Alliance offers hope for beleaguered lake shore residents

Henderson meeting

HENDERSON, N.Y. (WWNY) - Nearly 50 people gathered in Henderson Wednesday night, looking for change in water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River and relief from the constant damage to their properties.

Jim Shea, president of the Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Alliance, offered a solution.

"The goal tonight is to educate people about Plan 2014, introduce them to our organization, and hopefully recruit membership and donations," he said.

The alliance is a growing group of more than 1,000 members spanning from Buffalo to the north country. It's actively lobbying and pursuing litigation against the International Joint Commission for Plan 2014.

And the legal costs aren't cheap. They're estimated at $150,000.

"When you look at the cost of Plan 2014, it's one that's going to cost you year after year after year if the plan continues," Shea said. "Any donation you make is going to come back to you 10 times once we get the plan changed."

About 50 shoreline property owners met in Henderson Wednesday night to learn more about a group that could help with their legal battles.
About 50 shoreline property owners met in Henderson Wednesday night to learn more about a group that could help with their legal battles. (Source: WWNY)

To raise funds, t-shirts and lawn signs were sold branded with "IJC Plan 2014" crossed out in red. Everyone also left with a sticker and signed up to be a part of the alliance.

Rosemary Felio and David Converse, who formed the concerned citizens group, looked on as Shea played a video. In it, a key expert in their legal battle against the IJC said "my forecast says we will be at a higher level next year than we started this year."

The prediction calls for levels above 245 feet, which is disheartening news for people who've watched their homes destroyed by lake and river waves.

The alliance is offering some hope that things will one day change.

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