A new documentary detailing the importance of the Illinois and Grand River watersheds, will premiere at separate events in Langley, Tahlequah and in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in late February.
Entitled "Our Borrowed Water," the film takes a closer look at the 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.
The Grand River Dam Authority 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 and GRDA Vice President of Scenic Rivers Operations and Water Quality Ed Fite. Others featured in the film include Illinois River Watershed Partnership Executive Director Nicole Hardiman, OKC Kayak’s Dave Lindo and avid Illinois River fly fisherman Chris Castro.
GRDA will first show "Our Borrowed Water" on 6 p.m. Feb. 19, at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley. The following week, it will be shown at 6 p.m. Feb. 25, inside the Webb Building Auditorium on the Northeastern State University campus in Tahlequah. The final “premiere” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26, in the student union, rooms 510-511, on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The events are free and open to the public. Following each premiere, there will also be time for a short Q&A session about the film.
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 universities such as NSU and 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.