Opportunity to Comment on Lake Ontario Regulation

February 21, 2022 – President Mike Borrelli has been alerted to an opportunity for public comment on Lake Ontario regulation.

Plan 2014 is the plan for regulating Lake Ontario outflows that went into effect in 2017. In two of the first three years after the plan was adopted, extremely wet conditions caused record floods on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. In response to public concerns about these extraordinarily high water levels, the International Joint Commission (IJC) asked its Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management (GLAM) Committee to launch an expedited review of Plan 2014. 

The GLAM’s Committee’s report on the Phase 1 of the Expedited Review of Plan 2014 is available for public comment from Thursday, February 17, 2022 to Monday, April 18, 2022.

Please follow the link: https://glam-engage.ijc.org to review the report and provide your comments.

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REDI Project Progress

UPDATE May 7, 2022– President Mike Borrelli has been in touch with key officials and provides the following update: The project teams, one for the bluff and one for the barrier bar continue working through the design and permitting process. The process is time consuming as the projects must show public money is spent to the best ability and with little or no detrimental impact. An update will be provided at the annual meeting as noted above.

September 29, 2021– President Mike Borrelli received the following email:

Good morning Everyone,All three projects have successfully made it through a coordinated review process of SEQR.  Part of that milestone is sharing the findings with the public. Attached is a Press Release for distribution among the people of your community and association.  Please email or call me directly if you have any questions. 
Sincerely,
Lindsey M. Gerstenslager, MSEd, District ManagerWayne County Soil & Water Conservation District

You can read more about the background and previous information on the Blind Sodus Bay REDI project at this link: https://waynecountynysoilandwater.org/blind-sodus-bay-redi-project/

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Aquatic Vegetation Control (Weeds)

September 17,, 2021 — UPDATE — Well, no weeds were harvested in Blind Sodus Bay in 2021…maybe next year? On September 17, the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD for those who in the know) invited representatives from the 4 Bays (Sodus, East, Port and Blind Sodus) along with leadership of the WCSWCD and the Towns of Wolcott and Huron to review the current state of the mechanical weed harvesting program. The goal is to create a better, multi-year program. This initial meeting focused on gathering input on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the current situation. As you might guess, the weaknesses and opportunities are where improvements might be made. Further discussions and planning will take place over the winter and perhaps there will be improvements in 2022.

June 25, 2021 — You may have seen the weed machine working in Fair Haven Bay, that is Cayuga County. Wayne County has started weed removal in Sodus Bay and has planned for Port Bay in the coming weeks. What about Blind Sodus?

President Mike Borrelli heard from Wayne County Soil and Water yesterday that they are evaluating the weed situation in Blind Sodus Bay but also need to secure access for the machine from the new owners of Holiday Harbor. More updates to come.

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Great Lakes Water Levels Control Boards

On August 27, 2021 the International Joint Commission (IJC) the U.S.-Canadian organization that coordinates management of the Great Lakes and associated rivers, hosted a video conference on current and future water levels throughout the system. You can watch the English language version of the video conference at the link below. It is just over 1 hour long (although you can skip forward and back in the replay) and includes presentations from the boards as well as answers to submitted questions. If you are interested in information and how these people think, check it out.

IJC Webinar Link: https://ijc.org/en/great-lakes-water-levels-boards-host-tri-board-webinars-video?mc_cid=16d088ffae&mc_eid=461db242cd

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Barrier Repair Update

September 7, 2021– President Mike Borrelli recently received an email on the progress of engineering the new barrier bar for Blind Sodus Bay.

“The engineers from Barton Loguidice visited the barrier bar last week and I received this from Hanna Quigley at Barton Loguidice :

The site visit went well, and we were able to access the barrier bar with kayaks and canoes. We identified existing vegetation species on the barrier, located mature trees to keep, observed locations and depths of submerged vegetation, and counted salvageable root wads on site.

The site visit was valuable to understand the resources available on site. Mature tree locations will help inform design development for the placement of stone. Identification of plant species will help inform the plant schedules for the design so that we make sure to enhance and build upon existing plant communities.

The 60% design package is underway, and anticipated to be completed by the middle of this month. SEQR will be reviewed by the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District at their upcoming board meeting.

Thank you,

Hanna Quigley
Barton & Loguidice”

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