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Grand River Dam Authority Scenic Rivers Operations

GRDA.Com | Oklahoma Scenic Rivers | July 01, 2016

GRDA Scenic River Operations Office

On July 1, 2016, the Grand River Dam Authority absorbed the mission and responsibilities of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers 

Commission (OSRC). 

That mission is to protect, enhance, and preserve the outstanding aesthetic, historic, archaeological and scientific features 

of the Illinois River and its tributaries (Lee Creek, Little Lee Creek, Barren Fork Creek, Flint Creek, and the Upper Mountain 


Today, GRDA is invested with the power to establish minimum standards for planning and other ordinances affecting 

scenic rivers.

As the OSRC had done since its establishment in 1977, GRDA continues today to work with communities, 

businesses and individuals to mitigate their impact on scenic rivers.

We strive to educate the public about scenic rivers and also to provide everyone the opportunity to enjoy the features that make these water resources so special.

Oklahoma has six scenic rivers that collectively extend 161 miles through six counties. These rivers were granted scenic status based on their superior water quality and position as outstanding natural resources. The scenic river designation affords these valuable resources the highest protection and priority available through Oklahoma’s environmental agencies. Specific requirements of this designation include a strict prohibition on additional pollutants, dams, and 

wastewater treatment plants, and a close monitoring of construction activities alongside the river.

GRDA SRO carries out the provisions of the Scenic Rivers Act through protection, preservation, and education.


GRDA Scenic River Operations Office: (918) 456-3251