June 2, 2005

IJC appoints team to revise Upper Great Lakes plan of study

The International Joint Commission has appointed a binational team of experts to revise its plan for an Upper Great Lakes Study.

An Upper Great Lakes Study would review the IJC orders of approval for regulating the flows out of Lake Superior and to examine water level impacts on affected interests from Lake Superior downstream through Lake Erie.

The plan for this study, first developed in 2002, is being revised to include an examination of changes in the St. Clair River channel and to take account of lessons learned from the IJC's Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study.

Once the study plan is revised, the IJC will ask the two federal governments to provide the necessary funding for the study itself.

Members of the Upper Great Lakes Plan of Study Revision Team are:

Dr. Paul Pilon, co-lead
Manager, Boundary Waters Issues Div.
Ontario Region, Environment Canada
Burlington, Ontario

Lt. Colonel Donald P. Lauzon, co-lead
Commander, Detroit District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Detroit, Michigan

Mr. David Fay, member
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Regulation
Environment Canada
Cornwall, Ontario

Mr. Scott Thieme, alternate co-lead
Chief, Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology
Detroit District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Detroit, Michigan

Mr. Allan Chow, member
Senior Project Engineer
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Ms. Cynthia Sellinger, member Deputy Director Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory Ann Arbor, Michigan


Mr. Martin Jannereth, member
Chief of Great Lakes Shorelands Section
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Lansing, Michigan

For more information on the background of the Study, visit (Boards > Completed Task Forces > Upper Great Lakes Plan of Study Team) or

The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments.


Canada Paula Fedeski-Koundakjian (613) 995-0088
United States Frank Bevacqua (202) 736-9024


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