February 22, 2010
IJC schedules public consultations on St. Clair River Report
The International Joint Commission (IJC) announced today that it will hold public consultations from
March 22‐31, 2010 to invite comment on the report of its International Upper Great Lakes Study Board
entitled Impacts on Upper Great Lakes Water Levels: St. Clair River.
The report concludes the first phase of the study and examines the physical changes in the St. Clair River
since 1962. It recommends that measures to remediate the increased conveyance, or water‐carrying
capacity, of the river not be undertaken at this time. It also recommends that mitigation measures in the
St. Clair River be examined as part of the comprehensive assessment of the future effects of climate
change in the second phase of the study.
Each of the three public consultations will consist of two paired locations, one in Canada and one in the
United States, linked by telephone and video display to allow the public at each location to hear
comments from the other location.
"Our two nations share the St. Clair River and the water that flows through it from the upper lakes,"
said Canadian Chair Joe Comuzzi. "It is vital that the public on both sides of the border has a say in its
American Chair Irene Brooks added, "We invite the public who cannot physically attend one of the
shared meetings, to join us by telephone conference the following week, or on our blog and Facebook
pages in the days leading up to the meetings, and until our April 9th deadline for comment."
The public consultations will begin at 7:00 pm as follows:
|Monday, March 22, 2010||Wednesday, March 24, 2010||Thursday, March 25, 2010|
North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre
Community Hall A
527 Len Self Blvd
Seneca College, Newnham Campus
Conference Centre, Rooms 4-6
1750 Finch Ave. East
Sarnia City Hall
255 North Christina Street
|Sturgeon Bay, WI|
Crossroads at Big Creek Nature Center
2041 Michigan Street
Annis Water Resources Institute
Grand Valley State University
Lake Michigan Center
740 West Shoreline Drive
Lake Erie Center
University of Toledo
6200 Bayshore Rd.
Oregon, OH 43616
Two teleconferences will be held for those people who are not able to attend the meetings.
Teleconferences will be held in English and in French on Tuesday, March 30 at 1:00 pm and Wednesday,
March 31 at 7:00 pm. Details of the teleconferences will be provided in a subsequent news release.
Written comments may also be submitted to the IJC for receipt by April 9, 2010 to either address below:
|U. S. Section Secretary||Canadian Section Secretary|
|International Joint Commission|
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20440
|International Joint Commission|
234 Laurier Avenue West, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 6K6
The IJC will consider the views of the public on the recommendations of its Study Board before it reports
to the governments of Canada and the United States on matters related to the St. Clair River and their
impacts on upper Great Lakes water levels.
The second phase of the study will continue to examine whether the IJC Order of Approval and plan for
regulating Lake Superior outflows should be modified to address the evolving needs of users on Lakes
Superior, Huron, Michigan and Erie and the changing climate. The final report of the Study Board on the
entire study is expected to be completed and submitted to the IJC by early 2012. Funded equally by the
U.S. and Canadian governments, the study is being conducted by the binational, independent
International Upper Great Lakes Study Board at the request of the IJC under the authority of the
Boundary Waters Treaty.
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 diversion of water for hydropower production and the
compensating works in the St. Marys River. The Commission's Orders of Approval require that the flows
through the project meet certain conditions to protect interests in both countries. For more
information, visit the Commission's website at www.ijc.org.