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Worried about Great Lakes water levels? Note local meeting

Tuesday, July 10, 2012   by: Staff

The International Joint Commission invites all members of the public to hearings on the "Lake Superior Regulation: Addressing Uncertainty in Upper Great Lakes Water Levels" (click here).

A series of meetings began today in Sarnia.

Upcoming sessions in country are as follows:

Saturday, July 14 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON

2 p.m. EDT
Algoma University
Great West Life Theatre,
1520 Queen Street East

Sunday, July 15 - Little Current, ON

2 p.m. EDT
Northeast Manitoulin and the Islands Recreation Center
9001 Hwy-6 S

Videoconferencing is being used used to link the hearings scheduled from July 9-12 and to allow the participation of some commissioners and IJC staff from other locations.

Click here for a copy of the hearings procedures.

According to the commission's website, "Canada and the United States created the International Joint Commission because they recognized that each country is affected by the other's actions in lake and river systems along the border. The two countries cooperate to manage these waters wisely and to protect them for the benefit of today's citizens and future generations."

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Hohmann 7/10/2012 6:48:14 AM Report

I only ever hear two extremes with this issue:

(1) That this is a natural Great Lakes water cycle that's been happening for centuries regardless of world population, industrialization, and corporate disregard for environment.

(2) Some country is stealing the water, selling it to Nestle, who is in turn selling it back to us.

I would love to hear some reasonable theories and action plans regarding this issue.
scraphappymom 7/10/2012 7:17:40 AM Report

the people of north americaa should be concerned. When you see one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world rapidly declining at a rate that far exceeds any natural water cycle. the biggest problem is us. We are taking far more than the hydrological cycle can replenish. we are the monster under the bed that everybody should be afraid of.
beemop 7/10/2012 8:05:49 AM Report
kmw 7/10/2012 8:21:36 AM Report

Rumors are that our neighbors to the south of us have the flood gates open on lake Michigan towards the Mississippi in turn draining out of lake superior, when's the last time anyone heard of a barge running aground in the mississippi, not since the early nineties
derek 7/10/2012 9:48:10 AM Report

All kind of water in Inland lakes that drain to Superior....there alll full!!!

Thunder bay floods...

oh where or where has our water gone???

you decide...
derek 7/10/2012 9:51:01 AM Report

Time to wake up folks...
GoulaisMa*Pa 7/10/2012 9:52:44 AM Report

Some information is available on the website of the International Upper Great Lakes Study
The summary report to the International Joint Commission, March 2012
derek 7/10/2012 9:56:28 AM Report

Great Lakes Activist Dave Dempsey

Dempsey: "Almost 20 percent of the world's fresh water is right in the Great Lakes. Whoever controls it is gonna control a lot of our world's economy...There was a company called the Nova Group, that in 1998 got a permit to take 50 freighters worth of water out of Lake Superior. There's this huge public outcry...And so, the politicians said well, we're gonna craft an agreement that will make sure this never happens again. It turns out that the agreement doesn't deal with shipping water. The only difference between now and 1998 is you have to put it in a bottle. Then you can put it in a ship in whatever quantity you want and take it out..."
tcowen 7/10/2012 10:33:37 AM Report

By executive order, the US has already claimed jurisdiction over the Great Lakes.. whenever they add the word International to the lip-service from Ottawa & City Hall we hear a giant sucking sound in our backyard.

This meeting is again just lip-service lending to the illusion of transparency.

David O' and Brian Hayes will smile and pander to the only planted "media" outlet in the room.. they'll hand out a few government pennies to the University and mayor Debbie being the diligent "Agency Girl" will thank them all for screwing us in such a timely fashion.

They have no intentions of discovering where our water is going, they already know.. their intentions are to provide a simulated public forum, controlled opposition & plausible deniability.

Damage control, follow the money.. the most profitable scenario is what's draining the Great Lakes & much like their own Lake Meade ours too will soon be nothing more then a giant mud-puddle by the time they're finished "investigating".
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