County legislators to consider opposition to BV7 proposal

by Carol Thompson

When the Oswego County Legislature meets tomorrow evening, a discussion of whether to oppose the International Joint Commission’s plan to naturally manage water levels of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario is expected to be held.

Proponents of the plan, which is also known as the BV7 plan, claim it will begin to reverse damage caused by 60 years of destructive regulation and allow the river and lake ecosystem to once again thrive.

Proponents further claim the new plan is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore coastal ecosystems and improve the health of the waterways.

Proponents support the plan because they believe it will be good for local tourism and creates conditions for more recreational opportunities.

Opponents, including Assembly members Will Barclay and Robert Oaks, both representatives of Oswego County, claim the plan will have a devastating impact on the local economy.

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One thought on “County legislators to consider opposition to BV7 proposal”

  1. BV7 is supported by over 10 years of peer-reviewed and published study. Barclay and Oaks opposition is supported by the wild claims made by a vocal minority of their constituents who never provide a shred of published evidence.

    These gentlemen should consider the facts, not the volume, of arguments.

    BV7 provides an annual $24 million subsidy to waterfront property owners, plus significant new benefits to fishermen and the businesses in Barclay’s district that depend on them.

    Ducks Unlimited and their 15,000 NY hunter and fishermen agree and have come out in support of BV7

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