The primary mission of the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) is to provide low cost, reliable electric power and related services to our customers. However, enabling legislation, (dating back to the dam’s inception in 1935), states that the GRDA is a conservation and reclamation district for the waters of the Grand River and its tributaries. In keeping with that same spirit, GRDA’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Easley, created a new department in 2004 to demonstrate a renewed commitment to conservation and restoration within the organization. To reinforce that commitment GRDA has provided the necessary infra-structure and resources to address the complex issues threatening the integrity and function of our watershed. GRDA’s state-of-the-art water quality and research lab located within the new Ecosystems and Education Center and subsequent long term partnerships with the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are laying the foundation to address the challenges facing natural resource scientists in the 21st Century.