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Local leaders will protest IJC lake level plan Tuesday

by jmaloni
Tue, Jun 5th 2012 02:25 pm

by Christian W. Peck

Public Information Officer

Niagara County Public Information Office

Leaders from Niagara County and communities all along Lake Ontario's southern shore will turn out in force tonight in Olcott to protest an International Joint Commission/Corps of Engineers-backed plan that would increase erosion of the shoreline and have a $30 million negative impact on Niagara and Orleans counties at an event hosted by the IJC.

The proposal, dubbed "BV7" by international planners, would both increase high-water levels and lower low-water levels, devastating both the shoreline and harbors used for lucrative local sportfishing and sailing industries. Representatives of the IJC will present the plan tonight at the Olcott Fire Co., 1691 Lockport-Olcott Road, Olcott.

The following listing of local leaders attending the IJC event is complete as of press time; however, additional individuals may confirm their attendance at tonight's event throughout the day.


  • Jim Ward - executive adviser to State Sen. George D. Maziarz
  • Gerald K. Farnham - community liaison for Assemblywoman Jane Corwin
  • Legislature Chairman David Callard, Orleans County Legislature
  • Deputy Majority Leader David Godfrey, Niagara County Legislature
  • Legislator John Syracuse, Niagara County Legislature
  • Legislator Lynne Johnson, Orleans County Legislature
  • Supervisor Tim Horanburg, Town of Newfane
  • Supervisor Joe Jastrzemski, Town of Wilson
  • Supervisor Dan Engert, Town of Somerset
  • Tony McKenna, P.E.
  • Dr. Dan Barletta

WHAT: Leading local opposition to an International Joint Commission proposal that changes regulated water levels of Lake Ontario that have been in place since the 1950s.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Olcott Fire Co., 1691 Lockport-Olcott Road, Olcott.

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