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Supervisor Reilich has announced that the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee (GLAM Committee) has extended the deadline for its survey on shoreline property damages until December 31st, 2017. Owners of New York State properties who did not get an opportunity to respond to the earlier Cornell/NY Seas Grant Survey, or who have more to tell, are encouraged to respond.

The GLAM Committee was established by the International Join Committee (IJC) in 2015 to examine the effectiveness of the existing rules for regulating the outflows from Lake Superior and Lake Ontario. It is charged with looking at the impacts of past, present, and potential future weather and climate conditions on water levels and outflow regulation, and how these factors affect socio-economic and environmental outcomes throughout the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River system. The GLAM Committee is working with Conservation Ontario to conduct an online survey to seek direct input from shoreline property owners and ensure all impacted shoreline residents and businesses have an opportunity to describe what happened to their properties.

If you have property on Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence River and you suffered damage as a result of the high water levels this year, the GLAM committee is interested in hearing from you. The survey they have created asks a variety of questions on the extent of flooding, erosion, damage to shoreline structures, and related damage to residential and business shoreline properties. There is also an opportunity to upload pictures to document the extent of flooding/erosion impacts experienced. The survey should take about 10-25 minutes to complete, depending on the extent of damage being reported. To take the survey, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HLFSYV3 and look for the “Take the Survey” link.

“I would like to encourage all water front residents and businesses to take a few minutes to complete this on-line survey” said Supervisor Reilich. “2017 has been an incredibly challenging year for our shoreline residents, and this survey will help provide a more thorough understanding of vulnerable shoreline areas”.