January 7th was a red-letter day for the St. Lawrence River.
It was the day Plan 2014 – the modern water levels plan Save The River has advocated for since the 1990’s – went into effect.
Unfortunately, even before it was unanimously approved by the International Joint Commission, a few elected officials and self-appointed spokespersons from the south shore of Lake Ontario began using “alternative facts” to block its approval and now its operation.
Their plan? Is no plan at all – They would keep in place the outdated regulatory scheme that has destroyed critical wetland habitat, decimated key species like Northern Pike and Black Term, and choked economic development up and down the River for the past 50 years.
Their efforts continue – and they are wrong on every point.
ECONOMIC AND SHORELINE BENEFITS
Their claim? The new plan “will set the stage for very large man-made disasters . . . [and] the real numbers [of damages] will be in the hundreds of millions [of dollars] . . . that could destroy the economies of six counties” (note 1)
PUBLIC SUPPORT AND INPUT
Their claim? “The approval of this plan was a midnight action“ (note 2) and it “was a last-minute mid-night approval by U.S. and Canadian officials having no understanding of [its] ramifications.” (note 3)
THE BOTTOM LINE
Their claim? “[A] recent decision by the International Joint Commission on Lake Levels [sic] to increase the maximum lake level by another two feet.” (note 4)
1. January 30, 2017 letter from the Lake Ontario Riparian Alliance (LORA) to President Trump
2. January 17, 2017 letter from Reps. Collins and Katko to then Vice President-elect Pence
3. January 30, 2017 LORA letter to President Trump
4. Letter to the editor from NYS Assemblyman Peter Lawrence published in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle April 30, 2016
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