News release issued by the Grand River Dam Authority
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has NOT directed the Grand River Dam Authority to drain Grand Lake.
That is the GRDA response today after a lake area publication, the Grand Laker, ran a false story, as an early April Fool's Day joke, claiming FERC had ordered GRDA to drain the lake immediately.
The story led to some mild panic around the Grand Lake community Thursday afternoon, as well as a fair amount of angry, upset phone calls to GRDA offices.
"It seems this publication intended for this to be an April Fool's joke but obviously it was not well-received by a portion of the lake community," said GRDA Corporate Communications Director Justin Alberty. "GRDA felt the need to set the record straight. There is no truth at all to the story that Grand Lake is being drained."