ACT NOW!

Governor Cuomo Can Help Revive Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Tell him you support Plan 2014 and ask him to work towards making it reality!

The water levels of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are regulated by the Moses Sanders Dam under a joint U.S. — Canada agreement that dates back more than 50 years. That plan was developed before modern science gave us a full understanding of the lake’s fragile ecosystem. Now we know that the old system of management is slowly killing the lake and river.

Right now, the United States and Canada are weighing the approval of a new management plan for the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. The International Joint Commission (IJC) — a joint U.S.-Canadian agency — has spent more than a decade developing Plan 2014, which achieves a balance of benefits for all interests, by simply restoring some of the natural fluctuations.

By adjusting the dam’s operating plan to work with nature, while preventing extreme high and low water levels, Plan 2014 will restore 64,000 acres of wetlands, boost hydropower production and increase the resilience of hundreds of miles of shoreline in the U.S. and Canada.

We need your help. Governor Cuomo’s voice will make an important impact on current discussions regarding the federal approval of this Plan. Since New York’s shorelines stand to benefit from this Plan, the Governor’s vocal support and the continued work of our state agencies in support of sustainable shoreline management programs will make a difference.

Please contact Governor Cuomo and let him know that you support Plan 2014. Ask him to support this important Plan, too!

The Benefits of Plan 2014, By the Numbers

$5.3 million: Value of annual increase in clean, renewable hydro-electric production. Through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ReCharge program, a portion of this additional power will be used to create jobs and control energy bills for upstate New Yorkers.

$9.1 million: Annual increase to New York’s economy through hunting, angling and wildlife viewing from improved wetlands in the Lake Ontario watershed.

$25.2 million: Average annual savings for homeowners along the lake through the prevention of coastal erosion and flooding compared with no water-level regulation.

$0: The cost to restore 64,000 acres of coastal wetlands, and hundreds of miles of lake and river shorelines in New York’s Lake Ontario watershed. A cost-benefit analysis by the Brookings Institution shows a 2-1 return for the economy on every $1 spent on restoration of the Great Lakes region.

ACT NOW to help us secure these benefits for all New Yorkers!

 

Here is the information you need to take action:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Executive Chamber
New York State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
Fax: 518- 474-1513
Click HERE to send a message electronically, choose “environmental concerns” from the drop-down menu.

Sample Letter

Please customize this sample letter, print it and mail it to the Governor today. 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Executive Chamber
New York State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo,

One year ago, the International Joint Commission referred Plan 2014 to the U.S. State Department, and strongly urged them to adopt it immediately. This plan was developed with input from hundreds of experts and thousands of citizens over the course of more than a decade. One year later we are still waiting, while some of New York’s most precious resources – clean water, a healthy Great Lake, and ecosystems that provide our hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation – face continued degradation.

As a New Yorker, I am asking you to publicly support Plan 2014 and break the gridlock in Washington. It is time for action, and we know you can get something done. I support Plan 2014 because it represents an important investment in New York’s economy, our environment, clean water and a resilient shoreline.

 While opponents continue to rely on fear tactics and misinformation, supporters know that Plan 2014 is a once-in-a-generation chance to restore the health of a Great Lake for all New Yorkers. For the past 50 years under the current water management system, flooding and erosion have been ongoing problems. Plan 2014 can help with these problems by rebuilding shorelines, but no regulation plan can eliminate the challenges of living on a Great Lake. Opponents who confuse Plan 2014 with current vulnerabilities are doing a disservice to our state.

The simple truth is that doing nothing is not an option. Further delay does not protect shoreline property owners, but it will continue to do damage to our fragile Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River watershed. Plan 2014 will help restore 64,000 acres of wetlands, boost hydropower production and increase the resilience of hundreds of miles of shoreline in the U.S. and Canada. It is a net economic winner for New York, pumping millions into our state economy through increased tourism, hunting, fishing, and recreational boating.

Dysfunction in Washington should not be a roadblock for Plan 2014, and your leadership on this issue is critical now to protect our Great Lakes for future generations.

Sincerely,

[Your name and address]

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