Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation

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Sean Mahar 30th August 2013 08:13:51
NY, Albany,
Attached please find a comment letter in support of plan 2014 endorsed by 33 organizations from the US and Canada.
Lyle B. Shughart 30th August 2013 08:10:05
NY, Sodus Point,
I am opposed to Plan 2014".
Erin Crotty 30th August 2013 07:56:44
NY, Albany,
Attached please find comments in support or plan 2014 from Audubon New York.
Caroline Gravel, Director of Environmental Affairs, Shipping Federation of Canada 30th August 2013 07:32:07
Quebec, Montreal,
Please find attached the Shipping Federation of Canada's comments with respect to the IJC's Plan 2014 for regulating Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River water levels.
Charles Fowler 30th August 2013 07:27:58
NY, Sodus Point,
I was born and raised in Sodus Pt. I have seen what high waters can do to the southern shores of the lake. The devastation it causes would be far reaching thruout the state of NY. As a result I strongly oppose plan 2014. There must be a more reasonable resolution to this plan.
Chris 30th August 2013 07:23:50
NY, Sodus Point,
Economic slowdown has already started in the Village of Sodus Point, NY, even though Plan 2014 is not yet implemented. As mayor I have heard several residents tell me that they are putting their plans to renovate or to expand their homes on hold due to what Plan 2014 might bring. Slowdown in spending has started. I also have heard from a couple of “Environmentalists” that Sodus Point should raise their homes up on stilts. Evidently they do not understand engineering and or construction. Many homes were built on the ground making is impossible to get beams under the dwelling to raise them. Even if this could be done, we still have the problem of how to convey the wastewater to the treatment plant. We have fourteen lift stations that accomplish that task. They would also have to be raised as well as all the sewer pipes. Elevating them would expose them to the cold of the winter and freeze, making the Village uninhabitable even when we don’t have a flood. There is no easy or even hard way to protect the homes and infrastructure from the extremes of Plan 2014. I implore you not to recommend this plan; it definitely would place an undue burden on this community as well as others on the south shore. Chris Tertinek, Mayor Sodus Point, NY
Stewart R Davey 30th August 2013 07:01:29
NY, Redwood,
For the past fifty-five years we have been willfully damaging the environment of the upper St Lawrence River with the current water management plan. This may have been forgivable at first, but now that we clearly see the results it is unconscionable to continue. You had it right last year with plan Bv7. Implement plan 2014 now. No more waiting. No more revisions.
Martha Collins 30th August 2013 06:56:32
Ontario, Wasaga Beach,
I support Plan 2014 and believe it should be implemented now.
Ben J. Mac An Tuile 30th August 2013 06:50:51
New York, Rochester,
People, their homes and their livelihood should come first; period! It’s unconscionable to think that a plan could be implemented with full knowledge that it would cause thousands of people’s homes and their properties to be destroyed, costing millions of dollars annually. A better plan would be to conserve, preserve and protect the wetlands and other natural shoreline environments from further development. The current lake plan already has high and low water levels throughout the year, which the plants and animals have adapted to. The focus should be shifted towards reducing invader species, controlling run-off from housing tracts and farmlands of fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals into the tributaries spilling into Lake Ontario. Stiff fines should be issued for people using such chemicals whose properties lie within the Lake Ontario watershed. Shipping vessels using the St. Lawrence Seaway who dump their ballast water into the lake should be monitored and fined if they do so. Nonpoint source pollutants, such as sediments, nutrients, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, animal wastes and other substances that enter our water supply as components of runoff and ground water, have increased in relative significance and account for > 50% percent of the pollution in U.S. waters. The Hudson River has tremendously improved over the past 40 years due to the Clean Water Act, by educating the public sector on the determents that up-stream pollution has down-stream and by holding accountable, the industries that have polluted the river. Please, I respectfully request that you reject Plan 2014 as it will destroy hard-working, tax-paying people’s lives and follow the guidance put forth by the Clean Water Act. Thank you. Ben Mac An Tuile.
Janet Chaney 30th August 2013 06:49:01
NY, Sodus Point,
Although I am pro-environment, I strongly OPPOSE Plan 2014. This is a complex issue that demands balancing competing interests of shoreline communities, industry, and environmental stewardship. The water front property owners stand to incur major damage and loss of their homes and businesses, which will negatively impact the local economies. The environmental quality of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway must be addressed, but there must be a better way to do this without risking the homes and livelihoods of shoreline communities.
kenneth j. deedy 30th August 2013 06:42:23
ny, bayport,
I support the immediate implementation of Plan 2014.
William Couch 30th August 2013 06:23:09
NY, Clayton,
I support Plan 2014 and believe it should be implemented now. I appreciate the environmental advantages and the economic benefits of an extended boating season. The late summer draw down is dangerous and harmful.
