Today our water level is 248.4, about 2.5 inches below where it was 2 weeks ago. While we are having a reasonably dry period the water is receding slowly. The most recent forecast for the year-end water level ranges from 244.5 to 247 with an expectation of 245.3. We normally add approximately 3 feet to the year end water levels before we peak around June. This is a clear sign that we will have very high water again next year. With this knowledge, we encourage all residents to leave the sandbags in place over the winter. That will reduce the work next spring. For those that have space and would be interested in building a berm around the sandbags, the village can bring composted soil that we have available. If you are interested, please call the village office and we will set up a schedule.
The Lake Ontario REDI projects continue to move forward. We have now begun a series of weekly committee meetings which will lead to a county-wide prioritized list of projects. Meeting #3 is now scheduled for August 22 at 10:30 at the Safety Building, 2nd Floor in Lyons.
Mark Costich and I met with O’Brien and Gere(OBG) on Tuesday to review each Sodus Point project and make sure OBG, as the state engineers, had a good understanding of both the projects and why they are important to the village. The stormwater project plan has been updated to include permanently installed pumps as well as sized to manage a higher volume of water. You can view the Village’s REDI project (Click) here, or on the main page of the Village website.
We have worked with Jim Shea, president of LOSLRA to schedule a rally here in Sodus Point on August 24th. It will be held at 9:30 at Katlynn Marine.
A copy of both resolutions passed by the village board in response to the Plan 2014 flooding can be found below and on the village website.
2. RESOLUTION OF IMMEDIATE REVIEW OF IJC PLAN 2014 By the Great Lakes Adaptive Management Committee.
The first calls for the repeal of the plan. This is similar to what most municipalities around Lake Ontario have passed and is unlikely to happen. Our second resolution calls on the Great Lakes Adaptive Management Committee (GLAM) to issue a report by December 31, 2019, identifying where the plan is working and what adjustments are needed. This has a better chance of being done because there is a provision in the Plan 2014 for a review by the GLAM every 5 years, we’re calling on an accelerated analysis. Getting action prior to the study requested by the IJC is important to all lakeshore communities.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out.