June 13, 2007
IJC Releases Statement on its Review of
Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation
The International Joint Commission (Commission) today released a statement announcing a timetable for its process to review the regulation of water levels and flows on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River (see below).
The International Joint Commission was established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help the United States and Canada prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the waters the two countries share. Its responsibilities include considering applications for projects that affect the natural levels and flows of boundary waters, such as the international hydropower project in the St. Lawrence River located at Massena, New York and Cornwall, Ontario. If it approves a project, the Commission's Orders of Approval may require that the flows through the project meet certain conditions to protect interests in both countries.
IJC Releases Timetable for Decision on
Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River Regulation
The International Joint Commission (Commission) will release its proposed decision on Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River water level and flow regulation on September 17, 2007. At that time, the Decision Package will include a new draft Order of Approval, a new plan for regulating Lake Ontario outflows and informational papers on the proposed decision.
As announced in January of this year, the Commission intends to conclude its careful consideration of the final report of its International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study Board in 2007. The Commission's deliberations on Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River water level and flow regulation and its work to develop a proposed decision are still underway.
While the Commission is working to ensure that its proposed decision will be viable, the Commission intends to consult with the public through several means, including a series of public hearings. The Commission will carefully consider the public comments before finalizing its Orders of Approval and adopting a new regulation plan.
The Commission will continue to consult with the Governments of the United States and Canada because of their roles as the applicants for the project.
Knowing that stakeholders throughout the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River basin have a high degree of interest in these matters, the Commission will make further announcements, including its public hearing schedule, in the coming weeks.
International Joint Commission
June 13, 2007