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Subject: Coalition to Protect Great Lakes Shorelines - weekly update
 

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CRISIS ON THE GREAT LAKES

Save a Way of Life 

 
 
WELCOME! 
Like you, we care deeply about the damaging high water on our Great Lakes, which is destroying natural habitats, public lands, residential and commercial property.  The Coalition is fighting to better protect riparians from high water, flooding and erosion.
YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD!
BREAKING NEWS: 
Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Board RESPONDS to Coalition Email Campaign!
Read the letter

Takeaways:
1. LOSLRB has considered deviating as we have asked them to, but decided against it.  
2. But if the water on Lake Ontario climbs from now until the end of the year like it did in 2018, We MUST PUSH FOR ACTION #3.

(3. Operate under 2020 winter deviation rules
     a. Respect I-Limit but operate up to 1st tier F-Limit (22.10 m) Jan-01 to Feb-28
     b. Operate at 2nd tier F-Limit (22.20 m) Mar-01 to Mar-31)
Keep up the great work!
HERE'S HOW:
NEW! Email Campaign to Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Board
Please send NEW! this email with your name/signature
To these email addresses this week! 
Let your voices be heard! 
We are asking for a technical solution to achieve balance for Lake Ontario riparians when it comes to water levels.  Further details on the proposal are seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDnhbsxmHnA&t=59s
"TELL THE IJC"...what high water has done to YOUR property.
Take the survey

STAND UP AND BE COUNTED!

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Our friends at GLSL Cities Initiative want to put YOUR city on the map for stimulus funding due to flooding or erosion.  Michigan cities are standing up and getting counted -- where are you New Yorkers?  How about you Ohio? Pennsylvania?
Help them work for YOU by making sure YOUR town, village or city fills out this survey.

Getting the Word Out
WYSL 1040 AM and 92.1 and 95.5 FM 
Greece Chamber of Commerce’s October Business Voice Radio Show and Podcast featured a Spring 2021 risk of flooding segment with PAG Member Bernie Gigas
Listen HERE
NEW: Is your community group looking for a speaker on Spring 2021 flood risk?
Email us at 
[email protected]
IJC: Update on Lake Superior Outflows and Expected Conditions - October 2020
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
10/29 @ 9-12 PM Central  Public Meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board
REGISTER:
To register and receive information on how to attend this remote/virtual meeting, please send an email to the DFO at [email protected] with the SUBJECT line of “Request to Register for October 2020 GLAB Meeting” and include the following information: Name, Title, Organization, Email, and Phone Number. Attendees must register by 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time on October 28, 2020 to receive instructions for participation. 
New: AROUND LAKE ONTARIO:
How upper Great Lakes impact Ontario as Lake Michigan water levels are 2.5 feet above average
Farming, broadband, lake levels: McMurray, Jacobs confront NY-27 issues
Lake Ontario water levels are lower than any point in 2020 and the record flooding year of 2019

New: ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES:
Water supply safe from Lake Michigan's high waters
400-ton historic pavilion being moved away from Lake Michigan amid worsening erosion
Is Lake Michigan the most dangerous Great Lake?
Great Lakes Water Levels Trending Down
Climate migration: counting the economic value of the crisis is impossible, reform is long overdue
The undeniable link between weather disasters and climate change
MUST READ: Study reveals many Great Lakes state parks impacted by record-high water levels
COALITION -- In the media:
NEW: 

How upper Great Lakes impact Ontario as Lake Michigan water levels are 2.5 feet above average
Great Lakes Coalition's Ron Wilson interviewed on connection between upper & lower great lakes
- Big problems for smallest Great Lake: more precipitation, warmer temperatures, and a controversial regulation plan upend life along Lake Ontario
- Dave McDowell, Save our Sodus President
A conversation about Lake Ontario flooding with an engineer helping to review Plan 2014
Review Underway: Will IJC’s efforts be enough for flooded shoreline municipalities?
The Buffalo News published an op-ed written by the presidents of Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Alliance, the Great Lakes Coalition, and Save our Sodus.
Read it here
Previously, the Syracuse Post Standard published an op-ed written by the presidents of Save our Sodus, Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Alliance & the Great Lakes Coalition.
Read it here  
PREVIOUSLY....WORTH READING: Chicago Tribune Great Lakes Series:
Lake Ontario:
- Big problems for smallest Great Lake: more precipitation, warmer temperatures, and a controversial regulation plan upend life along Lake Ontario
- Dave McDowell, SOS President 
Lake Huron
Lake Erie

