Action Alert: Support new plan for healthier water levels management on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River!

Sierra Club Canada, as part of Great Lakes United,  congratulates them and the other organizations who worked so hard to improve this Lake Ontario management plan. Now to see it adopted they are asking for public participation in meetings (schedule below) and signatures on the Save The River petition. Please help out where you can! Thank you!!


The International Joint Commission (IJC) has released their water levels management plan – called Plan Bv7 – for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, and your voice needs to be heard! The new plan will restore more natural water flows, make significant progress in protecting the health of the River and Lake, and also provide greater economic opportunities for industry and continuing to provide protection for shoreline property owners from erosion and flooding.

Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have been severely compromised for over fifty years by environmentally damaging water levels regulation under a plan called 1958 D with Deviations. Since 2000, the IJC has been working to develop an approach to water level regulation that would better suit the environmental and economic needs of the region.  After a solid decade of work and extensive public comment the IJC has developed such a plan- Plan Bv7- that will finally return water flows on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River to more natural levels, representing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore a massive swath of costal ecosystems (over 13,000 acres) and the health of the lake and river.

Learn more about the IJC’s Plan Bv7 here:
There are two ways you can help support Plan Bv7:

  1. Sign a petition: Great Lakes United’s member organization Save the River is circulating a petition in support of Plan Bv7. Please add your name to the growing coalition of concerned citizens!
  2. Attend a meeting and speak out in support of Bv7:
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Cornwall, Ontario 7:30 PM
Ontario Power Generation Visitors Centre
2500B Second Street West
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Montréal, Québec 7:00 PM
Jardin Botanique de Montréal, Auditorium
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Thursday, May 17, 2012 Sorel Tracy, Québec 7:00 PM
Auberge de la Rive
465 chemin de la Rive
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Hamilton, Ontario 7:00 PM
Royal Botanical Gardens, Auditorium B
680 Plains Road West
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Belleville, Ontario 7:00 PM
The Banquet Centre, Emerald Room
1 Alhambra Square
Thursday, May 24, 2012 Kingston, Ontario 7:00 PM
City Hall, Memorial Hall
216 Ontario Street
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Massena, New York 7:00 PM
Louisville Volunteer Fire Department
14818 State Highway 37
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Clayton, New York 7:00 PM
Clayton Opera House
405 Riverside Drive
Thursday, May 31, 2012 Oswego, New York 7:00 PM
Campus Center Auditorium
SUNY Oswego, 7060 Route 104
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Olcott, New York 7:00 PM
Olcott Fire Company
1691 Lockport-Olcott Road
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Hilton, New York 7:00 PM
Quest Elementary School Auditorium
225 West Avenue
Thursday, June 7, 2012 Williamson, New York 7:00 PM
Williamson High School Auditorium
5891 Route 21




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