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Congressman Chris Collins

Representing the 27th District of New York

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Collins, Tenney, and Katko Request a Report on Lake Ontario Shoreline Damages

Mar 14, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Three members of New York’s upstate Congressional delegation whose districts border on Lake Ontario are asking the State Department to issue a report on the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Plan 2014 and damages to the lake shoreline last Spring. Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27), Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22), and Congressman John Katko (NY-24) have requested that House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen require this report in the upcoming legislation that will fund the State Department for the current fiscal year.

Their request comes as a result of unprecedented flooding which caused damage to shoreline homes, businesses and municipalities which many believe where due to the implementation of Plan 2014 by the IJC. The report would require an assessment of damages and options for compensation to those impacted by the flooding.

“My constituents deserve more answers about the significant flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline that took place last year,” said Collins. “It’s important to understand the true impacts of Plan 2014 so we can find a workable solution moving forward. I’m confident that the Trump Administration is close to replacing the commissioners on the IJC with individuals that will get rid of this disastrous plan.”

“Last year’s flooding of Lake Ontario caused significant damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure across the region,” said Tenney. “Plan 2014, approved by the Obama Administration, has been one of the major contributors to the damage the Lake Ontario region has experienced. If Plan 2014 remains unaddressed, the high water levels will continue to cause severe damage. It is imperative that language is included in the remaining FY18 Budget to require the State Department to report on the damages to the shoreline of Lake Ontario caused by the 2017 flooding.”

“Together with Reps. Collins and Tenney, I am committed to ensuring shoreline property owners, municipalities, farmers, and businesses are able recover from the severe flooding our region faced in 2017,” said Katko. “As part of this effort, is critical that we take steps to assess the detrimental impact of Plan 2014 on communities along Lake Ontario.  Doing so will help our local officials take action to mitigate future damages and increase preparedness.”

In July of last year, Representative Hal Rogers, Chairman of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, included this report in their spending bill although it was never signed into law. The House is expected to vote on funding for the remainder of FY18 before March 23, 2018.

To read a copy of the letter, click here