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Landowners, advocates disagree over Lake Ontario levels

Sodus, N.Y. (AP)  Potential changes in Lake Ontario's water levels are driving a debate among those who live on and use the lake.

Let the lake go up and down more, say environmentalists and outdoors sportsmen. The current levels have made the lake's 63,000 acres of surrounding wetlands unhealthy. Wildlife, native plants and fish are suffering according to the Post Standard. They favor a new plan being considered by a joint American/Canadian commission to let the lake rise and fall more.

Keep the lake stable, say fearful shoreline property owners, municipalities and some businesses. They scoff at the idea of putting "muskrats and cattails above property values." The new plan could result in unacceptable extremes, they say, including erosion or dried-up dock slips.

A commission of American and Canadian officials could rule early next year.

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