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Unprecedented Coalition of Supporters Call on Washington to End Months of Delay & Adopt Plan 2014

Congressional Members Stefanik and Tonko Join Rochester Mayor Warren to Push for Approval – “Should be Approved Without Delay”

Coalition Releases Full List of Supporters for the First Time; Over 15 Elected Officials, More Than 50 Outdoor and Environmental Organizations, 23 Towns and Counties, Dozens of Businesses and More than 23,000 New Yorkers Demand Action on Plan 2014 to Protect Upstate Economy and Ecosystem

(Albany, NY) – Nearly 18 months ago, after more than a decade of studies and research, the International Joint Commission (IJC) – a joint U.S.–Canadian agency – proposed a plan to protect upstate New York against extreme water levels, restore wetlands and prepare for climate change.  However, after nearly 100 elected officials, environmental, business and community leaders and over 23,000 New York citizens called for its approval, Plan 2014 has yet to be approved. Today, the growing number of supporters once again vociferously urged the passage of Plan 2014.

“Plan 2014 will bolster our economy while providing lasting environmental benefits for generations to come,” said Congressman Paul Tonko. “As our climate continues to change, the need becomes more immediate to adjust the way we use and manage our environmental resources. This plan ensures that future generations will be able to count on increased output of clean, sustainable hydropower for the regional community. Plan 2014 is a collaborative success that demonstrates how tangible solutions can both protect our environment and strengthen our economy. I look forward to its implementation  and will continue to advocate for similar solutions on the federal level.”

“Our environment is our life blood in upstate New York and Plan 2014 will protect our North Country ecological treasures,” said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. “Plan 2014 is a win for our environment and for our economy and should be approved without delay.” 

“If we want a city with more jobs, vibrant neighborhoods and quality educational opportunities, we must also take steps to protect the environment,” Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren said. “This is why I support a new approach to managing Lake Ontario that will promote clean waters, tourism, outdoor recreation, and all the people, communities, and businesses that depend on a healthy lake.”

“The current lake regulation plan has reduced our natural protection from severe storms,” said Bob Hurlbut, a lifelong Rochester resident and business owner whose family owned shoreline property along the lake for more than 70 years. “We cannot sit idly by and wait for another Sandy or Irene to hit our vulnerable coastal areas and threaten our waterways. The outdated plan currently in place has artificially compressed water-level variability to such a degree that our communities are at risk. We need Plan 2014 now.”

Plan 2014 will bring $9.1 million in increased value to New York’s economy through hunting, angling, and wildlife viewing; extend the recreational fall boating season on Lake Ontario, the upper St. Lawrence River, and throughout the Thousand Islands region; and bring an annual increase of 100,000 megawatt hours of additional clean and renewable hydroelectric power production..  A portion of this energy will be used to create jobs and control energy bills for upstate New Yorkers through Governor Cuomo’s ReCharge program.  

The 100,000 megawatts of increased hydropower production created through the adoption of Plan 2014 is enough energy to power 8,000 homes. Increased hydropower generation over the existing dam can reduce CO2 emissions by 41,200 tons per year, the equivalent of taking nearly 8,700 cars off the road each year, benefitting efforts to transition New York and the Northeast Region to lower emitting sources of energy.

Plan 2014 has received bipartisan support, including that of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (D), U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins (D), Elise Stefanik (R) and Paul Tonko (D); state Senators Joe Griffo (R) and Patty Ritchie (D); and Assemblywoman Addie Russell (D). In addition, more than 1,000 New Yorkers and a variety of organizations representing tens-of-thousands of members, have sent letters to the U.S. State Department calling for the federal government to immediately adopt Plan 2014.

These groups include Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Seneca Park Zoo Society, Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, Welch Allyn, Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, the New York State Conservation Council, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition (HOW), which consists of more than 120 environmental, conservation, and outdoor recreation organizations, including zoos, aquariums, and museums. A full list of supporters is below.

