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Plan 2014 for Lake Ontario

Protecting against extreme water levels, restoring wetlands and preparing for climate change

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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 the letter with your personal story.

Step 2: Mail your letter to: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Executive Chamber, New York State Capitol, Albany, New York 12224. You can also Tweet him at @NYGovCuomo.

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 for Lake Ontario too!

Following 14 years of analysis, study and public input, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has recommended a new regulation plan for Lake Ontario that will help protect New Yorkers from extreme water levels, provide for the largest wetland restoration project in the region, and prepare for a changing Great Lakes future.

$5.3 Million
$9.1 Million
$25.2 Million
Expressions of Citizen Support Every year in additional hydropower generation in economic benefits from recreation
in savings when compared to no shoreline regulation

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.

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