MPP CALLED FOR REVIEW LAST JUNE IN WAKE OF SPRING FLOODING
Brockville — Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark, says a decision by the International Joint Commission (IJC) to expedite a review
of Plan 2014 is a step in the right direction.
However, Clark said he’s disappointed in the time it has taken the Commission to launch the review and called their proposed timeline of up to 24 months to gather
“I’m pleased that the IJC is finally acting on a request I made to them in writing almost nine months ago following last spring’s devastating flooding on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario,” said Clark. “It’s extremely disappointing this review wasn’t launched then to give time to implement recommendations prior to this spring. I’m also calling on the IJC to act with more urgency in conducting the review because residents facing flooding in the months ahead can’t afford further delays – they need action now. ”
Clark added it’s for the residents, businesses and municipalities impacted by the flooding to have a formal role in the review.
“Those are the most important voices for the IJC to hear during this process,” said Clark.
Clark wrote to the IJC on June 17, 2019 on behalf of constituents affected by flooding in 2017 and 2019 to request they “immediately modify (Plan 2014) and its water-
management practices to prevent a repeat of the devastating flooding next spring or in future years.”
In his letter, to which he has yet to receive a formal response, Clark stressed the “guiding principle in any plan must be to find a balance between the interests of
commercial shipping, property owners and the environment along the St. Lawrence River.”