IJC appoints International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Technical Working Group


The International Joint Commission (IJC) today announced that it has appointed a bi-national technical working group to assist it in carrying out tasks related to flood plain delineation in the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River basin.  The working group members are scientific experts drawn from the governments of Canada and the United States, Quebec, Vermont and New York.  A list of the working group members is below. 

The first task assigned to the IJC by the Governments of Canada and the United States, includes collecting and harmonizing data on the topography, bathymetry, aquatic vegetation, soil texture and other features of the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River watershed.  The second task involves the creation of static flood-inundation maps showing those areas, where data are available, that would be affected at different water levels on Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River. It is expected that this work will be completed by September 2015.  

For information on the International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Technical Working Group visit the website: http://ijc.org/en_/LCRRTWG

The International Joint Commission was established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help the United States and Canada prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the waters the two countries share. Its responsibilities include investigating and reporting on issues of concern when asked by the governments of the two countries. For more information, visit the Commission's website at www.ijc.org.  


Nick Heisler                    Ottawa                                  heislern@ottawa.ijc.org                        613-992-8367
Sarah Lobrichon             French language             
lobrichons@ottawa.ijc.org                     613-992-5368
Frank Bevacqua             Washington                     
bevacquaf@washington.ijc.org             202-736-9024



Canadian Membership

U.S. Membership

Jean-Francois Cantin
Canadian Co-Chair                   
National Hydrologic Services                        
Meteorological Service of Canada                 
Environment Canada                                     
Québec, QC 

Keith Robinson
U.S. Co-Chair
U.S. Geological Survey
New England Water Science Center
Pembroke, NH

Vincent Fortin
Environmental Numerical Weather Prediction Research
Atmospheric Science and Techonology Directorate
Environment Canada
Dorval, QC 

William Saunders 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Northeast River Forecast Center
Taunton, MA

Daniel Leblanc                                              
Direction régionale de l’analyse et de l’expertise de l’Estrie et de la Montérégie                                     
Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Longueuil, QC 

Fred Dunlap
Lake Champlain Coordinator
New York Department of Environmental Conservation
Ray Brook, NY

Richard Turcotte                                       
Centre d'expertise hydrique du Québec   
Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement  et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Québec, QC 

Blaine Hastings
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Montpelier, VT