Exploring Life on and Around Lake Champlain
The International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Plan of Study Workgroup is nearing completion of a revised version of its plan of study for flood mitigation strategies in the Champlain-Richelieu Valley. In May 2012, the International Joint Commission (IJC) appointed the workgroup to identify specific studies that are necessary to evaluate the causes and impacts of the spring 2011 flooding and to develop appropriate mitigation solutions and recommendations.
The group received valuable input on its draft plan during two public meetings last August and visited sites in Vermont, New York, and Québec that were affected by the floods of 2011. The workgroup presented a preliminary plan of study to IJC commissioners in Ottawa, Ontario in November. After receiving feedback, the workgroup revised the plan and will release it for public review in late February 2013.
Public meetings to discuss the revised plan of study are scheduled tentatively for the evenings of Monday, March 11 in Burlington, VT and Tuesday, March 12 in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. More information will follow once the locations are confirmed. The plan of study will be finalized pending acceptance by the IJC in May 2013. For more information, please contact Stephanie Castle, U.S. Co-secretary for the workgroup at firstname.lastname@example.org or(802) 372-3213, or go the Plan of Study Workgroup website.