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August 21, 2008

IJC discusses public comment on the future regulation of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River water levels and flows

The Commissioners of the International Joint Commission met in Toronto from August 12-14 as part of ongoing deliberations to review their Order of Approval and regulation plan for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The Commissioners reviewed the record of public comments, which included testimony from over 200 organizations and individuals at 10 public hearings held in June of this year, and over 1,200 written submissions received during the public comment period, and directed that a synthesis of public comments be posted to its website to complement the existing transcripts and submissions.

The Commissioners met with representatives from the Governments of Canada and the United States and discussed the public comments and submissions regarding the Commission's draft proposals. The Commission anticipates also meeting with representatives from the provinces of Ontario and Quebec and the State of New York prior to concluding its deliberations.

The Commission will continue to provide updates during its deliberation process. For more information, visit the Commission's website at



Washington Frank Bevacqua 202-736-9024
Ottawa Tom McAuley 613-794-8391

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