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Monday, July 2, 2012

Public Hearings on Upper Great Lakes Water Levels

The International Joint Commission invites all members of the public to Public Hearings on the Lake Superior Regulation: Addressing Uncertainty in Upper Great Lakes Water Levels. The hearings will take place at the following times and locations:
(Note: Video conference technology will be used to link the hearings scheduled from July 9 – 12 and to allow the participation of some commissioners and IJC staff from other locations)
Monday, July 9
Sarnia, ON
7:00 pm EDT
Lambton College
Room A223
1457 London Rd.
Thunder Bay, ON
7:00 pm EDT
Lakehead University,
ATAC Room 1001
955 Oliver Road
Tuesday, July 10
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
7:00 pm EDT
The Grosse Pointe War Memorial
Activity Room
32 Lakeshore Drive
Duluth, MN
6:00 pm CDT
Labovitz School of Business & Economics
1318 Kirby Dr.
Wednesday, July 11
Port Clinton, OH
7:00 pm EDT
Sutton Center
1848 E. Perry St
Fish Creek, WI
6:00 pm CDT
Door Community Auditorium
3926 Wisconsin 42
Thursday, July 12
Holland, MI
7:00 pm EDT
Doubletree Hotel
650 East 24th Street
Milwaukee, WI
6:00 pm CDT
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Great Lakes Water Institute
600 E. Greenfield Ave.
Saturday, July 14
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
2:00 pm EDT
Algoma University
Great West Life Theatre,
1520 Queen Street East
Sunday, July 15
Little Current, ON
2:00 pm EDT
Northeast Manitoulin and the Islands Recreation Center
9001 Hwy-6 S
Monday, July 16
Parry Sound, ON
1:00 pm EDT
Bobby Orr Community Centre
7-17 Marry Street
Midland, ON
7:00 pm EDT
North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre
527 Len Self Boulevard
Tuesday, July 17
Collingwood, ON
1:00 pm EDT
Cranberry Resort
19 Keith Ave, RR#4
Written comments to the IJC may be submitted online or to either addresses below by August 31, 2012:
U. S. Section SecretaryCanadian Section Secretary
International Joint Commission
2000 L Street, NW
Suite 615
Washington, DC 20440
Fax: 202-631-2007
International Joint Commission
234 Laurier Avenue West
22nd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 6K6
Fax: 613-993-5583
Lake levels have been falling for several years.  The Rogers City Marina had over 9 feet of depth, now it is about 8 feet.  If the water level continues to fall across the Great Lakes, millions of dollars of public facilities will become unuseable due to shallow water. Dredging is not an option for many small boat harbors due to cost and/or rock bottoms.
These public hearings are important for boaters, sport fishing, commercial fishing, property owners and anyone who cares about the Great Lakes.  If you are unable to attend one of the hearings, please take a few minutes and write the Internation Joint Commission and express your concerns. 
Thank you.

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