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Congressional leaders and staff from both the House and
Senate were briefed recently by members of the International Upper Great Lakes
Study Board. The binational, independent study is examining whether possible
physical changes in the St. Clair River may be a cause of low water levels and
whether the management of outflows from
Key items for discussion were the recent decision to
expedite the study to produce a report a year ahead of schedule, the extensive
work that is already underway on the St. Clair River, the plans for broad
outreach to include the public, and the limitations on the mandate of the study
to address the question of immediate mitigation. The Study Board also stressed
the importance of both the
“We were encouraged by their receptiveness to our
focus on sound science and appreciate their offers of help to further the aims
of the study,” said Dr.
“In particular, I was impressed that Rep. Candice Miller stressed the importance of taking the time to get the science right and the need to engage the public before any action is taken,” said Kay Felt, Study Board member and U.S co-chair of the study’s Public Interest Advisory Group.
The briefing also included a look at preliminary findings of the study, including videography of the St. Clair River bed, showing there does not appear to be ongoing erosion in the videographed areas.