Plan for lake level raises anxieties

After months of delay and continuing controversy, the international body that oversees the Great Lakes is about to announce a new plan for regulating water levels in Lake Ontario.

The announcement will be of intense interest to the thousands of people who live, play or do business along the lake's shoreline, as well as those who boat, fish and use the lake's deep waters for commercial shipping or power generation.

Those interest groups rely on the regulations, which govern how much water is allowed to flow through control dams on the St. Lawrence River, to keep lake levels from being drastically low or dangerously high.

Some, especially property owners on the New York side, fear that any new regulations will increase the threat of erosion and flooding.

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