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GLIN==> International Upper Great Lakes Study Announces Public Meetings



International Upper Great Lakes Study Announces Public Meetings in Bay City, Port Huron and Muskegon

 

Monday, April 28, 2008 -- 7 pm to 9 pm

City Hall, Bay City

301 Washington Ave
Bay City, Michigan

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008 -- 7 pm to 9 pm

Great Lakes Maritime Center

51 Water Street

Port Huron, Michigan

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Saturday, May 3, 2008 -- 10 am to 12 noon

Lake Michigan Center, Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute

740 West Shoreline Drive

Muskegon, Michigan

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Public advisors to a binational study of Great Lakes water levels announced today that three public meetings will be held in Michigan this spring.  At these meetings, experts from the International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS) will present the latest scientific findings and provide current information about water levels.  They will also briefly outline the structure and purpose of the Study and review a history of water level regulation in the Great Lakes.  The presentation will stress the importance of public input to the Study process and the need for interested individuals and organizations from throughout the basin to participate.  Attendees will have an extensive opportunity to present their views and ask questions.

 

The initial focus of IUGLS is whether possible physical changes in the St. Clair River are contributing to near record low levels in the upper Great Lakes.  More broadly, the Study is examining whether regulation of outflows from Lake Superior might be improved to take into consideration changing climate and evolving interests of property owners, the environment, local governments, the shipping sector, and the recreation/tourism industry.  IUGLS was launched by the International Joint Commission of the U.S. and Canada in March of 2007.  While the overall project has a five year timeline, a final report regarding the St. Clair River question is due in June of 2009.

 

More information is available at www.iugls.org or by contacting John Nevin at 202-256-1368.