Troutburg, N.Y.—Countless memories flow through the mind of Jack Moore whenever his beloved cottage arises in conversation.
“It was built by my great, great grandfather in 1884 and has been in the family ever since,” said Moore.
For all of his optimism, Moore is among the most frustrated lakeside residents when the idea of raising the level of the lake is discussed.
“I don’t see how any of it could be positive,” explains Moore.
A treaty organization known as the International Joint Commission has been studying water flows of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
The flows are largely determined by snowmelt and rainfall, but are regulated through the Moses-Saunders Dam in Cornwall, Ontario. The IJC has been studying ways to improve water flow by altering lake levels, a notion that draws the ire of land and business owners along the shoreline.
IJC says the waters highs and lows have been extreme and taken a toll on the lake’s health.
There is no formal proposal or enacted policy to alter lake levels, but the IJC is in the fact-gathering stage as it prepares to make a proposal.
“Before making a decision, the IJC will release a formal proposal for public review and schedule public hearings,” said Frank Bevacqua, Public Affairs Officer for the International Joint Commission.
A public information meeting by IJC is scheduled for June 7th at Williamson High School.