August 10, 2019 07:29 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – People struggling with high water levels on Lake Ontario are launching a new push to get President Trump involved.
In Irondequoit Saturday afternoon, they came together at Silk O'Loughlin's restaurant, one of the hardest hit businesses on the lake, to protest the management of lake levels, and to call for the White House to step in.
Their continued mission is to repeal the controversial plan for regulating lake levels, Plan 2014, which was first taken into action in 2017 by the International Joint Commission (IJC).
The organization "Repeal Plan 2014" helped organize Saturday's gathering. The group recently set up an online petition to call for the plan to be replaced the previous management plan "Plan 1958."
In addition, the group has also released a set of requests to be addressed by President Trump, which includes a repeal of the plan and revocation of a previous executive order that protects international lake regulators from being sued.
"If it doesn't keep going down now, then we're going to get more water," said Michael McKeon, the owner of Silk O'Loughlin's.
The restaurant re-opened recently, but flooding has forced the restaurant to close and re-open twice in the last two years.
"I'm sure there's a compromise," said McKeon. "But the old plan worked, this one doesn't."
In June, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed $300 million to help communities affected by flooding. However, Repeal Plan 2014 member Lou Tomassetti says there needs to be more done.
"You don't have to spend $300 million," said Tomassetti. "We don't have to spend anything else, it's an easy fix."
Jane Corwin, the Chairwoman to the U.S Delegation for International Joint Commission, has stated the plan may need to be re-examined. Though back in June, she said it may not be so easy to make changes.
"We don't have the ability to do anything different in the moment," said Corwin. "We have to be able to understand what's working, what's not."
But the group, along with home and business owners, is being assisted by politicians like New York State Senators Joe Robach (R-56th District) and Rich Funke (R- 55th District) and Monroe County Legislator, Tony Micciche (D-26th District).
"Hopefully that'll catch the eye of our government, and maybe even the Canadian government as well," said Micciche.
Updated: August 10, 2019 07:29 PM
Created: August 10, 2019 06:25 PM
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