WASHINGTON, D.C. — With Lake Ontario water levels already above average, U.S. Reps. John Katko (NY-24) and Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) today (March 5) sent a bipartisan letter to Lana Pollack, chair of the U.S. Section, International Joint Commission, requesting immediate action to mitigate flood risks for coastal communities.
The lawmakers pointed to the record flooding that occurred along shorelines across Lake Ontario in 2017, causing serious damage to local businesses, residences and infrastructure.
“In addition to threatening the lives of families throughout the region, continued flooding would only cause further destruction and cripple communities that are already struggling to respond to existing damage,” wrote Katko and Brindisi.
Katko and Brindisi requested the IJC and the International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board outline the intended course of action and report any factors preventing the IJC from responding to rising water levels.