Lake Hudson Shoreline Management Project
project recently on the agenda of the Grand River Dam Authority is
the Lake Hudson Shoreline Management Project. It is the Federal
Energy Regulating Committee’s policy to encourage that a shoreline
management plan is in place. The basic concept of the shoreline
management project is to allocate uses for the lake. During public
meetings held this January, OBF.com was present to participate in
discussions regarding this and a number of other issues.
GRDA officials have established a target date of August 2004 to
establish a plan to present to FERC for the re-licensing project.
These public meetings have been conducted in order to get the
shareholders and other interested parties together to establish a
plan of attack and develop a contact list for future information
dissemination. GRDA officials also mentioned that the shoreline
management process for the Grand Lake of the Cherokee’s is also in
its beginning stages.
Many of the
issues discussed included permitting and construction methods of
boat docks and marinas, habitat improvement and water quality. The
water quality issue has been brought to the forefront due to the
logistics of Lake Hudson being down stream of the Tar Creek
Superfund Site. The soil in that area is contaminated with lead
left from years of lead and zinc mining. Lawsuits against eight
mining companies have accused the companies of concealing their
knowledge of the severity of the health effects of the lead
contamination. So far, the federal government has spent
$100-million on the clean-up project. Testing for heavy metals down
stream and possible sampling of fish and soil may be required. Some
of the possible problems that may be presented besides the obvious
health related risks, are during dredging projects around the lake,
soil samples may be required before any work could begin.
addition, the concerns over inadequate river channel markings and
underwater hazardous for the boating public were addressed. A
possible plan of lowering the lake pool level down five feet in
order to destroy old cement railroad embankments, and then leaving
the pile of rubble for fishing structure is being considered. The
pool level would then be raised back up to 619 and stay at that
target level. It was also brought to our attention that the target
level for Grand Lake would be 744. The GRDA officials also pointed
out that the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages 11 other lakes in this system,
functioning together including the Navigation Channel, so at times
they are at the mercy of the Corps.
And finally, the
lack of public facilities and fishing tournament activities were
discussed. Ramp crowding and fishing tournament permitting are hot
topics. As many of you know, recently a dispute between a bass
Tournament Director and a Grand River Dam Authority Lake Patrolman
was resolved by the Oklahoma Anglers Unlimited. The unfortunate
incident took place at Snowdale State Park, which is located two
miles west of Salina on SH-20. Snowdale is the only major facility
located on the 12,000 acre lake. The park is approximately 15 acres
with around 80 campsites and limited parking for a major bass
tournament’s activities. The park is basically not equipped or
designed to launch large tournaments.
their commitment to improving the situation while asking for
suggestions to expand and develop a more suitable area for
tournament activities. Any input from the public has and will be
Another public meeting will be held with the dates announced soon
and they encourage all interested parties to attend.
Here’s a few helpful links:
“Hydroelectric Dams Subject to FERC Relicensing—1998-2010”<
- from Positions on Property, Vol. 4, No. 1 (PRFA,
The Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.
Snowdale State Park
For questions or comments you can contact:
And a special thanks is in order to the Oklahoma Anglers Unlimited
and Doss Briggs, the district 2 & 3 director for his attendance and
concern for our angling future.
Take it easy,
and good fishing!