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News Release
March 26, 2012

IJC announces public information sessions to discuss new approach to managing levels and flows in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system

The International Joint Commission (IJC) will hold public information sessions to discuss a draft new approach to managing water levels and flows in the Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River system.

The flow of water from Lake Ontario down the St. Lawrence River is regulated at the Moses-Saunders Dam in accordance with the IJC's 1956 order of approval. The new approach would allow for more variability in water levels to help restore environmental conditions while moderating extreme high and low water levels to benefit other basin interests. An Adaptive Management strategy would improve the capability to adapt to future changes, including socio-economic changes, bigger storms or more severe droughts. Details of the approach are available at www.ijc.org/LOSLR.

Public Information Session Schedule
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Cornwall, Ontario
7:30 PM
Ontario Power Generation
Visitors Centre
2500B Second Street West
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Montréal, Québec
7:00 PM
Jardin Botanique de Montréal,
Auditorium
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Sorel Tracy, Québec
7:00 PM
Auberge de la Rive
465 chemin de la Rive
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Hamilton, Ontario
7:00 PM
Royal Botanical Gardens,
Auditorium B
680 Plains Road West
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Belleville, Ontario
7:00 PM
The Banquet Centre,
Emerald Room 1
Alhambra Square
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Kingston, Ontario
7:00 PM
City Hall,
Memorial Hall
216 Ontario Street
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Massena, New York
7:00 PM
Louisville Volunteer Fire
Department
14818 State Highway 37
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Clayton, New York
7:00 PM
Clayton Opera House
405 Riverside Drive
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Oswego, New York
7:00 PM
Campus Center Auditorium
SUNY Oswego,
7060 Route 104
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Olcott, New York
7:00 PM
Olcott Fire Company
1691 Lockport-Olcott Road
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Hilton, New York
7:00 PM
Quest Elementary School
Auditorium 225 West Avenue
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Williamson, New York
7:00 PM
Williamson High School Auditorium
5891 Route 21

At the public information sessions, presentations by IJC staff and technical experts will be followed by questions and comments from the audience. Participants are asked to limit prepared comments to two minutes so as many as possible have an opportunity to speak.

Written comments and other documents may be submitted at the public information sessions, through the “voice your comments” feature at www.ijc.org/LOSLR, or by regular mail or email to any one of the following addresses.

International Joint Commission
U.S. Section
2000 L Street, NW Suite #615 Washington, DC 20440
Commission@washington.ijc.org
International Joint Commission Canadian Section 234 Laurier Avenue West
22nd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 6K6
Commission@ottawa.ijc.org

Comments received by June 15 will assist the IJC in developing a proposal. The IJC Commissioners will hold formal public hearings on the proposal before arriving at a decision.

The International Joint Commission is an independent and objective organization that prevents and resolves disputes between the United States and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries. Under the treaty, it approves projects that affect the levels and flows of boundary waters, such as the international hydroelectric power project located at Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, New York.

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