MEMORANDUM FOR THE FILE
SUBJECT: Board Meeting Notes, IJC St. Croix International River Board
Date of meeting: August 19, 2003
Location: Calais Motor Inn, Calais, Maine
Don Porteous - U.S. Co-Chair
Bill Appleby - Canadian Co-Chair
Col. Tom Koning - Board member
Ed Logue - Bard member
Bob Lent - Board member
Joan Trial - Board Member
Bill Ayer - Board member
Joe Arbour - Board member
Rudy Koop - staff IJC
Lisa Bourget - staff IJC
Barbara Blumeris - U.S. secretary
Peter Eaton - Canadian secretary (retired)
Peter Johnson - Canadian secretary
- Watershed Board Proposal
Colonel Koning opened discussion by noting that at the IJC semi-annual meeting in Washington, DC in April 2003 the IJC Commissioners requested the Board to consider how the Saint Croix International River Board might move towards becoming an International Watershed Board. Board members broadly discussed the Watershed Board concept. Key points from this discussion included:
- Re-Issue of Domtar Mill National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit (Ed Logue)
Ed Logue provided a briefing to the Board on the status of the re-issue of the NPDES permit for the Domtar mill at Woodland. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is hoping to be able to re-issue the permit within the next 6 months. It was mentioned that it might be beneficial to involve the Canadians in the permit discussions and perhaps the Board might facilitate this involvement.
- New Canadian Board Member
Bill Ayer spoke about Sheila Washburn as a potential nominee for the vacant position on the Canadian Board. Ms. Washburn is a professional engineer and businessperson who lives and works in St. Andrew’s during the summer months. Ms. Washburn has considerable experience in working with government at all levels, was president of the Nature Trust in New Brunswick, and currently works in the environmental sector. All agreed that Ms. Washburn was an excellent candidate for the vacant position on the Board.
Action: Bill Ayer will approach Ms. Washburn to obtain approval to forward her nomination to the IJC. The IJC makes the final selection.
- St. Croix 2004 Celebration
Barbara Blumeris opened the discussion on this item. The celebrations will be taking place June 26 – July 4 2004. To-date, the event is primarily funded at the local level and federal or state/provincial funding is being pursued by the Saint Croix 2004 steering committee. Various suggestions were offered concerning possible IJC participation and support for the event:
- Hosting a Board public meeting (normally held in August).
- Requesting IJC providing funds for educational teacher kits for schools. Kits have been developed by the US Park Service and distribution and funding is being organized by the St. Croix International Waterway Commission
- Developing a brochure or display on the IJC and what it does re: the St. Croix River and putting in a prominent location during festivities.
Next Steps. 1. Send request letter for teacher kit support to IJC. 2. Gather more information on events that will occur during week and identify a preferred activity for IJC/Board participation.
- Next Board Meeting
The next meeting will be held at the Algonquin in St. Andrew’s for a day and a half on November 5-6.
Notes prepared by:
Barbara Blumeris - U.S. Secretary to the Board
Peter Johnson - Canadian Secretary to the Board
September 19, 2003