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Meadow Marsh Wetlands Disappearing on the St. Lawrence River as Governments Delay

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted by Lee

Finalized and referred to the U.S. and Canadian governments in June 2014, Plan 2014 still awaits final approval!

It is time for leadership and action. Tell Ottawa and Washington it’s time.

Voice your support for Plan 2014 for a healthy future for the River. Write, print and send a letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion and Secretary of State John Kerry today.

Take Action:
Step 1: Download this template letter. Print, sign and add your address to the bottom. Or copy and paste the text into a new document to customize with your personal story.
Step 2: Mail your letter(s) to:

The Honorable Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister, 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2. You can also email him through the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State, US Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520. You can also tweet him @John Kerry

Step 3: Tell us how you took action on Facebook and Twitter, and share this link with your friends so they can support Plan 2014 too!


For over 50 years, the levels of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have been regulated by the Moses Saunders Dam, whose operating plan was developed with pre-computer technology. Plan 2014 uses modern simulations to adjust the dam’s operating plan to work with nature. If adopted, the new plan will restore 64,000 acres of wetlands, boost hydropower production and increase the resilience of hundreds of miles of shoreline in the U.S. and Canada.

Plan 2014 is also a net economic winner, providing millions annually in increased economic benefits for the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River region as well as increased hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities worth as much as $9.1 million annually to New York’s economy.

For more information visit: http://www.savetheriver.org/ index.cfm?page=app.programsLevels.


Sample Letter


Re: Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Plan 2014

Dear___________,

I write to express strong support for Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Plan 2014, which was developed with input from hundreds of experts and thousands of citizens. I support Plan 2014 because of its ability to restore and protect one of the US and Canada’s most precious freshwater resources – Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Plan 2014 is a once-in-a-generation chance to restore a critical freshwater resource. Plan 2014 will help protect against extreme water levels, restore tens of thousands of acres of wetlands, boost hydropower production and increase the resilience of hundreds of miles of shoreline in the U.S. and Canada.

Thriving wetland habitats support highly valued recreational opportunities, filter polluted run­off, and provide nurseries for fisheries and wildlife. Ecosystem health was not considered in the 1950s when decisions were made to artificially compress the natural variability of levels of Lake Ontario. Wetland habitats and key species of fish, birds and mammals have suffered. Plan 2014 will begin to reverse that damage.

We urge approval of Plan 2014 – as it was referred by the IJC – as soon as possible. If such an opportunity is lost due to delayed implementation of Plan 2014, the next opportunity may not arise for decades.

Sincerely,


Thank you for your support!

Please contact our office at 315-686-2010 or info@savetheriver.org if you have any questions.

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