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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