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Niagara County urges Trump to renegotiate Lake Ontario water plan

When you have a complaint, sometimes it's best to go straight to the top.

The Niagara County Legislature on Tuesday night unanimously passed a resolution to be sent to the White House, urging President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014, the International Joint Commission's lake water management policy that some critics blame for flooding and erosion along the lake's New York shore.

The plan openly envisioned slightly higher water and increased damage on the lake's south shore. But its adoption was followed by unusually heavy rainfall and flows into the lake in 2017 and again this year. The IJC blames the weather for the trouble, contending that the lake would have flooded under the old plan, too.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Sen. Charles E. Schumer have criticized Plan 2014 since the floods. The Niagara County Legislature predicted them almost five years ago, when it passed its first of several resolutions against Plan 2014.

Both water levels and IJC-controlled lake outflows stood at record levels Wednesday.

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