International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence
River Study Board
Board Meeting, St. Catharines, Ontario
May 9 and 10, 2002
Those present at all or part of the two-day meeting were:
Rob Read, Roger Gauthier, Steven Renzetti, Tom Bender, Jonathan
Brown, Ralph Moulton, Fred Parkinson, Sandra LeBarron, Ian
Crawford, Wendy Leger, Ed Eryuzlu, Tony Eberhardt, Gene Stakhiv,
Doug Cuthbert, Roger Haberly, Amanda Morelli, Arleen Kreusch,
Marie-Claude Pitre, Andre Carpentier, Russ Trowbridge, Tom
McAuley, Commissioner Herb Gray, Murray Clamen, David Fay,
Lisa Bourget and Dalton Foster.
Commissioner Gray provided brief remarks to the group concerning
retention of experts and the desire to see the Year 1 Report.
He indicated that
- Most PIAG members have agreed to continue
- Expects to have PIAG Lead issues resolved in June
May 9, 2002
1. Agenda was approved.
2. Board Briefing on IJC Appearances
- The IJC agreed with the recommendation that the fall public
meeting be a joint Study/Control Board meeting;
- The Commissioners requested that the Board develop a Public
Information Plan for making the first year report public;
they also wish to see the report before it is final/public;
- The IJC suggested that the Board consider how the good
efforts of individuals supporting the Study can be recognized
(examples suggested: awards, honorarium). Sandra and Ian
volunteered to propose some ideas to the Board.
- Tony & Ed will review:
- Divergences from the POS;
- Where there are pressures to divert $’s within the POS
- Where there is need to adjust the POS total estimates.
3. Study Team Membership
a. Board: No replacement yet for Shawn Martin.
- No replacement for Fred. Members who have ideas/suggestions
may contact the IJC Secretary directly, with copies to the
- Dalton’s resignation has not been withdrawn and is still
- Potential PIAG vacancies: Sally Sessler, Eban James, and
- IJC staff members at the meeting advised that the total
PIAG should not exceed 22.
- 18-month appointment best.
- Role of PIAG has to be re-examined compared to POS. IJC
advisors, PIAG co-chairs and Ed and Tony to consider how
to accomplish this.
- Wendy is new Canadian PFEG Lead.
- Ian Gillespie is new Canadian Common Data Needs Group
- Marie-Claude Pitre is new Canadian member of Rec. Boating
- Rob Read is temporarily supporting the Canadian Environmental
TWG until a Canadian lead and dedicated staff support are
- Each TWG should review the level of support required to
deliver their mandate and convey this to Ed and Tony.
- The Board requested that a review be made of the TWG-Environment
membership; inactive members to step aside; the size of
the group to remain about the same as the current.
- PFEG will be a formal TWG; Paul King-Fisher was accepted
as a new Canadian member. Additional U.S. members should
be included, possibly Paul Yu from Corps of Engineers, Buffalo
and a NY State representative. Sandra may suggest someone
from the US;
- Updated membership list will be sent to IJC. Murray confirmed
that the Commission does not have to approve the TWG memberships
but they take note of the Board’s appointments.
4. Communications Strategy
- The Board Communication Committee consists of Doug and
Gene; Ed and Tony; Amanda and Arleen; Dalton and Fred; Mike
- The Communication Strategy document was distributed. Comments
are to be sent to Arleen and Amanda.
- Three PIAG public meetings are being scheduled for: Sackets
Harbor in late July/ early August, Belleville in September
and Trois Rivieres in late October.
- Fred is making public presentations on May 21,22 and 27.
- The Communications Committee will work with Tom Brown
of Cornell on future surveys.
5. Information Management Strategy (Presentation by Wendy)
- The Board agreed that in the short term we will follow
the "data list" option at a estimated cost of
- Board agreed to support the portion of the work relating
to metadata costing $56,577. Wendy will provide clarification.
- Option will be developed adding the IJC Offices in Washington
and Ottawa as data custodians.
- IJC will examine/decide on the option of Commission offices
being the data and information custodian
- An update of the strategy will be covered at the September
Board meeting (included on agenda).
- Ed/Tony expect to complete/present MS Project tracking
in about six months
6. Climate Change (presentation by David)
- Board agreed that they would not support the development
of new Regional Climate Models
May 10, 2002
Doug suggested that items from Quebec City Meeting notes
- Ed to send copies of Peaking & Ponding Report (from
John Ching) to all Board members and TWG leads
- The Coastal TWG still has to consider how future development
should be handled
- Propeller vibration question still to be addressed by
- The water quality issue (who to perform) still has to
be addressed by Env. TWG
- TWG should inform Ed when meetings are scheduled so that
he can update information and provide to members.
- Andre mentioned that the March 13, 2002 meeting started
at 13:00 instead of 15:00
- Future agendas should include a list of decisions, which
the Board needs to make.
- Lisa mentioned that encapsulated minutes are to be provided
to the IJC within 45 days of the meeting (she provided an
IJC Policy Statement).
7. Baird Presentation on Flood and Erosion Prediction System
Pete Zazak gave a very extensive presentation on the model
being developed by Baird & Associates. Steve mentioned
that there appeared to be an imbalance between physical data
collection and economic evaluations. Pete agreed, but mentioned
that an economist had not yet been involved in their work.
David suggested that at some point, an Economics Subgroup
for the Study might need to be created. The Board response
was that this function was the responsibility of the PFEG.
8. Updates from TWG – none.
9. Year 1 Report
It was decided that the main report would be 20 to 25 pages
with the existing 109 page report to be an Appendix. Another
appendix could be the Year 1 Work Plans. There was a long
discussion regarding how extensively the findings of the institutional
report should be included in the Report. It was decided that
the report would be mentioned, but the findings required further
discussion by the Board and should be included as a future
meeting or conference call (June 20, 2002) agenda item.
The schedule for the report production is:
- Comments on existing report by May 17, 2002
- Summary Report (Findings) to Board by May 24, 2002
- Conference call on May 30, 2002 to discuss summary report
- Final report to IJC by June 7, 2002 prior to Executive
- Arleen and Amanda to make report ready for public after
review by IJC and they are to develop a one-page communications
10. Public Information Plan: (Covered under # 9, last bullet).
11. Next meeting and conference calls
Conference calls: May 30 and June 20
Meeting: Next face-to-face meeting will be September 19/
20 in Thousand Islands area.
12. Other Business: None
Prepared: Ed Eryuzlu and Tony Eberhardt
17 May 2002
Schedule and Board Meeting Agenda
St. Catharine, Ontario
May 8, 9, 10
Wednesday, May 8
- 8:00 am to noon: Meeting of the PIAG and PFEG
- 1:00 to 2:30 pm: Meeting of the PIAG with Comm.
Schornack & Gray
- 2:30 to 6:00 pm: PIAG business meeting
Thursday, May 9
- 8:00 am to 11:30: Meeting of the PIAG and TWG Leads
- 12:30 to 1:30 pm: Meeting of the Board with Comm. Schornack
- 1:30 to 5:00 pm: Board meeting Agenda
- Agenda Approval
- Board Briefing on IJC Appearance
- Study Team membership
- Communication Strategy
- Information Management (Presentation)
- Climate Change
- Board Briefing / Presentation
- Issues Requiring Board Decision/Approval
Friday, May 10
- 8:00 am to noon Board meeting (Cont.)
- TWG- Coastal: Activity Status report and Consultant
- Brief updates from other TWG's
- Year-1 Report
- Public Information Plan for Year-1 Report (Commission
- June Board Conference-call (Items / Issues)
- Other Business