August 15 th , 2003
IJC Assists in Electrical Emergency
In response to the current electrical emergency affecting large areas of Canada
and the United States, the International Joint Commission and its International
St. Lawrence River Board of Control authorized increased outflows from Lake Ontario
through the St. Lawrence River. These increased outflows permit Ontario Power
Generation and New York Power Authority to operate their hydropower facilities
at Cornwall, Ontario, and Massena, New York, at capacity, thus contributing badly-needed
additional power to the grid.
were increased beginning at 4:00 a.m. Friday, August 15, from approximately 7,270
cubic meters per second (257,000 cubic feet per second) to approximately 9,000
cubic meters per second (318,000 cubic feet per second). The increased outflows
are expected to continue while electric service is being restored.
concerned about those affected by these widespread power outages, said The Right
Honourable Herb Gray, Canadian Chair of the International Joint Commission. Im
pleased we can contribute in some way to recovery efforts.
is carefully monitoring the situation and keeping those affected by the increased
flows informed, said U.S. Commissioner Irene Brooks. We hope that the electrical
situation is restored in short order.
Joint Commission is an international organization established by the Boundary
Waters Treaty of 1909 to prevent and resolve disputes over the use of waters shared
by the United States and Canada. Its responsibilities include approving certain
projects that change the natural levels and flows of boundary waters, such as
the St. Lawrence River. The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control
provides direct oversight of outflows through the approved project. For more information
on the Commission, please visit http://www.ijc.org
Frank Bevacqua Washington (202)