Updated: March 03, 2020 04:52 PM
Created: March 03, 2020 04:40 PM
NEW YORK (WHEC) — The International Joint Commission (IJC) announced it’s beginning an expedited review of Plan 2014.
Many have blamed Plan 2014 for severe flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline in 2017 and 2019.
The review will take 18 to 24 months according to the IJC, and will focus on gathering information to help guide their decisions about how to improve the water level regulation plan.
The review will be done by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee, or GLAM Committee.
The IJC recently received $1.5 million in funds from the U.S. and $1.5 million in matching funds from Canada to investigate possible improvements to Lake Ontario outflow regulation.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer released the following statement on the review:
“With two years of record-high flood waters and the threat of high levels again this year, it’s clear that Plan 2014 needs to be overhauled. That’s why I urged the IJC, to immediately begin this overhaul analysis of Plan 2014 using the $1.5 million we included in the spending package passed in December to fix and improve the mechanisms to control Lake Ontario’s water level. This overhaul must address changes to all the mechanisms used to control water levels, such as the current navigation limits (L Limits) so that water outflows can be increased during shipping season, lowering Plan 2014’s trigger levels to allow dam outflow increases sooner, and modifying outflows (F-Limit) during the spring and fall to better manage flooding risks in order to protect Lake Ontario shoreline communities.”
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