Get Involved

Community engagement is critical to ensure CLEAR Plans reflect the diverse perspectives, needs, interests, and watersheds within Niagara and Orleans Counties. CLEAR activities employed innovative public outreach strategies to engage the full array of community stakeholders. Information on CLEAR activities, including events and meeting summaries, is provided below. The public was able to submit comments at any time during the planning process on the Contact page.

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Public Events

Spread the Word! 

CLEAR Initiative poster (11x 17)

Public Webinar #3

Tuesday November 16th @ 5:00pm
Discussion on resilience scenarios and actions. Please submit comments on the presentation using the "Contact Us" form on the Contact page through November 23rd.

Public Event #2 - Live Webinar Discussion

Tuesday September 21st, 5:00pm
Online discussion of how to turn risks into opportunities for shoreline communities. Participants heard about the outcomes of public survey #1 and the risk assessment for shoreline communities in Niagara and Orleans Counties. They discussed needs and opportunities for increasing resilience to identified risks.

Public Survey #1

June 9th - July 7th - Public Survey #1
This survey invited the public to share how their community is being affected by changing lake conditions. The survey was advertised through email distribution lists, local media channels, social media, and flyers. An offline SMS survey was also made available.

Public Presentation #1

June 9th 5:00pm - Live Webinar Survey Launch 
Live presentation about the CLEAR initiative and public engagement opportunities including public survey #1. 


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Steering Committee Meetings

SC Meeting #7
December 14, 2021, Videoconference

Agenda: Discussion of action matrix and demonstration profiles in draft CLEAR plan. 

SC Meeting #6

November 9, 2021, Videoconference

Agenda: Discussion of proposed resilience actions and demonstration profiles for the CLEAR plan. 

SC Meeting #5

October 19, 2021, Videoconference

Agenda: Discussion of resilience scenarios, potential resilience strategies, draft vision, and guiding principles. 

SC Meeting #4

August 31, 2021, Videoconference

Agenda: Introduction to risk assessment results and needs and opportunities exercise to identify resilience goals and ways to achieve them in the near, mid-, and long-term.

SC Meeting #3

June 29, 2021, Videoconference

Agenda: The committee advised on the qualitative elements of the Risk Assessment. 

SC Meeting #2

May 25, 2021, Videoconference

Agenda: The committee continued the discussion of assets to create a draft list to inform the risk assessment and discussed plans for the first public engagement opportunity. 

SC Virtual Look & Listen Tour

May 18, 2021, Videoconference

Using hi-definition maps, the committee took a birds-eye tour of the shoreline, noting important economic, community, and natural features located in shoreline risk areas. These were added to an existing list to create a first draft for review and comment. 

SC Kick-off Meeting

April 27, 2021, Videoconference

Agenda: The kick-off meeting provided an overview of the CLEAR initiative including scope, schedule, deliverables, roles & responsibilities, and immediate next steps.