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Grand Lake boaters welcome delayed lake draw down

Posted at 10:25 PM, Sep 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-03 23:26:22-04

If you were on a green country lake this weekend, you might of noticed something different… the water levels.

Normally, federal regulators would require several feet to be drained out of Grand Lake by Labor Day.

Boaters and lake operators said the higher levels make it safer for everyone.

The 'draw down' of the lake levels exposes the shoreline, allowing the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) to plant millet seeds for migratory birds.

Others believed the low lake levels during the winter helped with flood control.

For the second season, boaters got a break from the feds, allowing less of a 'draw down'.

“We finally last year won a 22 year battle to stop dropping the lake dangerously low," said Mike Williams, Director of Communications for Shangri-La Resort.

“The safety from tubing all the way to just swimming, regular boating, all around it's just better," said Justin Reavis, a Grand Lake boater.

The lake levels at Grand will now gradually drop another two feet by October.

The lake community is hoping these lake level plans will become permanent.

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