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GLIN==> Lake Levels Study Announces Public Meeting in Ohio

Lake Levels Study Announces Public Meeting in Ohio


Text Box: WHO:  	International Upper Great Lakes Study
WHERE:   	University of Toledo – Lake Erie Center 	(Room 155)
	6200 Bayshore Rd., Oregon, Ohio
WHEN:  	Wednesday, November 19, 2009
	7 pm to 9 pm
WHAT:  	Public meeting on water levels in the 	Upper Great Lakes and the impacts of 	changing levels on the ecosystem
WHY:	Public input is critical to the development 	of potential recommendations

The International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS) will be holding a public meeting at the University of Toledo, Lake Erie Center, from 7 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008.  Residents who are interested in and concerned about Great Lakes water levels are urged to attend and to share personal examples of the impact of changing water levels. 


The initial focus of IUGLS is whether possible physical changes in the St. Clair River and other factors are contributing to changes in the relative levels of Lake Erie and Lake Huron


At the meetings, experts from this binational study of water levels in the Upper Great Lakes will present the latest scientific work 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.


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, ecosystems, 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 calling John Nevin at 202-256-1368.