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED, THAT WE CHANGED OUR NAME....HERE'S WHY:
COALITION TO FIGHT PLAN 2014 is now.... 
COALITION TO PROTECT GREAT LAKES SHORELINES.
Why?
1. This better reflects the progress we've achieved in getting the IJC to recognize that Plan 2014 as administered is no longer working.  
Evidence of that progress:
- An expedited review process of Plan 2014 and how it can be better administered
- The creation of a Public Advisory Group to liaise with the public during that review, 3 members of which are associated with our cause
- GAO investigation of the efficacy of Plan 2014
- The successful addition of a riparian representative on the Control Board (Bill Reilich)
- The hiring of a Washington D.C. firm to lobby for a more balanced application of Plan 2014
2. This new name allows us to build a broader coalition of great lakes partners dedicated to finding a better water level balance for riparians throughout the system - from Lake Superior through the St. Lawrence River.  

PAG Member Bernie Gigas Interview: 
A conversation about Lake Ontario flooding with an engineer helping to review Plan 2014
GAO REPORT RELEASED
READ IT HERE: 
RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • The U.S. commissioners of the International Joint Commission should work with the Canadian commissioners to update the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board communications plan and ensure that the plan incorporates best practices for public relations efforts, in particular defining target audiences and developing mechanisms to monitor and inform adjustments to strategies, and generally accepted principles for communicating risk-related information.
  • The U.S. commissioners of the International Joint Commission should work with the Canadian commissioners to develop and enter into written agreements with entities that the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee identifies as having information or resources that the committee needs to effectively monitor and evaluate the impacts of Plan 2014. 
  • The U.S. commissioners of the International Joint Commission should work with the Canadian commissioners to ensure that IJC fully incorporates the key elements and essential characteristics of the adaptive management process into a comprehensive adaptive management strategic plan for Plan 2014.
IJC RESPONSE
SCHUMER/GILLIBRAND RESPOND
BRINDISI/MORELLE/KATKO RESPONSE
SOS/LOSLRA COMMENT  
Lobbying Corner/Legislation to Support
STORM ACT: FEMA: Building Resilient Infrastructure & Communities (BRIC)  EFFORTS TO LEVERAGE STIMULUS TO PREVENT EROSION  S-LIMIT
Rep. John Katko (R-24) advocates an "S limit" to protect shoreline residents.  According to his office, he"submitted a request to the House Appropriations Committee to require the IJC to establish an explicit S-Limit at 247.38 feet to protect the shoreline."
The Coalition has introduced the concept of an S limit in all its meetings with elected officials & has asked its lobbying partners to do the same.  Montreal has a limit to protect it, and so does shipping.  Shoreline residents should too. 
IJC NEWS
- IJC Endorses Great Lakes Basin Warning System 
Read Recommendations

- VIDEO; IJC Great Lakes Water Levels Webinar, July 17
PAG Profiles:

- Bernie Gigas, of Greece, NY Read more about Bernie  Twitter
- Sarah Delicate of Bowmanville, Ontario Canada Get to know Sarah Facebook
- Dave Scudder, Sodus Point, NY Get to know Dave
We will attempt to post as many profiles of them as we can.
Get the full list of members here
EDUCATIONAL WEBINARS:
WEBINAR: Protect your property from high water!
Watch again
Find materials here
WEBINAR: "What has caused Great Lake levels to increase?"
WEBINAR: Flood protection & COVID-19
Watch HERE
Materials HERE
YOUR feedback wanted: Is there a new lake issue or topic you'd like to be addressed in our next educational webinar? 
Email: [email protected] with your ideas!

PROMOTIONAL OFFERS FOR OUR READERS:
Novat Shoreline: Smart Breakwall Diversion System
The company is offering a discount to Alliance members and they will also be making a donation to our legal fund for each system purchased. There are other similar systems out there, so we encourage people to shop around, compare features and get competitive quotes.

RAPID-H2O Flood Barrier PROMOTIONAL OFFER
Marine Construction by ecotechconstruction.net 
(Ecotech will donate $100 on a $4k job and $500 on a $15k job to the Coalition.)

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
If you have time, interest, & ability to help with SOS and LOSLRA's administrating and/or fundraising, please reach out to Valerie Burba at: [email protected]

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