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IJC members, Congressional representatives hold roundtable on Lake Ontario water levels
Members of the International Joint Commission, along with Central New York Congressional representatives, held a roundtable discussion Friday on the high water levels impacting homes and businesses along Lake Ontario.
Members of the International Joint Commission (IJC), the agency that controls water flows and lake levels on Lake Ontario, got a look at flood damage first-hand at Sodus Point.
The first stop for the newly-appointed commissioner and her Canadian counterparts, however, was a roundtable discussion in Oswego. They met with Congressmen John Katko and Anthony Brindisi, along with other leaders from communities around Lake Ontario.
The IJC claims the flooding is caused by record rainfall, and not by the controversial Plan 2014, which specifics when water should be let through dams along the system. Jane Corwin, the newly appointed US Commissioner blames the amount of rain in 2017 and this year. She met with community members on the beach in the second half of her trip. She sat down with Congressman John Katko, Anthony Brindisi, and other lakeside community leaders.
The IJC stands by Plan 2014, but local leaders are encouraged that independent scientists are being brought in to study if it’s doing what it’s supposed to or more harm than good. Assemblyman Will Barclay released the following statement today after taking part in a round table discussion with members of the International Joint Commission and other local, state, and federal representatives in Oswego.
“I want to thank Congressman Katko for hosting the IJC commissioners in Oswego today to discuss flooding on Lake Ontario. Property owners are devastated by the historically high water levels compounded with wind from storms and are looking for help and answers. While I don’t think there is an agreement on the causes of the current catastrophic flooding, I was pleased the IJC came to the county to listen to our concerns about Plan 2014. I was also pleased they recognize that a full review of Plan 2014 is needed.
“I continue to believe that Plan 2014 has contributed to the high lake levels and the resulting property damage. I will continue to advocate for its revocation.”
State Lawmakers Advocate for Funding for Property Owners on Lake Ontario: State Legislators representing shoreline communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River joined today to advocate for residents who have been impacted by flooding and severe storms. A joint letter was sent to the Governor from 13 state lawmakers today, urging him to make funding available to private property owners who need to rebuild following damaging floods.