Submitted by Greg McGillis <McGillisG@ottawa.ijc.org> --- Media advisory Water Levels Study - Press Conference and Public Meeting www.losl.org For Immediate Release Ottawa, July 28, 2004 - Environmental factors, recreational boating and tourism, coastal erosion and flooding, commercial navigation, water uses and power generation - these are the areas that are being studied for impacts by the long-range recommendations that will come from the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Study. The Study is in the middle of the fourth year of a five-year mandate to look at how the regulation of water levels can affect some of the most vital interests in the Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River system. They are also taking into account the forecasted effects of climate change. The Study's Public Interest Advisory Group (PIAG) is coming to communities in the next few weeks to provide an update on the progress of the Study and consult with interested individuals and groups on how changing water levels could affect communities that depend on the system. The first consultation will be in Akwesasne at the Akwesasne Mohawk School on School Road. The Study Board will report its findings to the International Joint Commission in 2005. What: Public consultation meeting When: August 12, 2004 News Conference: 4 pm Public Meeting: 7 pm Where: Akwesasne Mohawk School, Cornwall Island Who: Lake Ontario - Saint Lawrence Study Board Public Interest Advisory Group Why: To provide an update regarding the progress of the Study and to seek public input. - 30 - Contacts: Greg McGillis, Public Information Officer Ottawa, Ont. (613) 992-5727 Arleen Kreusch, Public Affairs Specialist Buffalo, NY (716) 879-4438 The Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study was set in motion in 2000 by the International Joint Commission to evaluate the Commission's Order of Approval used to regulate outflows from Lake Ontario through the St. Lawrence River. The Study is assessing the impacts of changing water levels on affected interests, including the environment, recreational boating and tourism, shoreline communities, commercial navigation, municipal and industrial water uses and hydropower. The Public Interest Advisory Group is a volunteer group appointed by the International Joint Commission to ensure effective communication between the public and the Study Team.
Media advisory summer consultationr6.doc