Camille 30th August 2013 06:10:29
Quebec, Sherbrooke,
À la Commission mixte internationale, Je souhaite par la présente vous faire part de mon soutien au Plan 2014 et vous appeler à pleinement et entièrement adopter dès maintenant cette nouvelle approche de gestion du fleuve Saint-Laurent et du lac Ontario. C’est grâce au Plan 2014 que nous pourrons assurer un avenir viable à ce bassin versant emblématique en lui permettant de retrouver des niveaux et débits plus naturels, et que nous permettrons la restauration d’un écosystème précieux pour la faune et toutes les communautés qui l’habitent. Le plan doit permettre de réaliser le but ultime de la CMI, soit de redonner des flux et débits plus naturels à ces cours d’eau, au bénéfice de l’environnement et tout en tenant compte d’autres intérêts. La santé des écosystèmes d’eau douce est indissociable de celle des communautés, de la faune et de la flore, et de la viabilité de notre économie. Ainsi en implantant une meilleure gestion du fleuve Saint-Laurent et du lac Ontario, nous offrirons une meilleure qualité de vie à tous les citoyens qui vivent, travaillent et vont se ressourcer le long des berges du fleuve et du lac. Ce nouveau plan contribuera également à la viabilité économique, environnementale et sociale de cet immense bassin hydrographique que constituent le lac et le fleuve. C’est donc avec enthousiasme que j’appuie cette nouvelle démarche en vue de la régularisation des niveaux d’eau dans le fleuve Saint-Laurent et le lac Ontario. Je vous remercie de tenir compte du témoignage de ma position dans ce dossier. Cordialement, Camille Bussières-Hamel
Chantal Forest 30th August 2013 06:07:38
Quebec, Sherbrooke,
Je demeure au Québec 2 des rivières de ma ville se jettent dans le Fleuve St-Laurent à la hauteur de Drummondville au Centre du Québec. L'eau et tous les écosystèmes qui en dépendent, dont l'Homme, nous obligent à restaurer ce que nous détruisons et abîmons depuis des décennies. On est à un point de non-retour.
PETER BLEAU 30th August 2013 06:06:56
I support Plan 2014 because of its environmental advantages and the economic benefits of an extended boating season. I would like to see the end of the late summer draw down which impacts boating during September and October.
Jeffrey Burt 30th August 2013 05:47:21
NY, Chippewa Bay,
I support Plan 2014 and strongly believe that it should be implemented.
Lisa Weber 30th August 2013 05:43:57
NY, Wellesley Island,
I support Plan 2014 and believe it should be implemented now.
Eric Mysak 30th August 2013 05:42:36
Ontario, Toronto,
I support Plan 2014.
Roberta Majka 30th August 2013 05:39:35
New York, Rochester,
We purchased our home on the south shore of Lake Ontario in Greece, NY, in September 2004. We have 2 concerns about the proposed 2014 Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River regulation. The first is the proposed higher allowed lake levels. The 2nd concern is the multiple costs for property restructuring to homeowners and municipalities, due to high water, or high water-wind damage. We read your 2014 plan. None of your information or data addresses the impact of wind on high water levels. The impact of high wind and waves can be unbelievable. For example, a week after we moved into our home, there was a tremendous amount of wind out of the northwest and huge waves. Afterwards, we found hundreds of Zebra Mussels stuck to the north side of the house -- which is 175 feet from the lake. In March of this year, high waves and wind carried a large tree and rocks larger than my foot, over the 8-foot high breakwall and up the lawn. During that same storm, a smaller rock was propelled 175 feet, shattering a porch window. As I look at your Lake Ontario water level chart for September 2004, and March 2013, I see that the lake levels were 246+, and 244.8 feet, respectively, for the above examples of wind and wave force. There was very little cost for repairs. If the Joint Commission approves a plan to allow the Lake Ontario water level to be as high as 248 feet (Figure 1, 2014 Plan Overview), I can't even imagine what kind of damage and cost would be incurred during high waves and wind. My 2nd concern is who pays for restructuring to prevent property damage from potentially higher water levels and who pays for actual damages ? The out-of-pocket capital required to beef up an existing breakwall, or install a new one, is thousands of dollars. How many lake homeowners have that kind of money ? Your proposal suggests a restructuring figure of 1.94 million dollars. This amount seems naive and far below what actual costs would be, when you consider that thousands of lake homeowners will be affected. The only option might be to sell one's lake home. How many people would want to buy a lake home at that point ? The value of lake property would be strenuously depreciated. Those of us on the lake pay very high taxes. If lake houses don't sell, there goes the tax base, which would then logically shift to non-lake homeowners to share the tax burden. United States and Candadian citizens are slowly getting back on their feet after the recession. A plan to raise the Lake Ontario water level incurs a huge financial burden for individuals and municipalities. The 2014 Regulation Plan should not be allowed.
Joy Rhinebeck 30th August 2013 05:30:29
N.Y., Clayton,
I support PLAN 2014, and I hope you do too!!
Penny P Joel 30th August 2013 05:14:12
New York, Clayton,
Please pay careful attention to Plan 2014 to help preserve the natural water levels of the beautiful St. Lawrence River. The wildlife is an important aspect that needs your protection in the future.
Jeffrey Lee 30th August 2013 04:44:29
NY, Camillus,
As a sailboater whos has spent the last 30 years sailing on on Little Sodus Bay on the south shore of Lake Ontario I am opposed to Plan 2014.
Gildo Tori (on behalf of Ducks Unlimited Inc. and Ducks Unlimited Canada 30th August 2013 04:38:20
MI, Ann Arbor,
Please see attached document. Thank you.
Samantha 30th August 2013 04:37:12
NY, Lima,
I am opposed to Plan 2014
NJ 30th August 2013 04:22:24
NY, Marcellus,
As a property owner on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario, I am against B14 and the possibility of lake levels rising another four feet. This proposal benefits the hydro power business ( the Canadians could build those hydro plants they've wanted?), the shipping business (what's a few more invasive species?) along with more boats to foul up those wetlands created by increased water levels. With the approach of a storm that has 12' to 14' waves as in the Spring seasons of 2012 and 2013, can you really drain enough water from the lake to minimize lakefront erosion? Last weekend the beach at Southwick Park was closed due to high bacteria levels. The IJC should be looking into the health of the lake rather than exploiting it to further risk.