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Plan 2014 is IJC's choice for Lake Ontario

Posted June 17th, 2014 @ 4:45pm by Bud Lowell

The U.S. and Canadian panel that regulates the Great Lakes has recommended "Plan 2014" as its preferred option for controlling water levels and flows on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The International Joint Commission voted unanimously in favor of Plan 2014. They say it continues "protections from extreme water levels, restores wetlands and prepares for a changing future," meaning climate change.

The plan drew praise and support from environmental groups including the Sierra Club at public hearings held in Rochester and other Great Lakes cities a year ago. But property owners along the south shore of Lake Ontario say it will keep water levels higher and threaten their homes.

Key to the plan is allowing Ontario and the St. Lawrence to rise and fall more naturally, rather than always trying to hold a consistent water level. That's expected to restore wetlands and the natural environment of the lake.

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