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Environment

Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich appointed to lake level management board

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Bill Reilich said he will use his position on the board to push back against Plan 2014.

Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich has a new role overseeing the Great Lakes.

Earlier this year, the International Joint Commission decided to add two new members to the board that oversees lake level management.

Frank Bevaqua, the IJC's public information officer, said they chose Reilich to be the representative for the U.S. side because of the way he has handled flooding along the shoreline.

"In our experience, he has been very interested in finding solutions to the high water crisis, and he’s had very open lines of communication with the IJC and also has demonstrated leadership in this area," Bevaqua said.

Reilich said he is excited to get started. He is also a staunch opponent of Plan 2014 and said he hopes to use his position to change the way the water is managed.

"I’ve always believed that 2014 should be eliminated, or if not, definitely, drastically modified," Reilich said. "I’m going to walk into a situation where I’m gonna have to convince some other people of my point of view and whatever it takes I’m willing to do."

The IJC has yet to announce a representative from the Canadian side.