Elevations in Lake Ontario’s water levels has been a growing concern for those on the shoreline for years now. In 2017 and 2019, increased water levels affected homes, businesses and parks throughout lakeside communities in Western New York.
In Niagara County, repairs, upgrades and replacements are being made at Lewiston Landing Park, as an effort to thwart future impacts from rising tides.
In response to the growing threat of flooding for shoreline communities, (where the cause is often debated between two standard arguments, climate change and increased shipping traffic), Lewiston’s Recreation Department has been proactive in producing solutions.
- In 2019 FEMA funding was utilized to repair and fortify the docks at Lewiston Landing Park.
- In 2020, using New York State’s REDI program funding, Lewiston was able to introduce shoreline stabilization measures, new floating docks, new pathways railing, and improved lighting and power stations.
- The latest change, yesterday, included members of the Village of Lewiston Recreation Department partnering with workers from Shoreline Innovations to install ice boom pylons to prevent damage to the docks from passing ice.
One area photographer, Brian Fose with ‘WNY Photos’, was on scene to observe the Town’s progress. Happy with the ongoing upgrades, he posted on Facebook, “It’s nice to see the Town of Lewiston trying their best to keep the waterfront and town looking beautiful. Keep up the great work!”