GRDA gets FERC approval for Lake Hudson Shoreline Management Plan

Vinita – A shoreline management plan (SMP) for Lake Hudson, which was developed by the Grand River Dam Authority in 2009 has received final approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

A scenic shot of Lake Hudson. On Wednesday, April 30, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order to approve and modify a shoreline management plan (SMP) for the lake developed by the Grand River Dam Authority in 2009.

A scenic shot of Lake Hudson. On Wednesday, April 30, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order to approve and modify a shoreline management plan (SMP) for the lake developed by the Grand River Dam Authority in 2009.

FERC is the federal agency that licenses and inspects private, municipal and state hydroelectric projects. GRDA holds FERC licenses to operate the Markham Ferry Project (including Robert S. Kerr Dam and Lake Hudson) as well as Pensacola Dam (Grand Lake) and the Salina Pumped Storage Project (W.R. Holway Reservoir). At the commission’s request, GRDA developed the SMP in 2009, with public input, to serve as a roadmap for future development around the Lake Hudson shoreline. That plan was submitted to FERC shortly after submittal of the more comprehensive Grand Lake SMP. FERC approved the Grand SMP in October 2013 and issued its final order approving and modifying the Hudson SMP on Wednesday, April 30.

According to the FERC order, “the proposed SMP provides for consistent land management policies and permitting decisions on project lands in the short term and over the life of the project license.”

GRDA’s proposed SMP for Hudson had several key elements, including an inventory of existing resources and land uses within the project boundary; a summary of the proposed recreation management plan for the project (including estimates for future use); SMP classifications and allowable use categories, and other items intended to aid in proper management of the shoreline in the future.

“We are pleased to get this new Order from FERC,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan. “Like the Grand Lake SMP, the Hudson one was developed with much public input from lake stakeholders and GRDA is appreciative of that input. This plan will require some additional work on our part to meet the changes FERC has included but our ecosystems management and lake operations personnel are prepared to do that work.”

Along with the individuals that served on stakeholder working groups during plan development, GRDA also received input for the Hudson SMP from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the Oklahoma Historic Preservation Office, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and others.

Created in 1964, with the completion of Kerr Dam, Lake Hudson has 12,000 surface acres of water, surrounded by 200 miles of shoreline. The public can view the Hudson SMP, as well as the recent FERC order, online at grda.com.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable electricity touches75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years.

 

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