International Joint Commission
Created in 1909, the International Joint Commission (IJC) assists the United States and Canadian governments in finding solutions to problems their shared waters, especially in relation to water levels and flows. In January and March of 2012, y, the IJC has sought public comments on two new regulation plans, respectively on the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence, and the Upper Great Lakes, for which the Cities Initiative has submitted memorandums.
About the regulation of water levels and flows of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, the Cities Initiative supports the principles of a global and holistic management that is balanced and environmentally friendly, but also mindful of the potential impact of variations on the well-being of shoreline communities and residents. Therefore, the Cities Initiative recommends, when such control plans are implemented, a transparent and consultative process involving shoreline municipalities as full partners in their integrated management. The Cities Initiative also supports the implementation of compensatory measures for affected communities.
IJC Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS)
Comments (Submitted August 31, 2012)
Plan BV7 – New Regulation of Levels and Flows in the Lake Ontario/St.Lawrence System
Comments (Submitted June 15, 2012)