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September 19, 1997

MEDIA RELEASE

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Frank Bevacqua International Joint Commission (202) 736-9024
Fabien Lengellé International Joint Commission (613) 995-0088
John Kangas International St. Lawrence River Board of Control (312) 353-4333
Ed Eryuzlu International St. Lawrence River Board of Control (613) 990-5617

Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Proposal to Fine Tune Regulation of Lake Ontario Outflows

The International Joint Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed regulation plan for Lake Ontario outflows that would make minor adjustments to the regulation of water levels on the lake and St. Lawrence River as far downstream as Trois Rivières, Quebec.

Though approval of the proposed regulation plan would make only minor adjustments to the way Lake Ontario outflows are currently regulated, the Commission and its International St. Lawrence River Board of Control will hold six public meetings due to the high degree of public interest in water levels.

The proposed regulation plan builds on over 30 years of experience with the current regulation plan, Plan 1958-D, and includes many of the deviations from Plan 1958-D that are currently made to address various water supply conditions.

The purpose of a regulation plan is to implement the Commission's Orders of Approval, the basic policy document that defines the objectives for the regulation of Lake Ontario outflows. Approval of the proposed regulation plan requires no changes to the Commission's Orders of Approval.

The new regulation plan has been recommended to the Commission by its Board of Control after three years of tracking how it would perform compared to the current regulation plan. The attached summary sheet provides an overview of the proposed regulation plan. To obtain a report on the results of the three-year tracking, contact the Board of Control or look under "special issues" on the Board's website at the following address:

www.islrbc.org

The International Joint Commission was created under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help prevent and resolve disputes over the use of waters shared by Canada and the United States. The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control was established by the Commission to ensure that outflows from Lake Ontario meet the requirements its Orders of Approval, develop regulation plans and conduct special studies. For more information, visit the Commission's website the following address:

www.ijc.org

The Commission and its Board of Control will discuss the proposed regulation plan and receive public comment at public meetings in the following locations. Each meeting will take place from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

October 9, 1997
Burlington, Ontario
Canadian Centre for Inland Waters
867 Lakeshore Road, Cafeteria Room
Telephone (905) 336-4712
October 16, 1997
Montreal, Quebec
To be announced
October 29, 1997
Kingston, Ontario
To be announced
November 12, 1997
Brockport, New York
To be announced
November 13, 1997
Sodus Point, New York
Heights Golf Course
7030 Bayview Drive
Telephone (315) 483-4767
November 14
Massena, New York
To be announced

Written comments received by November 21, 1997, at either of the following addresses will also be considered by the Commission prior to making its decision on the proposed regulation plan.

International Joint Commission
United States Section
1250 23rd Street, NW
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20440
Fax (202) 736-9015
Email Chandlerj@washington.ijc.org
International Joint Commission
Canadian Section
100 Metcalfe Street
18th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 5M1
Fax (613) 993-5583
Email Clamenm@ottawa.ijc.org

URL: http://www.ijc.org/rel/news/fall_rev.html

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