Final Work Plan of the International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board
The record setting floods of 2011 in the Lake Champlain Vermont/New York basin in the United States. (US) and the Richelieu River in the province of Quebec, Canada, prompted the U.S. and Canadian governments to work together to identify how flood forecasting, preparedness and mitigation could be improved in the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River (LCRR) basin. In July 2013, the International Joint Commission (IJC) submitted the LCRR Plan of Study (PoS) to the Governments of Canada and the United States. The 2013 PoS outlined the work required in the LCRR basin in order to explore potential floodplain management solutions, identify a new flood forecasting system for the LCRR basin, and to provide a range of structural and non-structural flood prevention and mitigation measures. In 2015, the IJC LCRR Technical Work Group completed some initial tasks identified in the PoS. In 2016, the U.S. and Canadian governments decided to pursue Option B as described in the PoS to more fully explore the causes, impacts, risks, and solutions to flooding in the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River basin; this decision led to a reference to the IJC to conduct Option B activities, and for the IJC to create the International LCRR Study Board to oversee and conduct studies and work related to Option B. This Work Plan describes these activities, the time line of these activities and their costs.