Great strides have been made in the past year in protecting our environment to provide a better quality of life for all who use the waters of GRDA.

The Adopt the Shoreline program has made a significant impact in clearing shoreline debris from Lady Grand in recent months, in addition to the efforts made by our GRDA Shoreline Maintenance Crew.

These efforts will continue with the Lend a Hand to Lady Grand program, where we encourage all property owners, businesses, civic groups and all lake-goers to join in the annual effort to clean our shoreline to make it cleaner and safer for all users of the lake.

This is a joint effort between the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) and the America’s Boating Club (ABC) a/k/a Grand Lake Power Squadron.

Regardless of the unsightly look of lakeside debris, we often forget about the impact the rubbish has on our natural resources.

The breakdown of dock foam into pellets is hazardous to birds. Many types of birds have been found to feed on these pellets, most likely because they mistake them for fish eggs or other types of food. Ingestion of debris can lead to starvation or malnutrition if the ingested items block the intestinal tract, preventing digestion, or accumulate in the digestive tract, making the animal feel “full” and lessening its desire to feed.

Entanglement in debris is also a problem.

Marine mammals, turtles, birds, fish, and crustaceans all have been affected by entanglement in or ingestion of floatable debris.

An animal might try to use a piece of floatable debris for shelter, as a plaything, or as a source of food (if other plants and animals are already trapped in the debris or if the debris resembles prey that is part of the animal’s normal diet). It can also cause strangulation or suffocation.

In an effort to make a positive impact on our environment, we encourage everyone to take responsibility for an area of Grand Lake, big or small, pick up the trash and take it to any of the listed sites, where dumpsters will be available for free disposal.

Mark your calendar for the annual shoreline clean-up for June 2 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.

You do not want to miss an opportunity to dispose of dock Styrofoam or other debris excluding tree limbs, tires, batteries, paint and household garbage at no charge.

No commercial dumping of dock foam will be allowed.

Dumpsters for lake debris will be available at the following locations:

  • Grove Springs Park
    349 W. O’Daniel PKWY,
    Grove, Ok 74344
  • Bernice State Park
    54101 E. Highway 85A
    Bernice, Ok 74331
  • Church on the Lake
    449599 E. Highway 85
    Ketchum, Ok. 74349

This annual event was started by the ABC in 2005 in partnership with the GRDA.

Over the years, large amounts of debris have been removed, especially loose pieces of dock foam.

With over 1,300 miles of shoreline, Lady Grand needs all of us to pitch in and help.

For more information contact John Walter, Environmental Officer, ABC (918) 314-3773 or Ed Ferguson, Community Relations Officer, GRDA at (918) 256-0890.

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