The New York Farm Bureau is pushing...
The numbers are pretty grim.
Yesterday, the binational agency that regulates the water flows held an unusual press conference over the phone...
We don't do many conference calls like this with the media, but, uh..
But boaters, marinas, shippers, tourism officials - everybody's nervous about what this summer holds.
International St. Lawrence River Board of Control chairman Jim Vollmershausen said, quite simply, it's Mother Nature's fault.
There was much less snow accumulation this winter, and the runoff fro that snow occurred earlier than usual in March. There was also very little rain in April and less runoff than usual. In total, the precipitation that fell on the
Vollmershausen said there's not much the Board can do.
David Fay, one of the Board's technical guys, says they're holding back as much water as they can at the power dam in Massena. In fact, the part of the river in
Fay forecast the river will rise about 4 inches by August. But he acknowledged people are anxious.
We have heard from many boaters and property owners in the
There's a lot more rocks around that weren't around last year or the year before.
Bobby Foster's a mechanic at Chaulk's marina in Fisher's Landing. He says boaters are starting to arrive for the season and they're not liking what they see.
They're worried about wacking their motors on the rocks, y'know. "Is it kinda good business for you because you're going to be fixing more boats?" Yeah, but still, any service work's good work but it still sucks.
Thousand Islands tourism officials are already nervous about this summer, with
Assemblywoman Addie Russell's been fighting to keep them open. She represents the
I don't want us to get some rain in our area, and then they say, oh great, we can use that in
The dry conditions come at a sensitive moment in the politics of water levels. The
We would be a little bit below average even in pre-project, cause that's the type of year it is. But we wouldn't be as low as we are right now.
Under the current system,
So right now, you have
I'm not sure exactly what soon means, but I know there's an awful lot of interest in drawing that whole process to a close.
As stakeholders await the outcome of those talks, the message is simple. Watch for rocks. And pray for rain.
For North Country Public Radio, I'm David Sommerstein.