PLAN OF STUDY FOR CRITERIA REVIEW
In The
ORDERS OF APPROVAL
For
REGULATION OF LAKE ONTARIO - ST. LAWRENCE RIVER
LEVELS AND FLOWS



Annexes 3 and 4(d) of this document were modified in February 2001 for clarification
purposes only: specifically, to specify both English and metric measurements, and to
reference elevations to the current datum (International Great Lakes Datum of 1985).
All modifications are noted in redline and strikeout.



Prepared for the International Joint Commission
By The
St. Lawrence River-Lake Ontario
Plan of Study Team

September, 1999


TABLE OF CONTENTS

  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1. INTRODUCTION
2. BACKGROUND
3. PURPOSE AND SCOPE
3.1 Emphasis
3.2 Geographic Scope
3.3 The Necessity of Appropriate Data
4. COORDINATION OF COMMON ELEMENTS BY THE STUDY BOARD
4.1 Direct and Coordinate Work of Study Teams
4.2 Common Data Needs
4.2.1 Topographic and Bathymetric Data
4.2.2 Digital Elevation Model
4.2.3 Hydrodynamic Models
4.3 Climate Change
4.4 Mitigating/Alternative Measures
4.5 Review of Regulation Criteria
4.5.1 Basis of Current Criteria
4.5.2 Evaluateand Update Criteria
4.6 Process Management and Integration of Work
4.7 Progress Reports and Meetings
5. PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
5.1 Interest Advisory Group (IAG)
5.2 Outreach to Government Officials
5.3 Information Programs
5.4 Costs and Schedule
6. SPECIFIC STUDIES AND EVALUATIONS OF INTERESTS
6.1 Wetland/Environmental Interests
6.1.1 Relationship to Water level Fluctuations
6.1.2 Past Studies
6.1.3 New Study Scope, Data Collection Needs and Evaluation Methods
6.1.4 Implications of Climate, Demographic, and Other Changes
6.1.5 Optimal Conditions
6.1.6 Study Organizations, Costs, and Schedule
6.2 Recreational Boating Interests
6.2.1 Relationship to Water Level Fluctuations
6.2.2 Past Studies
6.2.3 New Study Scope, Data Collection Needs
6.2.4 Implications of Climate Change, Demographic and Other Changes
6.2.5 Optimal Conditions
6.2.6 Study Organization, Costs and Schedule
6.3 Coastal Zone Interests - Riparian/ Shore Property
6.3.1 Relationship to Water Level Fluctuations
6.3.2 Past Studies
6.3.3 New Study Scope, Data Collection Needs and Evaluation Methods
6.3.4 Implications of Climate, Demographic and Other Changes
6.3.5 Optimal Conditions
6.3.6 Study Organization, Costs and Schedule
6.4 Commercial Navigation Interests
6.4.1 Relationship To Water Level Fluctuations
6.4.2 Past Studies
6.4.3 New Study Scope, Data Collection Needs, and Evaluation Methods
6.4.4 Implications of Climate, Demographic and Other Changes
6.4.5 Optimal Conditions
6.4.6 Study Organization, Costs and Schedule
6.5 Hydroelectric Power Interests
6.5.1 Relationship to Water Level Fluctuations
6.5.2 Past Studies
6.5.3 New Study Scope, Data Collection Needs, Evaluation Methods
6.5.4 Implications of Climate Change, Demographics, and Other Changes
6.5.5 Optimal Conditions
6.5.6 Study Organization, Cost & Schedule
6.6 Domestic, Industrial and Municipal Water Uses
6.6.1 Relationship to Water Level Fluctuations
6.6.2 Past Studies
6.6.3 New Study Scope, Data Collection Needs and Evaluation Methods
6.6.4 Implications of Climate, Demographics and Other Changes
6.6.5 Optimal Conditions
6.6.6 Study Organization, Costs and Schedule
7. HYDROLOGIC AND HYDRAULIC EVALUATION
7.1 Integrated Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Model
7.2 Modeling of the St. Lawrence, Ottawa River and Other Tributaries
7.3 Great Lakes Supply Scenarios
7.3.1 Generation of Hydrologic Sequences for the Existing Climate
7.3.2 Climate Change
7.4 Review Existing Regulation Plan, Investigate New Techniques
7.5 Iterative Evaluation of Regulation Plans and Criteria
7.6 Study Organization, Costs and Schedule
8. SCHEDULING AND COSTS
 
ANNEXES
ANNEX 1: Study Organization
ANNEX 2: Criteria for the Regulation of Lake Ontario Outflows
ANNEX 3: History of Lake Ontario Regulation
ANNEX 4: Background Documentation and Correspondence
ANNEX 5: Contributors
ANNEX 6: References