On Wednesday, Lake Ontario was calm and glassy.
Wayne Knox and his wife, Victoria Visiko, who live on Edgemere Drive along the water, appreciate the still nights but can’t soon forget the times when the waters are anything but peaceful.
“So many neighbors have lost so much,” Visiko said. “Thousands and thousands of dollars of their homes, their properties, their objects in their homes and their livelihood.”
In May, high water and waves wreaked havoc along the shoreline. Members of the International Joint Commission, the agency that regulates the lake levels, came to the couple’s home to see the crashing waves firsthand.
Nothing changed after that visit, but there’s hope, that, maybe, change could still come. A nonpartisan congressional oversight agency has agreed to investigate the controversial plan that regulates the water, known as Plan 2014.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will review the IJC and Plan 2014. Many have blamed it for flooding that caused extensive damage in 2017 and again this past spring.
“I think oversight is what we do need right now because we hear a lot of misinformation – coming mostly from the IJC,” Knox said.
Knox, who is the president of the Beattie Beach Neighborhood Association, hopes the agency will get the answers many homeowners along the lake have desperately waited for since 2017’s devastation.
Congressional watchdog group to review IJC’s ‘Plan 2014’ for Lake Ontario water levels
A United State Congressional investigative group will review the controversial plan set by the international group responsible for regulating Lake Ontario’s water levels.
Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) and Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24) announced the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan group that evaluates, reviews and investigates issues for the United States Congress, will look into the International Joint Committee’s implementation of “Plan 2014.”
Since it took effect, communities along Lake Ontario have seen devastating flooding in 2017 and 2019.