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Greece, N.Y. - In an attempt to reach a compromise Thursday, the International Joint Commission (IJC) released modifications to its plan to return Lake Ontario's water to its natural fluctuations.
For the past 50 years, the water levels in Lake Ontario have remained fairly steady because of regulation by the IJC. The plan proposed last year called Bv7 would have returned the lake levels to natural fluctuations.
The new plan announced Thursday is called Spring 2014 and puts in triggers for the IJC to take corrective action if the water levels get extremely high or extremely low.
"In the spring we are already at risk for flooding and damage to our properties and increasing the lake by another foot in a storm event would definitely risk and damage to our homes," said lakeside homeowner David Bell.
Bell has lived along the Lake Ontario shore in Greece for the past 12 years. He doesn't think lake levels need to change.
Environmental groups feel five--decades of stabilized lake levels have hurt the environment.
"That has really had negative impacts to wetlands along the lake shore and a lot of the species and the animals that inhabit them," said Jim Howe of the Nature Conservatory.
The commission estimates there will be over $2 million in damage along the Lake Ontario shoreline even with the new spring 2014 plan.