The International Joint Commission regulating the Great Lakes has named a 16-member Public Advisory Group as part of a possible overhaul of Plan 2014.
The current regulatory plan is blamed by Lake Ontario shoreline residents and business owners with causing the floods of 2017 and 2019. The IJC says those periods of high water were mostly caused by record-high rains.
The Advisory Group is to review plan 2014 in light of those public concerns. The IJC says a two-phase review of Plan 2014 began in February. Phase one is expected to last about 18 months. The second phase will look into high and low water levels over the long term.
Any changes to Plan 2014 would have to be approved by the IJC and then by the governments of the United States and Canada.