PUBLIC NOTICE January 13, 2003

IJC invites comment on decision authorizing outflow reductions from Duck Lake


The International Joint Commission (IJC) announced today that it has authorized reductions in the outflows from Duck Lake this year in the light of the potential for unduly low water levels.


The IJC requires, in its March 31, 1970 Order of Approval, that the discharge control works at the outlet of Duck Lake shall be opened by January 7 each year and shall remain open during the Kootenay Lake storage drawdown period to permit the level of Duck Lake to recede with that of Kootenay Lake.


The level of Kootenay Lake was at 1744.6 feet on December 30, 2002, is projected to fall more rapidly than usual, and to lower levels than usual, over the next few months. Conditions in the Kootenay Lake watershed are currently dry and are projected to remain so.


On January 9, 2003, the IJC issued a Supplementary Order authorizing the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority to deviate from the requirements of the 1970 Order during calendar year 2003 as follows: Duck Lake gates are to be operated full open after January 7, 2003, except that gate discharge may be reduced to retain a maximum elevation of 1744 feet, until gates are closed after commencement of the spring rise is declared by the International Kootenay Lake Board of Control.


The Supplementary Order will take effect on February 6, 2003. Public comment is invited and should be received by one of the IJC Secretaries by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 6, 2003:


Gerald Galloway

Secretary, U.S. Section

International Joint Commission

1250 23 rd Street N.W., Suite 100

Washington, DC 20440

Fax: (202) 467-0746



Murray Clamen

Secretary, Canadian Section

International Joint Commission

234 Laurier Avenue West , 22 nd Floor

Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5M1

Fax: (613) 993-5583



The International Joint Commission is an international organization established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to prevent and resolve disputes over the use of waters shared by the United States and Canada.


For the full text of the January 9, 2003 Supplementary Order and more information about the IJC, please visit .



Frank Bevacqua, Washington, D.C. (202) 736-9024

Fabien Lengellé, Ottawa, ON         (613) 995-0088

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