Category: Water Quality

Our Borrowed Water, a new documentary detailing the importance of the Grand and Illinois River watersheds, is set to “premiere” to the public on February 19th at teh GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley

The film takes a closer look at some of the issues surrounding these waters while also illustrating their value through the eyes of those who depend on them for work and play.

The film does all of this against a backdrop of stunning visuals along Grand Lake and the Illinois River.

GRDA contracted with 1577 Productions to produce the documentary which features an intro from GRDA President/CEO Dan Sullivan, as well as interviews with GRDA Vice President of Ecosystems and Watershed Management Dr. Darrell Townsend, GRDA Vice President of Scenic Rivers Operations Ed Fite and others.

The first public premier of Our Borrowed Water is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, at 6PM inside the Grand Hall at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley.

The event is free and open to the public.

Following the premiere, there will also be time for a short Q&A session about the film.

Additional premier events are being planned at other locations in the GRDA lakes and river areas.

With roughly 70,000 surface acres of lake waters under its control, as well as the waters of the scenic Illinois River, GRDA is second only to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) in terms of jurisdiction over state waters.

GRDA’s ongoing efforts to protect and preserve these waters is evident in many ways, including the work conducted in its water research laboratories, its public outreach programs and ongoing partnerships with other resource agencies across a four-state region.

The GRDA mission is to be a good steward of the natural resources under its control and to preserve and protect these waters and GRDA intends for the film to be another tool to help share the importance of this “borrowed water” to all those who utilize these resources.

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.