Jul 31, 2013 — An organization that works to mediate boundary water disputes between the U.S. and Canada says a new study is needed to find ways to ease future flooding in Lake Champlain.
The International Joint Commission says the two countries should spend $14 million over the next five years, finding strategies to reduce the kind of flooding that devastated valley communities in New York, Vermont and Quebec in 2011.
In a statement, IJC commissioner Dereth Glance said the new study would give local leaders a better idea of the "structural and non-structural flood mitigation options" in Lake Champlain and along the Richilieu River.
Two years ago, floodwaters damaged thousands of homes and businesses. Lake levels have been elevated again this summer. Some government officials -- including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo -- have argued that flood events might be more common in the future because of climate change.
The IJC is also recommending that local communities develop floodplain land-use regulations, designed to reduce development in high-water areas near rivers and the lakeshore.