From the Morning Memo:

The coalition of environmental advocates and elected officials that back changes to Lake Ontario shoreline regulations will reiterate their support for “Plan 2014” in a news release later today.

The proposal, being billed as an update to the existing regulations, is aimed at managing the water levels on the great lake.

Supporters say that shifting to the new regulations will provide for a more natural water level and boost hydropower, but is opposed by elected officials who represent the southern shore of the lake.

The regulations must still be approved by the federal government, now under review by the Department of State.

Today the plan is getting a boost from Buffalo Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins.

“The Great Lakes represent one of our greatest natural resources providing extensive environmental benefits and economic opportunities,” said Higgins who is a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force. “Plan 2014 builds on existing efforts to restore, protect and enhance Great Lakes water and the communities that surround them.”

The proposal also has the backing of two North Country officials: Democratic Rep. Bill Owens and the Republican who is replacing him in Congress, Elise Stefanik.

“Plan 2014 is a pragmatic solution for the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario,” Owens said. “It balances the environment and the economy, and is based in hard science. It’s time to implement Plan 2014 and prevent the irreparable damage that will occur if we don’t act.”

The Plan 2014 campaign is primarily being organized by the Nature Conservancy in favor of the new regulations.

The move is opposed by Republican Rep. Chris Collins, who believes the new water levels will harm residents who live Orleans, Wayne and Niagara counties, with concerns centering around damaging shorelines and existing fortifications.