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.
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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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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.