Looking For Input On The Lake Ontario Water Level

Jul 13, 2013

Credit WXXI file

(AP & WXXI News) — A U.S. and Canadian commission is holding  public hearings on a new proposal to regulate water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River Basin.

The International Joint Commission will meet Sunday evening in Lockport. Then, they will hold a hearing in Rochester on Tuesday from 2 to 4pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Main St.  Members of the public attending the hearing who wish to provide oral comments at the hearing on Tuesday, July 16th, may register to speak beginning at 1:30pm in the Hyatt Ballroom.

There is another hearing, Tuesday night, 6 to 9pm at the Central School in Williamson.

The commission is  proposing the addition of new trigger levels that will allow the commission to act when lake water levels exceed or drop below certain levels. The aim is to restore more natural patterns of fluctuation and improve the habitat for fish and animals.

The IJC has said the plan balances the concerns of environmentalists with those of lakefront residents who worry that higher water levels could increase erosion.