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New international plan balances lake and wetland water

Mixed Waters – February 19, 2012
When the International Joint Comimssion, a group founded to manage shared U.S. and Canadian waters, approved a final regulation plan for Lake Ontario’s overflowing water levels in 1963, they had good intentions. After record-breaking floods in the 1950′s, the IJC made the unrealistic assessment that they could regulate the lake’s water levels within a four-foot range. Suddenly, the area became a development hotspot and real estate, shipping and recreation markets began to grow, affecting lake and river levels. This also affected wetland water levels for decades, affecting plant diversity and ecosystem balance.

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