Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Plan 2014

Recreational Boating

Comment Received

IJC Response

Will Plan 2014 increase costs to maintain slips and marinas?

 

It will vary from marina to marina. For recreational boaters on Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River, summer water levels will be lower in some years, while fall water levels will be higher in most years under Plan 2014 compared to Plan 1958DD. During the occasional low-water level summers, some slips and marinas will either face higher dredging costs or less use. This is particularly true for facilities that experience some problems with depths when Lake Ontario is at average water levels.

Why don’t you amend Plan 2014 to reduce the severity of extreme low-water conditions to resemble the current plan’s projected extreme low-water limits more closely?

If Plan 2014 were modified to resemble the current plan’s projected extreme low-water limits more closely, the environmental benefits would largely be lost. These low levels have to occur only every 20 years or so in order to kill off cattails and allow other plants to germinate.

Who will pay for additional dredging that will be needed because of lower water levels under Plan 2014?

Dredging is generally the responsibility of the facility owner. In some instances, the federal government has provided funding for recreational harbors and entrances.

Does Plan 2014 extend the boating season on Lake Ontario?  

 

In most years, boaters on Lake Ontario and the upper river will find that Plan 2014 will provide greater water depths in the fall, extending the boating season and making it easier to pull boats out at the end of the season.