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GLIN==> Revised schedule for water uses, diversions and export hearings



Posted on behalf of Frank Bevacqua <bevacquaf@washington.ijc.org>

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IJC to visit 12 cities for public hearings on IJC's interim report on
the uses, diversions, and bulk exports of Great Lakes  water

PLEASE NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR DULUTH AND THUNDER BAY HEARINGS.

The International Joint Commission (IJC) will hold public hearings in
Ottawa, Washington and 10 cities in the Great Lakes basin in September and
October to solicit public and official comment on the interim
recommendations contained in its interim report, "Protection of the Waters
of the Great Lakes," that was released on August 18, 1999. Private citizens,
members of advocacy groups, representatives of industry, and federal, state,
and provincial government officials will have an opportunity to express
their views on the report and to suggest to the IJC improvements to the
report and its recommendations for inclusion in the final report.  Locations
and times are provided below.  Additional information and any changes will
be provided later and will also be posted on the IJC's web site.

September 26, 1999, 1-4:00 p.m.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Midwest Express Center
Ballroom 104

October 5, 1999, 7-10:00 p.m.
London, Ontario
London Convention Centre
300 York Street
London, Ontario
(519) 661-5764
Room: Salon "A"

October 12, 1999, 7-10:00 p.m.
Toronto, Ontario
The Westin Harbour Castle - Business Centre
1, Harbour Square
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 869-1600
Room: Pier 4 & 5

October 12, 1999, 7-10:00 p.m.
Detroit, Michigan
Crowne Ballroom
Hotel Pontchartrain
2 Washington Boulevard
(313) 965-0200

October 13, 1999, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ottawa, Ontario
-To be determined-

October 14, 1999, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Washington, D.C.
-To be determined-

October 19, 1999, 7-10:00 p.m.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Bayfront Quality Inn
180 Bay Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
(705) 945-9264
Room: Main Room

October 19, 1999, 7-10:00 p.m.
Gary, Indiana
Marquette Park Pavilion
1 North Grand Boulevard
(219) 938-7362

October 20, 1999, 7-10:00 p.m.
Duluth, Minnesota
Great Lakes Ballroom
Holiday Inn
200 W. First Street
(218) 722-1202

October 20, 1999, 7-10:00 p.m.
Buffalo, New York
Ellicott Room
University Inn and Conference Center
2402 N. Forest Road
Amherst, NY
(716) 636-7500

October 21, 1999, 7-10:00 p.m.
Montréal, Quebec
Hôtel le Reine Elizabeth
900 boul. René-Lévesque ouest
Montréal, Québec
(514) 861-3511
Room: Salon Mackenzie

October 21, 1999, 7-10:00 p.m.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Valhalla Inn
1 Valhalla Inn Road
Thunder Bay, ON
(807) 577-1121
Room: Scandia 1 & 2

All interested persons and organizations are encouraged to submit comment.
Due to time constraints, speakers may only have the opportunity to summarize
their comments (five minutes) during the public hearing. Written comment may
also be submitted at the public hearings, or to the following IJC offices
during the course of this investigation:

Secretary, Canadian Section
100 Metcalfe Street, 18th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5M1
Fax     613.993.5583
Email   Commission@ottawa.ijc.org

Secretary, United States Section
1250 23rd Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20440
Fax     202.736.9015
Email Commission@washington.ijc.org


The International Joint Commission is a binational Canada-U.S. organization
established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. It assists the
governments in managing waters along the border for the benefit of both
countries in a variety of ways including examining issues referred to it by
the two federal governments.

On February 10, 1999, the governments asked the IJC to investigate the use,
diversion and removal of waters in light of their concern that current
management principles and conservation measures may be inadequate to ensure
the future sustainable use of our shared waters.

In its interim report the IJC recommended that, pending submission of its
final report under the reference, U.S. and Canadian federal, state and
provincial governments should not authorize or permit any new bulk sales or
removals of surface water or groundwater of the Great Lakes basin and should
continue to exercise caution with regard to consumptive uses of these
waters, in accordance with existing laws in both countries and the Great
Lakes Charter. The IJC will issue its final report under the water uses
reference in February 2000.

For more information, including the text of the interim report and updates
on the public hearings, visit the IJC's web site at www.ijc.org and click on
the "Water Uses Reference" button:

Contacts:

Washington, D.C.        Frank Bevacqua  202.736.9024
Ottawa, ON              Fabien Lengellé 613.995.0088

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