. For more information contact Aaron Roper (918) 323-6234 or aroper@grda.com

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Planning for future reliability

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

Tying it all together … GRDA linemen work on a new pole installed as part of the Feeder 13 (high voltage power line) rebuild project. This large project was completed in-house in 2017 and is just one of many ways GRDA is working to maintain a reputation as a reliable power supplier.

When the Grand River Dam Authority held its annual customer meetings in mid-February, an update on the electric transmission system was on the agenda. This update was intended to inform customers of what GRDA has recently done, and what GRDA is also planning to do in the near future, to continue to maintain the reliable flow of electricity.

Just as your home’s electric systems needs outlets in the right places to meet your electrical needs, GRDA also needs the lines, substations and other components in the right places across its system to make sure the power is there when customer demands call for it. And because the high voltage electricity must flow across its 1,200 miles of transmission lines 24/7/365, proper system planning is a daily priority.

During his presentation to customers, GRDA Chief Engineer Jeff Tullis was able to speak about seven different projects, all completed in 2017, that were intended to help GRDA continue its reputation for reliability while also preparing the system for those future needs.

What were some of those projects? Well, there were projects at two different substations (one in the MidAmerica Industrial Park and one in the customer community of Pryor), as well as interconnect work in Claremore, a new electric feeder rebuild between the customer communities of Skiatook and Collinsville and even protection and terminal upgrade projects at both the GRDA Grand River Energy Center and Robert S. Ker Dam. 

While some of that may sound just a bit technical, it was all accomplished to help do one simple but critical task: make sure the power is available when and where it needs to be.

Contained within the GRDA “5E’s of excellence” mission is one very important pledge: We will produce low-cost, reliable electricity for our customers. The production happens at our power plants, while the reliable delivery happens all across Oklahoma. Every day, our team is working to ensure that continues on.

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. 

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