Grand Riverkeeper


Earl Hatley
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The Grand River begins at the convergence of the Neosho and the Spring Rivers in the northeastern portion of Oklahoma. The two rivers merge and form the Grand Rier at the southern edge of Ottawa County, where it flows through several counties on its way to meet with the Arkansas River in east-central Oklahoma. The Neosho and Spring Rivers are important water resources to the nine tribes and other subsistence and sports users located in Ottawa County and Oklahoma. They have provided abundant fish and game resources for tribal members since their arrival. The Neosho and Spring River convergence is now the top portion of Grand Lake. Just south of this convergence begins the jurisdiction of the Cherokee Nation, adding the tenth tribe to the list of tribal governments with jurisdiction on the Grand River before it merges with the Arkansas.

Earl is a life-long environmental activist because it is his calling, changing thousands of people’s lives for the better for more than 50 years. He is a co-founder of the LEAD agency – an environmental justice organization, working on a total of 18 Superfund sites so far in his career. Earl also serves as the Grand Riverkeeper, protecting Grand Lake and the upper Grand River watershed, working in conjunction with the Waterkeeper Alliance. In addition, Earl also works as an environmental consultant to Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages, as well as indigenous grassroots groups around the country.


19257 S. 4403 Dr.
Vinita, Oklahoma 74301