Notice of public meeting with proposed permit changes

The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) will hold a public meeting on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at:

GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center
Grand Hall
420 E Hwy 28
Langley OK 74350

The purpose of this meeting is to obtain public comments regarding the proposed changes related to the permit applications for private and commercial docks, specifically encapsulated flotation and property boundary buffers.

GRDA wishes to solicit comments on this proposed change from all interested individuals and businesses. If you would like to submit written comments or have any questions, please contact Darrell E. Townsend II, Ph.D., Assistant General Manager of Ecosystems and Lake Management, P. O. Box 70, Langley, OK 74350, (918) 256-0616.

Summary of proposed changes to the permit applications:

Encapsulated Flotation:

Current Standard:

All flotation materials for: (i) newly constructed docks, (ii) relocated docks which move from one location another location, (iii) docks which have been taken in trade and offered for re‐sale or trade by a licensed dock builder, or (iv) other water‐use structures and facilities shall be constructed of approved flotation material and be commercially manufactured for marine use. In the event a dock is sought to be relocated and has non‐encapsulated white styrofoam in good condition, the applicant may seek written permission from the GRDA Ecosystems Management. The written permission must be obtained from the GRDA Ecosystems Management prior to relocation of the dock. In the event the GRDA Ecosystems denies the applicant’s request for the styrofoam to remain, the applicant may request the GRDA Board of Directors review the applicant’s request. Otherwise, all styrofoam flotation materials must be fully encapsulated in solid polyethylene or similar materials.

Proposed Standard:

A residential dock must be constructed of such quality material as to withstand lake level changes and exposure to strong wind, fast moving water and severe wave action. All flotation materials for (1) newly constructed docks, (2) dock modifications, (3) relocated docks which move from one location to another, (4) docks which have been taken in trade and offered for re‐sale or trade by a licensed dock builder, (5) all docks undergoing the “transfer of ownership,” or (6) other water‐use structures and facilities shall be constructed of approved flotation material and be commercially manufactured for marine use. All styrofoam flotation must be fully encapsulated in solid polyethylene or similar materials. All traditional white styrofoam shall be replaced with approved flotation material and be commercial manufactured for marine use by 2020.

Property Buffers:

No current written standard
Proposed Standard:

All approved docks must maintain a minimum of 5 feet between the edge of the dock and the applicant’s property line. For example, a property owner with 80 feet of shoreline can  accommodate structures with a maximum width of 70 feet allowing for a 5 foot property buffer between the applicant’s dock and the neighboring property line.

Updates to Applications:

All applications will be updated with current contact information and reorganized with more user‐friendly processes.