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December 18, 2000

IJC establishes International Lake
Ontario and St. Lawrence River Study Board



The International Joint Commission (IJC) announced today that it has
established an International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study Board and
appointed 11 of its proposed 14 members.

On December 11, 2000, during an executive meeting in Washington, D.C., the
IJC approved a directive that establishes the Study Board and instructs it
to undertake the studies required to evaluate options for regulating levels
and flows in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system.

The Study Board will have seven U.S. and seven Canadian members.
Appointments made by the IJC to date include:

U.S. Co-director: Dr. Eugene Stakhiv, Chief of Policy and Special Studies at
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources, Fort
Belvoir, Virginia

Canadian Co-director: Mr. Doug Cuthbert, Water Issues Division Manager,
Environment Canada, Burlington, Ontario

Mr. John P. Cahill, Commissioner of the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation, Albany, New York

Mr. André Carpentier, Hydrology and Hydraulics Directorate, Quebec Ministry
of the Environment, Ste.-Foy, Quebec

Ms. Lynn Cleary, Director of the Biosphere, Environment Canada, Montreal,
Quebec

Mr. Ian Crawford, Manager, Water Power Projects, Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources, Peterborough, Ontario

Mr. Dalton Foster, Biochemist and Technical Advisor, International Water
Levels Coalition, Massena, New York. Mr. Foster will also serve as the U.S.
co-chair of the Public Interest Advisory Group that will advise the Study
Board.

Mr. F. Henry Lickers, Director, Environmental Division, Mohawk Council of
Akwesasne, Cornwall, Ontario

Dr. Daniel P. Loucks, Professor, School of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Dr. Frank Quinn, Senior Research Hydrologist, Great Lakes Environmental
Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ann
Arbor, Michigan

Dr. Frank Sciremammano, Jr., Professor of mechanical engineering, Rochester
Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

To assist the Study Board with its work, the IJC appointed two study
managers, Mr. Ed Eryuzlu, civil engineer, Ottawa, Ontario, and Dr. Anthony
Eberhardt, civil engineer, Buffalo, New York.

Mr. Cahill will be assisted in his role as Study Board member by Ms. Sandra
LeBarron, Region 6 Director New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation, Watertown, New York.

The IJC directed the Study Board to carry out its work independent of the
work of the International St. Lawrence River Board of Control, which is
responsible for overseeing the regulation of the outflows from Lake Ontario.

It has been nearly 50 years since a comprehensive assessment was performed
of water levels and flows regulation in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River
system. In April 1999, the IJC informed the two governments that it was
becoming increasingly urgent to review the regulation of Lake Ontario
outflows in view of dissatisfaction, on the part of some interests, with the
working of that system and in light of environmental concerns and climate
change issues. However, the IJC recognizes that the study may not resolve
all the issues or result in significant additional benefits for any interest
group. 

The International Joint Commission was created under the Boundary Waters
Treaty of 1909 to help prevent and resolve disputes over the use of waters
along the Canada-United States boundary. Its responsibilities include
approving certain projects that would change the natural levels and flows of
boundary waters, such as the international hydropower project at Massena,
New York and Cornwall, Ontario. If it approves a project, the IJC's Orders
of Approval may require that the flows and water levels resulting from the
project meet certain conditions to protect the interests in both countries.

For more information, including the full text of the IJC directive to the
Study Board, visit the IJC's web site at www.ijc.org. 

Contacts:
Fabien Lengellé  Ottawa ON  613.995.0088
Frank Bevacqua  Washington, DC  202.736.9024


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