GRDA proposes dock and marina rebuild processes to FERC

Langley — Following the early February snowstorms that caused extensive damage to docks and marinas around Grand Lake, the Grand River Dam Authority continues in its efforts in working with the public on restoration.

Recent conversations with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff centered around GRDA’s approach to deal with reconstruction activities of FERC-permitted marinas following Oklahoma’s most severe snow and ice storm on record.

According to GRDA Ecosystems Management Director Dr. Darrell Townsend, GRDA certainly acknowledges “a need for flexibility and an expedited process allowing marinas to rebuild in a timely manner to quickly resume “normal” business practices during these difficult economic times.”

In effort to meet those needs, GRDA staff proposed expedited processes to FERC which would have given marinas more flexibility with rebuilding.  In response, however, FERC staff has directed GRDA to file for commission approval and provide a new drawing on any changes to the size or configuration of a proposed marina, together with a cover letter describing the proposed changes from the original FERC order authorizing the marira.

FERC staff stated it would review these requests on an expedited schedule. If the size of the marina increases, FERC has directed GRDA to consult with various resource agencies including (but not limited to) the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and file a new application outlining the changes for review by FERC. FERC must approve the changes before the modifications can be built.

For more information, contact the GRDA Ecosystems Management Department at (918) 256 0852. You can also visit grda.com, and click on the news tab for more information under the “GRDA addresses frequently asked cleanup questions” heading.