More than fifty years of human-regulated water levels – originally designed to benefit hydroelectric power generation and shipping – have significantly damaged the health of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Wetlands have been destroyed, fish populations have dwindled, and much wildlife has disappeared.
The International Joint Commission’s new proposal for regulating water levels on the river and lake, Plan Bv7, achieves a balance of benefits for all interests. Bv7 will benefit the environment and economy while improving hydroelectric power generation. This plan will make significant progress toward restoring the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario after more than half a century of environmentally damaging regulation. More information on Plan Bv7.
What you can do:
1.) Sign the online petition in support of Plan Bv7! This will only take two minutes and will send strong message in support of a healthy lake and river.
2.) Attend an upcoming pubic information session. Throughout late May and early June, the International Joint Commission will be hosting public information sessions about Plan Bv7. The meetings are the first opportunity for citizens to weigh in about the new plan. Your voice, speaking out for the health of the River and Lake and in support of Plan Bv7, is critical in the coming months. Sessions in New York:
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Olcott, New York
Olcott Fire Company
1691 Lockport-Olcott Road
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Hilton, New York
Quest Elementary School Auditorium
225 West Avenue
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Williamson, New York
Williamson High School Auditorium
5891 Route 21
Thank you for taking action.