Yesterday, Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) sent a letter to Lana Pollack, U.S. Section Chair, International Joint Commission, urging the Commission to heed the concerns of Western New Yorkers and revise Plan Bv7 proposed water level regulations for Lake Ontario.
"After hearing from many constituents, it is evident we must have a balanced approach to Lake Ontario water management that has the consensus from all affected stakeholders," said Rep. Hochul. "We must continue to protect this vibrant ecosystem, but not at the cost of our shores or our communities."
Rep. Hochul has requested the Commission work with her office, the State of New York, and the people of Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe Counties to revise this proposal and better protect the rights of residents along Lake Ontario's southern shore.
This plan has raised serious concerns along the Lake's southern shore over projected losses of property and decreased property values, as well as diminished recreational and economic opportunities. As drafted, Plan Bv7 threatens to exacerbate flooding and erosion across northern Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe Counties, which could cost Western New York land owners and local governments millions of dollars.