ANNOUNCING: “JOIN FORCES, FIGHT PLAN 2014″ CAMPAIGN

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DECEMBER 19, 2019

LAKE ONTARIO — It could all happen again — only worse.

Decimated property, damaged homes and businesses, lost income, a reduction in tourism and business revenues, destroyed habitats for wild and protected species, and reduced public recreational space along the water.

Now, three lake-based community groups are joining forces to fight back:

** Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Alliance (LOSLRA)

** United Shoreline Ontario (USO)

** Save our Sodus (SOS)

WHAT:

• We have formed a technical working group of engineers on both sides of Lake Ontario to examine, vet and
challenge the data which the International Joint Commission relies on to make its decisions about water levels.

• We are joining together for a series of rallies in the new year across the Province of Ontario and the State of
New York.

• We are working together to fund-raise and recruit additional members to our cause.

• We distribute news updates, and chances to participate in activism on both sides of the lake to our members
and interested parties.

WHY FIGHT PLAN 2014?

“While climate has brought the water into the lake, it is the unbalanced policies of Plan 2014 that keeps it in the lake,” said USO president Sarah Delicate. “These policies favor ‘downstream’ over ‘upstream’ and industry over the shoreline. The result is ongoing damage and severe risk to families, businesses, communities, and the environment.”

“Plan 2014 was sold by the International Joint Commission (IJC) as “protecting against extreme water levels, restoring wetlands, and preparing for climate change,” said LOSLRA president, Jim Shea. “Water level management is the job of the IJC, and it has failed to protect those along the shoreline and river banks.”

”During the past year, tourist activity was down and boating traffic was down by more than 50%; which endangers both our economic vitality and quality of life — and bodes ill for another upcoming year,” said Village of Sodus Point Mayor and SOS President, David McDowell.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Write to your elected representative: Please check our post for letters you can send via email or snail mail.

DONATE. We need funds to fight the big commercial and political interests behind Plan 2014:

USO: http://unitedshorelineontario.ca/donate/

SOS: https://saveoursodus.networkforgood.com/ (tax deductible) or SOS LEGAL FUND to challenge IJC in court.

LOSLRA: https://loslra.org/donations/

ABOUT US:
United Shoreline Ontario’s (USO) objective is to engage governments and private home owners towards the protection of lakeshore homes, families, businesses, emergency responders and municipalities from violent or wide-spread lake surge flooding. This flooding is predicted with the implementation of Plan 2014 and the implications of climate change.

Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Alliance (LOSLRA) is dedicated to fighting for the legal rights of landowners, homeowners, and small businesses along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. We are a 501C4.
Save our Sodus (SOS) is a non-profit with a mission to Protect, Preserve and Improve Great Sodus Bay. We are a 501C3.

TWITTER: @LOSLRA, @SOS @United_ShoreON
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LOSLRA/
https://www.facebook.com/saveoursodus/
https://www.facebook.com/Unitedshorelineontario/

Contact Your Representatives!

ADDRESSES AND SAMPLE LETTER

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. TOGETHER WE’LL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Help Fight IJC in Court

DONATE to Legal Fund

In this video SOS President Dave McDowell shares some good news (East Breakwall) and some not-so-good news (water level).

After the video was recorded, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued the latest water levels update and a warning:

HIGH AND POTENTIALLY RECORD HIGH WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. FLOOD PRONE AREAS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN VULNERABLE.

Lake Ontario water level is 246.13′, which is an inch higher than it was a month ago (supposed to be going down), 16 inches higher than it was last year on November 22nd and 19 inches higher than its long-term average water level for that time of the year. The lake level is expected to drop ONLY 2 INCHES by December 22.

What’s the status of Breakwall repair? Will we be flooded in 2018? What’s going on on the South end of the Bay?

Watch the video below where SOS President Dave McDowell answers all of those questions.

Sodus Bay East Breakwall Damage – Photo Gallery

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The worst of the Flood of 2017 is over for Sodus Bay and its community. The residents and businesses still have a lot of issues to deal with. Save Our Sodus’ President Dave McDowell, a local resident, answers some of the frequently asked questions in the videos below.

“When is the water going to go down in Sodus Bay?”

“Are we going to have a blue-green algae bloom this year?”

“When is Idle Only restriction on Sodus Bay will be removed?”

The rising water levels on Lake Ontario are causing serious problems for local infrastructure, property and business owners.

Mayor of Sodus Point Chris Tertinek, Sodus Town Supervisor Steve Leroy, Heron Town Supervisor Laurie Crane, and Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich are part of the group of Lake Ontario towns that are planning to go to Washington to lobby against recently enacted Plan 2014 that regulates water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

If Lake Ontario water levels continue to go up as experts are predicting, evacuations could result along the shoreline in coming weeks, officials said.

Sodus Point resident Ann Hayslip is pictured here in front of her house. The village is providing sand bags for those residents who request them, but it's their responsibility to put them in place. (David Figura l NYup.com)

Sodus Point resident Ann Hayslip is pictured here in front of her house. The village is providing sand bags for those residents who request them, but it’s their responsibility to put them in place. (David Figura l NYup.com)

“Lake Ontario and Wayne County bays and harbors are reported to be at, or above flooding level (247.3 feet), ” according to a press release Wednesday from the Wayne County Sheriff’s office.

Frank Bevacqua, a spokesman for the International Joint Commission (IJC) that recently approved Plan 2014, said the new policy has had a negligible impact on the current high water situation. “Plan 2014 took effect on January 7, and it has contributed a very small amount to the situation we’re seeing now, and things would only be marginally better if the old plan were being followed; it’s just a couple of inches difference,” Bevacqua said. According to him, the main issue has been all the rain.

“The rainfall in April has been extremely high,” he said. “We’ve had 50 percent above average on the Lake Ontario basin and 150 percent above average in the Ottawa River basin which contributes to flooding on the St. Lawrence River downstream.”

Bevacqua said dramatic swings in temperatures from January through March also contributed to situations that led to the higher than usual lake levels.

But the flooding is not just because of recent rain.

Plan 2014 clearly exacerbates the situation because it not only allows for the water levels to get higher (and lower) than before, but it also extends the duration when the water levels can remain higher. A spring storm which otherwise would not be a disaster, could quickly turn the situation into one. Even if get lucky and the storms will pass us by, the daily erosion is likely to cause damage to the shoreline properties.

The ground around Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario shoreline is mostly sand which makes it next to impossible to prevent the flooding. Residents and boaters are encouraged to minimize the wave action on Sodus Bay. Shoreline residents are encouraged to protect their property with sand bags that are provided by municipalities.

Elected leaders from the lakeside communities including Monroe, Wayne, Orleans, Erie and Niagara counties are turning to President Trump and the state department for help.

“We’re going to go down to Washington and we’re going to lobby. We’re going to raise our voices on behalf of our citizens to try and get some change. We’re not going to sit back and say, ‘Okay they have made their decision, we have to accept it,” says Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich.

“We’re asking that our federal representatives take action, to immediately lower the water levels and to also provide the necessary resources so that our infrastructure, our businesses and our property owners, including our homeowners are protected along the shorelines of Lake Ontario, ” stated Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo.

Hopefully, the White House will hear these calls for help.

 

NO WAKE ZONE within 500 feet from shore is in effect in Sodus Bay.

NO WAKE ZONE within 500 feet from shore is in effect in Sodus Bay.