One day after members of the International Joint Commission (IJC) announced Plan 2014 is staying in place, Rep. Joe Morelle (D-NY) called for a long-term solution to prevent future flooding along Lake Ontario.
Morelle is calling on the U.S. Senate to follow the House of Representatives lead in passing legislation to fund the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency study. The House passed the measure last week as part of its Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations package.
The $12 million study would be used to find ways to prevent shoreline erosion and build a better line of defense against threats of flooding.
“This study will tell us how much of breakwalls need to be built, artificial barriers or islands can be built in waterways,” said Morelle. “There’s things that they will recommend with land-use planning, working with local governments who have the responsibility for that, and then things like buybacks. Those are all potentially part of what the study would demonstrate.”