The current regulation plan for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River was developed in the 1950s with the construction of the Moses-Saunders Dam and has reduced the range of water levels to the point of causing extensive damage to coastal wetlands that perform services like filtering water, providing habitat for fish and protecting communities from floods.
Following ten years of study and input from more than 180 stakeholder representatives, today, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has proposed a new plan to balance the needs of people and nature, a plan that benefits hydropower, shipping, hunting and fishing, recreational boating, and shoreline property, while focusing on the health of the Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence ecosystem as a whole. The result will be a thriving lake and river system that enhances property values by generating more fish, more wildlife, more tourism, and better recreation opportunities.
What you can do:
The IJC is holding public hearings on the Proposal for Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence from July 14 to July 19, 2013 at locations around Lake Ontario. Attend and speak out for your lake and river!
Tell the International Joint Commission what you think of Plan 2014.
Testimonial videos from Plan Bv7 (now Plan 2014) supporters
Watch Bob explain the critical role of muskrats in wetlands—a natural system with tremendous benefits for wildlife, people and local economies.
Why do shoreline property owners support an improved management plan for Lake Ontario
Sportsman Pete describes changes in coastal wetlands since water levels have been regulated, and why he now supports a more modern plan.
Why have coastal wetlands lost their birders? Watch avid birder Suzanne tell why she supports management for Lake Ontario that works with nature rather than against it.
Watch this short animation to learn more about water level regulation and how Bv7 (now Plan 2014) will help Lake Ontario.
Coastal wetlands are our best protection against storms and high water. Watch this short animation to learn how coastal wetlands in Lake Ontario depend upon rising and falling of water levels.
Watch this short animation to learn how a new management plan will restore Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River after 50 years of environmental damage.
Watch this short animation to learn how better lake management can help build beaches.