‘Achilles heel’ begins to surface on Lake Ontario

What one expert calls the “Achilles' heel” of the controversial plan for regulating Lake Ontario water levels is revealing itself for the first time this fall.

The lake is high — at a near-record high level for this time of year — because the new regulatory system, Plan 2014, dictates that it be that way.

The water is likely to stay higher than people are accustomed to right through the end of the year, and perhaps in the spring as well.

The persistence of higher water is "part of the damage of Plan 2014," said Frank Sciremammano, a Brighton engineer who has been involved in lake-level matters for decades. "The water stays higher for a longer period of time, and the window for a bad storm to hit is longer."

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