S’adapter ou ne pas s’adapter? Vous avez jusqu’au 30 août pour vous prononcer

27 août 2013

If you find that the Great Lakes water level is "just right", this message is not for you.

Otherwise, take a look at the draft adaptive management plan for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin.

Yes, of course, the title is a bit long. And this reading is probably not the most interesting part of your list of things to do, especially in this late summer. 

But there are several reasons why you should consider commenting on the draft plan:

Adaptive management is almost like having a crystal ball.  Credit: Kate Ter Haar.

Climate change  : It is impossible to predict the future, but changes in temperature and precipitation patterns are likely to eventually affect water levels. Some effects are already being felt.

Uncertainty  : As our crystal ball is rather foggy, it is good to adopt a form of water level management that can react to future conditions, whether the levels are extremely high or extremely low.

Improvement  : Adaptive management offers a way to learn from past policies and practices for better results in the future.

The International Joint Commission convened a team to develop a draft adaptive management plan in the wake of the International Upper Great Lakes Study .

The consultation period for the draft plan was launched on July 31 and ends on August 30.

If you support the approach, tell us.

If you think there are other ways to deal with uncertainty, be sure to submit your comments as well .

This is the last step before the Commission makes its recommendations to the governments of Canada and the United States.