Lake Ontario Families at Risk

2017’s unprecedented lake levels brought severe flooding to Ontario’s shoreline, damaging homes, comprimising evacuation routes, eroding properties and putting families and emergency responders in harms way.

And it is not over.

Municipalities at Risk

Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (Ontario Regulation 380/04), municipalities have the primary responsibility and authority for response to flooding and flood emergencies, and also for the welfare of residents and protection of property.

Most lakeshore municipalities DO NOT have an Emergency Management Plan for the Hazard of Flooding. Does yours?

ONTARIO is not ready for flooding.

Plan 2014 and Climate Change will bring flooding, and Ontario’s Auditor General says Ontario is NOT prepared.

Emergency plans have not been updated in 8 years. The cabinet committee that oversees emergency management hasn’t met since 2009.  80% of all emergency practice tests conducted in the past 5 years happened in meeting rooms or on paper. Emergency Management Ontario is short staffed.

Unite the Shoreline of Lake Ontario

Plan 2014 has left many shoreline residents feeling isolated, feeling fearful of Lake Ontario and feeling abandoned by their government.

The Northern and Southern shores of Lake Ontario must join in one united voice to ensure that Lake Ontario water levels are managed in a way that protects their lives, their homes, their businesses and their municipalities.

What is Plan 2014?

 

Lake Ontario water levels have been influenced by American and Canadian governments for over 50 years through the International Joint Commission (IJC). “Plan 2014” sets out the new rules for regulating lake ‘outflows’ through the Moses Saunders Dam in Cornwall. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said Plan 2014 was a contributing factor to high lake levels of 2017.  LEARN MORE ABOUT PLAN 2014 HERE.

Read the MINORITY REPORT HERE.

 

The Plan 2014 “Order of Approval” set the follow CONDITIONS:

“In Accordance with article VIII of the Treaty, interests on either side of the International Boundary that are injured by reason of the construction, maintenance and operation of the works shall be given suitable and adequate protection and indemnity as provided by the laws in Canada, or the Constitution and laws in the United States respectively.”

Watch Dr. Frank Sciremammano’s interview regarding Plan 2014 here.

 

Injured municipalities, businesses and home owners, where is our protection and indemnity?

Click here to sign the petition NOW.

Frank Sciremammano and other participants in the IJC Study believes Plan 2014 violates three of the Principle Guidelines of the IJC Study (see Jan 2018 report here): 

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Violation #1

“If damages result from any plan, they should not fall disproportionately on any one geographic area or interest group.

Almost all the damages from Plan 2014 fall to the Lake Ontario shoreline

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Violation #2

“If damages are anticipated, mitigation and compensation measures should be in place prior to implementation.

Plan 2014 has none.

Municipalities and private citizens were not warned of the risk, no retrofits or mitigations were made in advance, and no compensation measures are in place in Ontario.

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Violation #3

“Any plan should be developed in an open process with wide public participation.”

Plan 2014 was developed in secret by a group that only consulted with environmental advocates

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Frank Sciremammano

  • Retired full professor of engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Principal in F-E-S Associates of Rochester, NY
  • Member of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board
  • served from 2000-2006 on the IJC Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study Board 
  • Has no financial interest in property or businesses on the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Climate Change: Warmer, Wetter, Wilder

Climate change is rapidly changing what we can expect on the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Predictions include considerably warmer temperatures with higher humidity, less snow, more rain in winter, more frequent and intense summer rain events, more extreme weather events with high winds and heavy rain.

Plan 2014 allows for “higher highs and lower lows” in the human-managed water levels of Lake Ontario.  These “higher highs and lower lows” leave less margin of error for managing the more erratic and severe weather patterns that climate change has brought upon us.  These ‘higher highs’ put Ontarians at greater risk of severe and violent flooding.

How does it makes sense to introduce a plan with less flexibility, when more chaos is predicted?

LEARN MORE ABOUT ONTARIO CLIMATE CHANGE PREDICTIONS HERE.

 

About Us

We are United Shoreline Ontario.

We are a grassroots community-based organization with the mandate of uniting the residents and municipalities of the north shore of Lake Ontario in one voice.

United Shoreline Ontario’s objective is to engage governments and private home owners towards the protection of lakeshore homes, families, businesses, emergency responders and municipalities from violent or wide-spread lake surge flooding. This flooding is predicted with the implementation of Plan 2014 and the implications of climate change.

We are partners with United Shoreline USA, who share a similar mandate of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in the face of Plan 2014 and lake surge flooding on the South shore of Lake Ontario.

Reach us at collaborator@unitedshorelineontario.ca