Comment on Rule Curve Methodology (closed Oct. 14)
The water levels of Rainy Lake and the Namakan Chain of lakes are regulated within upper and lower limits set by the International Joint Commission (IJC) – these limits are known as a “Rule Curve” that is meant to maintain sufficient water levels for a wide variety of uses and interests. With the latest rule curve having been set in 2000, the IJC committed to reviewing those upper and lower limits in 2015 and has appointed a Rainy and Namakan Lakes Rule Curves Study Board (Study Board). This Study Board will provide the IJC with scientifically supported recommendations for the modification or retention of the 2000 Rainy and Namakan Lakes rule curves, considering the extensive research that has been done since 2009 and prior on the hydrologic, hydraulic, cultural, economic and environmental risk factors. The geographic scope of this study comprises Rainy Lake and the Namakan Chain of lakes, the connecting channels and the Rainy River downstream of Rainy Lake to Lake of the Woods, and the riparian areas adjacent to these water bodies.
At this initial phase of the project, the Study Board feels very strongly that key individuals and organizations within the study area should be given the opportunity to provide comment on the evaluation methodologies in the Terms of Reference provided by the IJC - before it develops an evaluation approach.
Specifically, we would like your input on:
- Suggested changes to regulation alternatives being considered
- Historical data/studies you feel would be useful
Additional approaches or factors to consider:
- Impacts of factors most important to you
- Future plans and activities that could be affected by water levels
- Other considerations not included in the Directive from the IJC
Comments on the evaluation methodologies provided by the IJC, contained within the Terms of Reference, may be submitted by October 14, 2015 in written form either by email to email@example.com or using the blue button below.