Rising Lake Ontario prompts renewed opposition to environmental plan

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WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. — Lake Ontario’s rising water is furthering New York Congressman Chris Collins’ push for the repeal of an environmental plan adopted late in President Barack Obama’s administration.

The U.S.-Canadian International Joint Commission approved Plan 2014 as a way to improve environmental conditions along the lake and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally. But the Republican congressman says it’s causing damaging flooding along the shoreline.

As of earlier this week, the Lake Ontario water level is about 20 inches above average. The commission says the rainy April is the cause, and that the levels would be about the same with or without Plan 2014.

Collins and fellow New York Congressman John Katko have written to President Donald Trump urging him to pull out of the binational agreement.

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