- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

VINITA, Okla. (AP) - The Grand River Dam Authority has formally asked federal regulators for permanent relief from a rule that drops Grand Lake’s elevation 3 feet most years in late summer.

The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1pwuv1P ) reports that the nonprofit wants the so-called rule curve amended so that the lake would instead drop 1 foot from Aug. 1 to Sept. 15, and then the remaining 2 feet after boating season peaks in late September.

Elevation requirements were implemented to facilitate habitat development, but they’ve upset boaters who say it creates safety hazards during one of the busiest times of the year.

Upstream property owners have generally opposed changing the rule curve, saying it would increase the probability of flooding.

The agency has also asked to shorten the public comment period 60 days to 30.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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