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IJC says not to expect any fast changes to Plan 2014

Leaders of the U.S./Canadian agency that manages water levels on Lake Ontario warned not to expect dramatic change overnight as they reevaluate the controversial Plan 2014 regimen for regulating the lake.

“Any changes that happen with Plan 2014 would have to be run past governments,” explained Jane Corwin, chairwoman of the U.S. delegation to the International Joint Commission (IJC).  “It took two years to get through that process last time. I would imagine it would take a while to do it this time as well.”

After Corwin indicated the Americans on the IJC wanted to reexamine Plan 2014 for possible revisions, members of the IJC board spoke Friday with area leaders in a round table meeting in Oswego, then met with Sodus Point homeowners dealing with damage caused by months of high water levels.

“We see what’s happening,” exclaimed Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D) 22nd District, at the gathering.  “It’s coming at us on this train track. And we have a chance to get out of the way.  We’re asking the IJC ‘what is your plan as this train is coming at us?’ and we get no response.”

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