OKLAHOMA CITY/ State Rep. Doug Cox (R-Grove) issued the following statement regarding restrictions at Grand Lake during the July 4 weekend.
“I am pleased that the GRDA Board took no action to close Grand Lake. They have done a very good job of making the public aware of the presence of blue-green algae, and that is the extent of their responsibility.
“In all lakes in this great state it is a ‘swim at your own risk’ policy. GRDA has done an excellent job of educating the public about any possible risk.
“I regret the way that both GRDA and DEQ handled the situation in a manner which caused near-panic and no doubt will decrease visitorship to our lake. This will indeed cause financial hardship to marina owners, restaurants, and all other businesses on the lake that are dependent on tourism.
“I suspect that all lakes in Oklahoma contain some blue green algae at this time of year. The Oklahoma Dept of Environmental Quality has created an inordinate amount of fear and concern in using scare tactics in regard to this issue.
“I am pleased to report that as of this time we have seen no algae-related illness at Integris Grove General Hospital.”