Problems for a Great Lake and River
Defining the border between upstate New York and Canada, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River provide drinking water, scenic beauty, recreation, and economic opportunities for millions of people in both countries.
But 50 years of human-regulated water levels – originally designed to benefit hydroelectric power generation and shipping – have significantly altered the lake and river’s natural processes and reduced habitat diversity.
Today, the International Joint Commission (IJC) and the governments of U.S. and Canada have an historic opportunity to exercise principles of sound water management for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River – ensuring the survival of birds, mammals, and fish, and enriching the lives of human residents.
A Better Choice for the Future
A new approach that achieves a balance of benefits for all interests is currently being proposed. This new plan, called Plan 2014, was formulated over the course of ten years with the input of more than 180 stakeholder representatives, experts, and scientists from government agencies, academia, NGO’s and industry in New York, Ontario, and Quebec. Save The River and a diverse coalition of partners strongly supports Plan 2014 as it will increase the overall health of coastal habitats, provide greater economic opportunities for industry and will continue to provide protection for shoreline property owners from erosion and flooding.
Read more below about Plan Plan 2014 or visit the IJC website to learn more about the benefits of the new plan and give your support.
- Op-ed “Along the Great Lakes, It’s Time to Prepare for Extremes” - Peter Annin, the highly respected author of “Great Lakes Water Wars” and a keynote speaker at Save The River’s 2019 Winter Environmental Conference, had this op-ed piece titled “Along the Great Lakes, It’s Time to Prepare for Extremes” published in today’s New York Times. Like everything Peter writes, it is a thoughtful piece that deserves […]
- Save The River Hosts International Joint Commissioners - On Friday, June 28, 2019 Save The River hosted three of the six new commissioners of the International Joint Commission (IJC) this morning, including both the U.S. and Canadian section chairs. The meeting began with Save The River Board president Captain Jeff Garnsey taking the commissioners and staff for a boat tour departing from Clayton’s […]