Supporters of Plan 2014

 

Elected officials

Senator Robert Runciman, Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes (CN)[1]

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Congressman Brian Higgins

Congresswoman Nita Lowey

Congressman Paul Tonko

Senator Patty Richie

Senator Joe Griffo

Assemblywoman Addie Russell

Mayor of Rochester Lovely Warren

Rochester City Council Member Matt Haag

Mayor of Clayton Norma Zimmer

Mayor of Cape Vincent Timothy Maloney

Mayor of Alexandria Bay Danielle Miller

Town of Clayton Supervisor Justin Taylor,

Town of Alexandria Bay Supervisor Dale Hunneyman

Editorial Boards

Buffalo News

Syracuse Post-Standard

Watertown Times

Town and county governments

Jefferson County

St. Lawrence County

Town of Alexandria

Town of Cape Vincent

Town of Clayton

Town of Hammond

Town of Lisbon

Town of Massena

Town of Morristown

City of Ogdensburg

Village of Cape Vincent

Village of Clayton

Town of Potsdam

Town of Theresa

Town of Waddington

City of Brockville (CN)

South Dundas Township  (CN)

Elizabeth-Kitley Township  (CN)

Fronte of Younge Township  (CN)

Gananoque Township  (CN)

Leeds and Thousand Islands Township  (CN)

South Stormont Township  (CN)

Oswego County Environmental Management Council

Businesses, business organizations

Anthony Collins, President of Clarkson University, and Co-Chair, North Country Regional Economic Development Council

Joseph Rulison, VP and Market President of Rochester Bank of America Corp. (Ret.)

Alcoa, Inc.

Welch Allyn, Inc.

Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce

Admiral’s Inn

Capt. Thomson’s Resort

Chez Paris

Clarence Henry Coach, LLC

Clayton Guides Association

Classic Island Tours

Chalk’s Marina and Boat Sales

Chaumont Yacht Club

Garlock’s Lumber and Hardware

Martin’s Marina and Hotel

Northern Marine

Paul Norton Canvas

Riley’s By The River

RJ Marine

Schermerhorn Harbor

Seaway Slips and Cottage Rentals

Wagoner’s Sales and Service

The Ship Motel

Sign Man Charters

Uncle Sam Boat Tours

Van’s Motor Marine

Wright’s Marine 

Outdoor sports organizations 

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Ducks Unlimited, Canada

Finger Lakes Conservation Council

Lake Plains Waterfowl Association  (Rochester)

Lake Ontario Fisheries Coalition   (Watertown)

Monroe County Conservation Council

New York State Conservation Council

Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters  (CN)

Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen

Trout Unlimited, New York State Council

Zoos, museums, regional and national conservation organizations

Seneca Park Zoo Society (Rochester)

Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Alliance for the Great Lakes

Audubon New York

Buffalo Audubon Society

Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper

Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Council of Canadians  (CN)

Freshwater Future

Groupe d’education et d’ecosurveillance de l’eau  (CN – Quebec)

Healing Our Waters Coalition

International Water Levels Coalition

Izaak Walton League of America

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper  (CN)

National Parks & Conservation Association

National Wildlife Federation

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Nature Conservancy

Nature Quebec  (CN)

New York League of Conservation Voters

Royal Botanical Gardens  (CN)

Save The River, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper

Sierra Club

Thousand Islands Land Trust

World Wildlife Fund, Canada  (CN)

Central Westchester Audubon Society

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society

Environmental Advocates of NY

Four Harbors Audubon

Genesee Valley Audubon Society

Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society

North Shore Audubon Society

Onondaga Audubon Society

Saw Mill River Audubon Society

Southern Adirondack Audubon Society

Academia

Bruce Johnstone, former Chancellor of State University of New York

Cornelius Murphy, former President of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Private citizens

To date, Plan 2014 has received over 23,000 expressions of support (letters, telegrams, op-eds, letters to the editor, petition signatures) from private citizens in New York State.

For more information please visit: http://supportplan2014.org

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[1] CN = denotes Canadian officials, businesses, and organizations