IJC announces public meetings on draft directive for proposed review of water levels regulation in upper Great Lakes


The International Joint Commission (IJC) announced today that it will hold a series of public meetings on a draft directive to initiate the development of a Plan of Study to review the regulation of Lake Superior outflows. The full text of the draft directive can be found on the IJC web site (www.ijc.org) .

The meetings will take place in the following cities to provide interested members of the public with a briefing and an opportunity to be heard on this important matter.

June 25, 2001 
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 
Holiday Inn 
208 St. Mary's River Dr. 
7 p.m. 
  June 26, 2001 
Sarnia, Ontario 
The Guildwood Inn Best Western 
1400 Venetian Blvd. 
7 p.m. 
  June 27, 2001 
Port Severn, Ontario* 
The Inn at Christie's Mill 
263 Port Severn Road North 
7 p.m. 
  July 9, 2001 
Duluth, Minnesota 
Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites 
200 West First Street 
7 p.m. 
  July 10, 2001 
Thunder Bay, Ontario 
Valhalla Inn 
1 Valhalla Inn Road 
7 p.m. 

*In Port Severn, the IJC's consultation on its draft directive will held in conjunction with the June 27 International Lake Superior Board of Control Annual Public Meeting.

Written comments may also be provided to the Secretaries of the IJC at either of the addresses below. Comments on the review of Lake Superior outflows will be accepted throughout the study. Comments on the draft directive should be received by July 27, 2001.

Gerald E. Galloway, Secretary 
United States Section 
International Joint Commission 
1250 23 rd Street NW 
Suite 100 
Washington, DC 20440 
Fax (202) 467-0746 
Email: Commission@washington.ijc.org Murray Clamen, Secretary 
Canadian Section 
International Joint Commission 
234 Laurier Avenue West 
22 nd Floor 
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6K6 
Fax (613) 993-5583 
Email: Commission@ottawa.ijc.org

Pursuant to the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, the IJC approved in 1913 and 1914 the diversion of water from the St. Marys River for power generation purposes in Canada and the United States and the construction of a gated control structure across the St. Marys River. The IJC through its International Lake Superior Board of Control, regulates the outflows of Lake Superior in accordance with the Boundary Waters Treaty, IJC Orders, and an adopted regulation plan.

Contacts: Frank Bevacqua Washington, D.C. (202) 736-9024 Fabien Lengellé Ottawa, Ontario (613) 995-0088