* Note – This cleanup originally scheduled for Wed, Oct 19th has been moved to Thursday, Oct 27th because of the chance of storms.
Area business, organizations joining forces on lake area cleanup efforts
Grove – In an ongoing effort to help keep Grand Lake’s scenery as “grand” as possible, the Grand River Dam Authority is working with the new Grove Community Living and Learning Committee (GCLLC) on a beautification initiative.
While the committee is planning new community clean-up programs for the Grove area, GRDA will be working to coordinate quarterly cleanups in several key areas of the lake, beginning near Grove.
Each month GRDA Superintendent of Shoreline Enforcement Scott Horton flies the shoreline of Grand Lake to identify compliance issues. As a result of those flights, he has identified areas which have a high concentration of trash and old dock foam. Those flights led to the establishment of the quarterly cleanup schedule, which began in Duck Creek last July. Because of the work done at that time, over six tons of dock foam and trash were removed from the area.
The next cleanup for 2016 is scheduled for the Sailboat Bridge area of Grand Lake on Thursday, October 27th. Several lake area dock construction companies including Goldner Company, Shepherd’s Dock Construction, DD Welding and Fabrication, Premier Dock Construction LLC and the Dock Guys will be participating.
Also, inmate work crews from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections providing additional labor.
Horton said a similar cleanup –again in Duck Creek – will also take place in November.
Grove’s Pete Churchwell, who serves both as chairman of the GRDA Board and chairman of the GCLLC, said this type of cleanup effort goes hand-in-hand with the initiatives of the GCLCC. While GRDA’s efforts will focus on the water, GCLCC will focus on the land around the shoreline.
Going forward, education, community health and lake access area for non-boaters will also be GCLCC priorities.
However, it all must start with clean up and, working together, these organizations are doing just that.
Above – GRDA’s Zachery Johnston (left) and Justin Nowlin help remove old dock foam from the shores of Grand Lake, during a previous cleanup effort. GRDA is now scheduling cleanups on a quarterly basis, with the next one to be focused in the Sailboat Bridge area on Thursday, October 27th.