According to early information being released by the International Joint Commission, a new water levels plan will be released early next year – and finally – it looks like it’s the right one for the River!
Next month the public will get a look at the details of a proposed new plan that is focused on restoring wetlands and ecosystem health along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by changing how water flows and levels are managed. The International Joint Commission, released a fact sheet last week on the proposed new plan showing a commitment to an open and transparent public consultation process as they work toward a new, natural regulation Plan!
The Plan, called Plan BV7 (The 7th version of Plan B) will restore enough natural variation in levels and flows to begin to heal the damage done by stabilized water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The result will be a thriving lake/river environment that will enrich the quality of life for all citizens of the ecosystem.
Save The River will be following the release of the Plan closely and keeping the River community informed about public meetings and other opportunities to comment on the new Plan.
For over 50 years, the River’s environment has been suffering due to damaging water levels regulation. It’s time to reverse this trend and return to our children the legacy that we inherited fifty years ago – a vibrant and healthy St. Lawrence River.