Napanee calls for residents to share experiences of flood damage at Jan. 24 open house

Water levels along the Napanee River have spilled over the boat launch dock quite frequently the last couple of years. File photo.

Sarah Williams
Beaver Staff

Rising tides float all boats, whether you want them to or not. In Napanee and area, rising water levels for 2020 are already a concern for residents, many of who experienced property damage from rising water levels in 2019.

Much of the rising water level is being blamed on Plan 2014, an initiative implemented in 2016 by the International Joint Commission (IJC) to replace an outdated regulatory method that had managed the water levels and flows between Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, New York.

Since the implementation of Plan 2014, lakeside residents both here and in New York have been affected by unusually high water levels causing hitherto unseen damage.

With apprehension for what 2020 will bring in terms of water levels, the Town of Greater Napanee is hosting a Waterfront Protection Open House on Friday, Jan. 24, beginning at 5 p.m, at the Fredericksburgh Community Hall.

The town is requesting residents submit stories and photos of the devastation they experienced due to high water levels. These submissions will be forwarded to the both the IJC and the province to help assess the damage caused since the implementation of Plan 2014.

By attending the open house, residents will have an opportunity to share their experiences with industry experts. The town asks that those interested RSVP by Monday, Jan. 20 at 4:30 p.m to ensure a seat.

To RSVP or for any further questions, contact Brianna Clement, the town’s community engagement clerk at 613-354-3351 ext 2030 or by emailing

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