Save The River’s 25th annual Winter Environmental Conference will be held Saturday, February 8th at the Clayton Opera House. This annual event brings together policymakers, scientists and citizens to discuss the most important issues facing the St. Lawrence River. Stay tuned for more details!
33 environmental, conservation, and sportsmen organizations, including Save The River, other Keeper organizations – the Waterkeeper Alliance, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and the Hudson Riverkeeper, among others – submitted comments to the International Joint Commission (IJC) supporting the full implementation of Plan 2014.
The scientific research behind Plan 2014 clearly establishes the benefits of the plan. More natural rhythms of levels and flows will benefit migrating and nesting waterfowl, key wetland habitats, beaches and dunes, and “canary-in-the-coal-mine” species like the northern pike. The case for Plan 2014 is further strengthened by a growing global body of scientific literature on the consequences of regulating rivers and lakes, and on the benefits of restoring more natural flows.
Read the full letter here.
From a letter submitted today to the International Joint Commission,
“Save The River, the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, representing over 4,000 members and followers, submits this letter to express unambiguous support for the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014 for the regulation of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. . .
Those of us who live, work, play, visit and love the River believe it can be restored and believe the Commission and our federal governments must act to implement Plan 2014 now, because all of us – riparians, non-riparians, boaters, paddlers, hunters, anglers, birders and those who simply want to leave a healthy, vital and thriving River to the generations that follow – have a place on the water.“
The full text of the letter can be viewed here.
NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO VOICE YOUR OPINION!
The public comment period on a new, modern water level plan closes this Friday, August 30th.
It is Critical that You Show Your Support for Plan 2014 – The IJC Needs to Hear from You!
► The International Joint Commission is accepting comments until August 30th. You can submit your comment in support of Plan 2014 on its website.
It doesn’t have to be lengthy or eloquent. It can be as simple as “I Support Plan 2014 and believe it should be implemented now.”
We have put together information to help you voice your support for Plan 2014 including sample comments.
Fifty years of human-regulated water levels have significantly altered the St. Lawrence River’s natural processes, damaging the environment by reducing habitat diversity, decimating populations of key native species, shortening our recreational boating season and harming our tourism-based economy.
After years of study and public input the International Joint Commission has put forward a modern approach. Plan 2014 will achieve a balance of benefits for all interests by taking into account the needs of the River and Lake Ontario ecosystem for the first time. When implemented, it will begin to reverse the damage caused by 50 years of destructive regulation, and allow the River and Lake to once again thrive. For more details about Plan 2014 visit Save The River and the International Joint Commission websites.
Many of you are veterans of this fight – we’ve been here before. Over the past year many of you have added your calm voices to the public information sessions, and your signatures on our petition and sign-on letters to the IJC and Governor Cuomo. Those expressions of support – almost 10,000 strong – have gotten us to this point. We now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore our coastal ecosystems and improve the health of our River and Lake. But the opponents of any change, although fewer in number, are very vocal in their opposition.
Add your voice to the many others who have already spoken out in support of restoration of the Lake and River ecosystem.
. . . because we all have a place on the water.
Make your voice heard:
Speak up for Plan 2014 a modern water levels plan to restore the St. Lawrence River.
Other ways to support Plan 2014:
The IJC is accepting written comments until August 30th. You can submit your comment in support of Plan 2014 on its website.
► Stop by Save The River and fill out a “I Support Plan 2014″ postcard (also at many local businesses and organizations)
We have put together information to help you voice your support for Plan 2014 including tips for attending the hearing and sample talking points to help you craft your comments. Visit our Plan 2014 website and scroll down for more information.
From an opinion piece in the Buffalo News:
. . . Wetlands determine the health of any body of water. The current lake levels actually threaten near-shore diversity. In Braddock Bay near Rochester, shoaling, which destroys wetlands, is obvious. Climate change also lowers the overall Great Lakes water levels and we experienced more incidents of low water rather than high water in the past couple of decades. This trend is expected to intensify and continue.
These problems have been thoroughly studied and the engineers and biologists have worked together to recommend slightly higher lake levels for the best overall results, not just increased hydroelectric power or navigation. . . .
I am shocked and mystified that the boating interests or sporting and fishing groups have not drowned out ignorance with louder shouts in protest. You better speak up or watch the lake quality dwindle and continue to lose value while we all will pay more for power and goods.
Read the full piece here and take the author’s advice and speak up and let the IJC know that you support Plan 2014 now. The last day for comments is Friday, August 30th.
Congressman Owens submitted succinct and eloquent comments in support of the International Joint Commission’s proposed Plan 2014 in a letter to U.S. Section Chair Lana Pollock.
Please join him in letting the IJC know that “Plan 2014 is a pragmatic, comprehensive strategy that reasonably balances environmental and economic concerns.”
Comments can be submitted to the IJC on its website until August 30, 2013.
Lee Willbanks, Riverkeeper, Executive Director of Save The River, speaking at International Joint Commission Technical Hearing in support of Plan 2014, a modern water levels management plan for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, designed to reverse 50 years of environmental degradation to 64,000 acres of wet meadow marsh and the species that depend on them.
Excellent editorial in today’s Watertown Daily Times following the IJC hearing on Plan 2014 last week in Alexandria Bay.
The bottom line:
1) Both New York state and the U.S. government must act on Plan 2014 soon, and
2) flood mitigation should be part of the solution [something with which we wholeheartedly agree, since nature will continue to happen regardless of the water levels plan in place].
For the entire editorial, click here.