The three IJC Great Lakes water levels boards hosted joint webinar sessions in English and French on August 27 and September 8, respectively.
Attendees were welcomed by IJC co-chairs who shared their thoughts related to current and forecast conditions within the Great Lakes basin.
Both events included a joint presentation by the International Lake Superior Board of Control, International Niagara Board of Control and International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board. The boards shared an overview of current and forecast conditions of the Great Lakes and discussed water levels throughout the system.
In addition, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management (GLAM) Committee presented an update on its ongoing review of Plan 2014, and current work being pursued on behalf of the Lake Superior Board of Control.
Nearly 150 people attended the English webinar and more than 80 attended the French webinar. Each webinar included a question-and-answer session that allowed attendees to inquire about topics of interest and seek additional information from members of the boards and committee.
Audience questions related to climate change impacts throughout the Great Lakes, current above long-term average water levels on Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie, as well as below long-term average water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
Additional inquiries were specific to outflow data from the upper basin (Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron), and interest in learning more about how adaptive management efforts related to the review of Plan 2014.
Although the three Great Lakes boards preferred to host in-person sessions, the ongoing pandemic and challenges with international travel required the meetings to be hosted virtually.
Until in-person meetings are possible, people are encouraged to visit board and GLAM Committee webpages for additional information, follow the boards on Facebook and submit questions via the respective links below.
Lake Superior Board of Control
International Niagara Board of Control
International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee
Lynn Greer is the public involvement specialist for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division. Greer is responsible for communications and public engagement to support the International Joint Commission, respective boards and committees, and to lead collaborative efforts among US and Canadian partners, Indigenous nations and the public.