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Water Level Plan BV7 Will Damage Boaters, Property Owners And Marina Operators!
It Will Have Severe Impacts On The Lake, The Bays And The Ponds!
E-Newsletter From The
Lake Ontario Riparian Alliance
Issue 4 Jan. 2012
Grassroots Public Advocacy For The Protection, Restoration And
As the New Year rolls in, we at the Lake Ontario Riparian Alliance (LORA) would like to wish all of our neighbors and fellow recreational boaters our best wishes for the New Year. In this New Year, we hope that our resolve to turn back efforts to institute a new regulation plan for the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system will be fruitful.
In this issue of the LEVELER, we want to review some of what we have learned not only about this dangerous plan, BV7, as well as review commitments, past and present, made by The International Joint Commission.
As we have noted in previous issues of this newsletter, Plan BV7 will cause tremendous and disproportionate damages to the Lake Ontario shore and the recreational boating industry. The damages that are forecast with BV7 are greater than any other plan put forth by the International Joint Commission (IJC) in the last 12 years. Lake Ontario private property will sustain a yearly average of $3.18 million dollars in damages. The recreational boating industry will average $1.33 million per year in damages. Damages to public lands and public infrastructure continue to be unknown, since no studies have ever been done on this major part of the shoreline. It is estimated that the public (taxpayer financed) lands constitute approximately 17% of the south shore of Lake Ontario from the Niagara River to Sacketís Harbor. Effects on the drinking water supply for 7 counties on the south shore of Lake Ontario are also unknown and unvalued.
The graphs shown below, while created with data from the former LOSLR Study regarding Plan B, are representative of the location and, a to far lesser extent, the amount of damages than are forecast for Lake Ontario with Plan BV7! Plan BV7 will have higher damage totals and these damages will be focused on the Lake Ontario counties primarily on the south shore in the United States and, to a lesser extent, the Canadian south shore.
Note: We have determined that the Erosion to unprotected developed properties graph has a number
of factual errors. We know of counties that have unprotected developed private properties that would sustain
damages that are not recorded in above chart.
We will now review the topic of this newsletter regarding commitments made in the past, both historically and recently.
In the 1950s, when the Moses-Saunders Dam and the St. Lawrence Seaway were initially proposed, the US and Canadian governments established a social contract with the shoreline property owners of Lake Ontario as a means to have the moneys appropriated for construction. This contract established that the levels of the lake would be controlled to reduce, to the extent possible, flooding conditions such as occurred earlier in the 1950s. The 1956 Orders and Criteria, both originally and as later amended as 58D, were written to state this contract. 
Now, after all these years, the governments, particularly NYSís government, have chosen not to honor this contract. Officials in the NYS government, whose positions of stature exist due to political patronage, want to devastate significant aspects of Lake Ontario, affecting its shoreline property owners and recreational boat users. The rest of the system would see little or no negative effect. The major industries, specifically hydropower and commercial navigation, would experience tremendous benefits in the range of multi-million dollars per year.
It has now been over 3 months since the meeting with select shoreline representatives at the Town Hall of Greece, NY. At that meeting, riparians were told that the IJC Working Group developing this plan would continue to ask for input. We were told by one of the working group individuals that the working group was committed to coming back to the south shore and personally touring some of our areas of concern. We were told, by that time, that these representatives would have at that time some idea as to the type of mitigation that would be provided to counter the large anticipated damages from plan BV7. They would then take this input back and possibly modify the plan. As of today, we are still waiting for any contact from these individuals.
Additionally, at the September 2011 meeting, those present were given a timeline for the possible rollout of this dangerous plan. We were told that, after the survey of our areas of concern, this input would be incorporated and that, thereafter, the Working Group would release to the public its report on the plan near the end of January/ beginning of February 2012. It was stated the IJC Working Group would hold public hearings on this proposed plan in the spring of 2012.
We were told the publicís input would be evaluated by the Working Group and then the plan would be given to the Commissioners of the IJC for their evaluation. We were told that the IJC Commissioners would then have a separate set of public meetings prior to any final consideration of this plan.
We have learned from our elected Federal and NYS representatives that, while Plan BV7 has not yet been released for public comment by the IJC Working Group and is still considered a proposed plan, IJC Commissioners and other IJC representatives are meeting with our elected officials lobbying support for the Plan BV7 as it now stands. This goes against all commitments made by the representatives of the Working Group and IJC!