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.”
Injured municipalities, businesses and home owners, where is our protection and indemnity?
“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
“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.
“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
- 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?