PLAN BV7 IS BEST FOR THE RIVERWATERTOWN – As a lifelong St. Lawrence River resident, Matt Doheny knows that the right water levels are crucial for property owners, tourists and our ecosystem. The congressional candidate believes the International Joint Commission’s new water management plan, Bv7, is a needed update and would benefit all who live, work and play along the St. Lawrence River.
“The International Joint Commission used data as far back as 1860 to craft the water management plan we currently use,” said Doheny. “So much has changed since then. We need a plan that mirrors the river’s natural flows, while giving plenty of opportunity to our anglers, boaters and tourists for the next century to come. Plan Bv7 is that plan.”
While the current plan benefited interests outside the north country to the detriment of the environment, Doheny believes the new plan acknowledges that a vibrant ecosystem is essential to a healthy local economy, including tourism. Support is beginning to build for Bv7. Save The River, an internationally known environmental group based in nearby Clayton, has already endorsed the plan.
“I felt it was important to be a leader and show my support early so that river advocates know they have an ally,” said Doheny. “It’ll be months before the public has a chance to offer their opinion to the IJC’s commissioners.
And frankly, we can’t have a congressman who is dithering on a decision this obvious. I went and did the research. Plan Bv7 is a good plan.” People are encouraged to attend the IJC’s public information sessions, which will be held at 7 p.m. May 29 at the Louisville Fire Department and May 30 at the Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive. Hearings, where members of the public can formally offer the input, are expected later this fall.