We are just a couple of weeks out from the Grand River Dam Authority’s first “Rush For Brush” event of the season.
The first “Rush For Brush” happens on Saturday, April 16th in Grove and the second happens Saturday, May 21st, at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley. You can find out more and how to sign up on the ‘Events’ page HERE.
For those unfamiliar with this, “Rush For Brush” is a program of the GRDA Ecosystems Management Program, intended to enhance the fisheries habitat in GRDA lake waters.
Each spring (for a decade now), GRDA has been working with lake-area volunteers to build the habitats. The volunteers have provided the labor, GRDA has provided the material and, as a result, approximately 14,000 of the “spider block” artificial habitats have been built and placed in the lake waters since the spring of 2007.
GRDA began using the artificial habitats 10 years ago to simulate natural brush piles and help make sure the fishing habitat supports the great fishing at Grand Lake and Hudson Lake.
The spider blocks are designed to protect fry and fingerlings and will stay in place longer than a natural brush pile. They are made primarily of PVC piping and weighted with concrete blocks, cements or bricks. The weights anchors the habitat to the bottom of the lake and the “spider” arms formed by the PVC provide the cover for the fish.
Since GRDA first began the program in 2007 (with just a handful of volunteers at the first event), Rush For Brush has become one of the most popular events hosted by GRDA.
More importantly, the fisheries reputations of both Grand and Hudson lakes (which were pretty strong to begin with) have been enhanced in the eyes of many, due to the efforts of the volunteers who have helped to build and place these habitats over the years.
Thank you to all those who have helped in the past; GRDA looks forward to the next round of Rush For Brush.
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.