Lake Levels Study
Announces Public Meeting in Ohio
The International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS) will be holding a
public meeting at the University of Toledo, Lake
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.