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Plan 2014 is sensible for Lake Ontario

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As a shoreline property owner, I have always understood that Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River would go up and down.

I have been on the waterways since 1964, when the Seaway was only five years old. Plan 2014 will be no different in this respect.

In its original order, the International Joint Commission stated lake levels should be kept between 243.3 and 247.3 feet, as nearly as long as historic water patterns continued. However, the amount of water entering the lake increased drastically after the regulation plan went into effect.

As a result, the regulation plan exceeded 247.3 feet at least four times over the past 50 years. In 1993, the lake exceeded this 247.3 feet by 6 inches. In 1973, the lake exceeded it by a foot.

Plan 2014 is a sophisticated plan with triggers to protect shorelines. Every shoreline property owner knows about the risks associated with living at the leading edge of a floodplain.

This is why I maintain protection measures keep my property safe. The extreme levels may never be reached in a 50 to 100 year span. They fail to inform you of this fact.

Please look at the facts and disregard the scare tactics you see in print. Of all the Great Lakes, are you aware that Lake Ontario is the most stressed?

Have you noticed that the opposition to any plan presented is met with raised voices, disrespect, threats and legal actions before the facts are on the table? They fail to present the above levels, which are quite minimal.

But on the other side, the proponents address the plans with facts, figures, ideas for compromise and look for real solutions in a well-respected manner. Let’s change this for our future.

We look to a balanced plan that will result in a healthy Lake Ontario and river program. I chose to live here and am excited to see the environmental benefits of Plan 2014.

Steven D. Carhart

Alexandria Bay

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