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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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County legislature resolution pulled for lack of accurate facts

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature did not have good luck with memorializing resolutions during Thursday’s meeting.

A resolution pertaining to the opposition in wind turbines in the Great Lakes had to be amended due to inaccurate information. A second resolution, to oppose a plan referred to as BV7, was tabled after the validity of the facts was challenged by Tim Carroll, who serves on the county’s environmental management council.

The International Joint Commission has announced consideration of a new plan that will replace current regulations that control the water levels of Lake Ontario.

The purpose of the new plan is to reverse environmental damage caused by the current regulation plan. The county’s resolution contends that the new plan will increase the current range of water levels that private and public riparian property owners relied on for the last 50 years.  The resolution also states that the potential environmental benefits of the BV7 plan are based upon faulty research methods.

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