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