Great news was received last week as we learned that FERC has agreed to not require GRDA to draw Grand Lake down to the 741 elevation for the fall 2012 timeframe.
“We are very pleased with FERC’s decision today,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “As we noted in our request for this variance, drought conditions have had a tremendous impact on our lakes and there are many issues that must be considered.”
The FERC decision means GRDA will not conduct the annual mid-August three-foot drawdown of Grand Lake. In a normal weather year, based on FERC license requirements, GRDA would lower Grand Lake from 744 feet to 741 feet to expose mudflat areas and complete a millet seeding project.
However, at its June meeting, the Pensacola Technical Committee (comprised of GRDA representatives and other resource agencies with an interest in Grand Lake) agreed to suspend the 2012 millet seeding project. GRDA noted that decision in its July 24 request to FERC, and also outlined other license requirements, electric reliability, and water supply issues that could be negatively affected by a drawdown during the drought….MORE AT Grand Lake News Online
So…great news! Now, can you still hit that prop on some underwater stuff that can’t be seen. Yep, you sure can. So, continue to be careful out there, but at least we have a little more water to play on this fall.
And, after all, Fall is the best time for boating on Grand Lake!