Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River regulation

Roles and responsibilities of key players

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International Joint Commission (IJC)

  • Approves conditions and criteria for water levels and flows in Orders of Approval
  • Issues directives to the board
  • Appoints members to the board
Committees
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 Great lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management (GLAM) committee

  • Reviews and evaluates regulation plans in the Great Lakes
  • Considers socio-economic and environmental interests 

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management (GLAM) Committee 

 Communications committee

  • Composed of board members, board secretaries, and IJC staff
  • Liaises with other committees and advisory groups
  • Coordinates public outreach and communications activities

Committees, advisory groups, and support staff

 Gauging committee

  • Composed of US and Canadian technical support staff and staff from the hydropower entities responsible for operating the project
  • Ensures accurate monitoring and reporting of levels and flows in the St. Lawrence River

Committees, advisory groups, and support staff

Board
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International Lake
Ontario-St. Lawrence
River Board (ILOSLRB)

Canadian, American members
Advisory groups

 Interim advisory group

  • Composed of public stakeholders
  • Provides information and advice directly to the board to ensure that the board is aware of potential impacts and fully considers diverse perspectives in making outflow decisions

Interim Advisory Group

 Operations advisory group

  • Composed of seaway, Coast Guard, and hydropower representatives
  • Provides information on near-term operations, potential implications on regulating outflows

Operations Advisory Group

Support staff

 Regulations representatives (US and Canadian federal employees)

  • Provide engineering and technical support to the board
  • Monitor and maintain records of hydrologic conditions
  • Conduct the regulation plan calculations and account for flow deviations
  • Ensure outflows meet conditions and criteria by IJC and board

Committees, advisory groups, and support staff

 Board secretaries (US and Canadian federal employees)

  • Provide administrative and communication support to the board
  • Maintain board minutes and records

Committees, advisory groups, and support staff

 Engineering advisors

  • The IJC engineering advisors liaise between the IJC and board and advise on the IJCs orders and directives

Committees, advisory groups, and support staff

Hydropower entities

Ontario Power Generation and New York Power Authority
jointly own and operate the dams and release outflows directed by the board