International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence
River Study Board
Meeting in Ogdensburg, New York
September 19, 2002 (1000 - 1730) and September 20, 2002 (0800
SUMMARY OF MEETING
Board members in attendance were: Eugene Stakhiv; Doug Cuthbert;
Frank Sciremammano; Andre Carpentier; Pete Loucks; Sandy LeBarron;
Ian Crawford; Marcel Lussier; Henry Lickers; and Jim Snyder
along with Study Managers Tony Eberhardt and Ed Eryuzlu. Others
in attendance for all or part of the meetings were: Elaine
Kennedy; Dan Barletta; Scott Tripoli; Anjuna Langevin (alternate
to Ivan Lantz); Stephanie Weiss; Al Will; Sandra Lawn; Paul
Webb; John Osinski; Michel Gagne; Henry Stewart; Max Streibel;
Jack Manno; Bill Werick; Mark Lorie; Wendy Leger; Roger Gauthier;
Ian Gillespie; Joe Atkinson; Rob Read; David Fay; Ralph Moulton;
Tom Bender; Jon Brown; Tommy Brown; Roger Haberly; John Ching;
Tom McAuley; Russ Trowbridge; Amanda Morelli; Arleen Kreusch;
Commissioner Dennis Schornack; Commissioner Herb Gray; Murray
Clamen; Fabien Lengellé and Frank Bevacqua.
Thursday, September 19 (1000 to 1200): Joint Board/ PIAG
1. Introductions - New Members:
- Dan Barletta and Elaine Kennedy were introduced as interim
U.S. and Canadian PIAG leads, respectively.
- Marcel Lussier was introduced as the new Canadian lead
effective October 1, 2002.
- Scott Tripoli was introduced as a new U.S. PIAG member
and Anjuna Langevin was introduced as an alternate to Canadian
PIAG member Ivan Lantz.
- Jim Snyder was introduced as a new U.S. Board member replacing
2. Discussion between PIAG and Board regarding issues raised
during the September 18 PIAG meeting:
- Ed and Tony should ensure that PIAG liaison are aware
of TWG meetings.
- Tony to assist PIAG with the hiring of a group like the
Human Dimensions Research Unit of Cornell University to
compile and analyse data from surveys (like those conducted
for rec. boating, PIAG and development of the IS curves).
This will be an activity of the Common Data Needs/ Information
- Arleen will pursue through Syracuse University the possibility
of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications assisting
PIAG through course participation formulating alternative
- Bill Werick will formulate a simplified Shared Vision
Model (SVM) easily understood by non-technical audiences.
More technical information would be available upon request.
- A team consisting of Gene, Doug, Tony, Ed, Marcel and
his U.S. counterpart, Arleen and her Canadian counterpart,
Russ, Tom McAuley, Fabien and Frank Bevacqua will develop
a communications strategy for years 3 through 5.
- All agreed that a group handling the specific communication
activities was important, but a statement of purpose should
be developed. Those identified in item 2 (e) above will
draft a statement with input from all participants.
Thursday, September 19 (1300 to 1730) and Friday, September
20 (0800 to 1300): Board Meeting
1. Agenda approval: The agenda was approved with a
minor shifting of items.
2. Review of action items from St. Catharines Board Meeting
and June 20 and September 4 Conference Calls:
- Regarding awards, Ian and Sandy will draft a proposal
to the IJC regarding recognition for participation and/
- Administrative support was moved to the TWG update part
of the agenda and discussed on a case-by-case basis.
- Unresolved issues:
- Water quality issues are being addressed for the lower
St. Lawrence River by the Environmental TWG. Joe will
look into WQ issues on Lake Ontario, such as algae and
other concerns related to municipalities as mentioned
- Each TWG should address the issue of future development
in terms of sensitivity analyses.
- Propeller vibrations in the vicinity of Akwesasne:
Henry Lickers will identify problem areas. Roger Haberly
will look at these sites and during what times problems
occur, although problems may be related to ship operations
rather than water levels.
- The H&H and Environmental TWGs will address the
issues related to peaking and ponding. They will also
assess water temperatures as they relate to ice formation
- Communication plans:
- Andre and Frank Sciremammano will provide liaison
to the St. Lawrence River Board of Control.
- PIAG will conduct a survey at the evening's public
meeting regarding the preferred medium for information
(e.g., brochures, newsletters, CDs, videos, etc.)
- Regarding annual reports, the Board recommended that
Study reports (like the Year 1 Report) would be developed
at the end of Year 3 and 5.
3. Budget Update: Tony and Ed gave status reports
on funding by activity. They will provide summaries of obligations
and expenditures to the Board.
4. Updates from TWGs: Each of the TWGs was directed
to work with PFEG in the development of Performance Indicators.
During the TWG updates, it was determined that a number of
TWGs are developing "Black Box" models that do not
allow evaluation in the approved manner directed by the Board
and incorporation into the Shared Vision Model.
- Paul King-Fisher, Andre Plante, Mark Lorie and Debbie
Lee are proposed new members of the group.
- Membership of the Economic Advisory Group is almost
- The PFEG will assess alternatives in terms of existing
and proposed criteria.
- Rob Read will be a coordinator, but not Canadian lead
of the TWG.
- A letter will be sent from the IJC to Environment
Canada and the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources
regarding a replacement for Christiane Hudon.
- Recreational Boating:
- Serge St-Martin was accepted as the new Canadian lead.
- The TWG proposal for Year 3 U.S. funding for a Boater
Survey and Marina Survey for an amount totalling $144K
US was approved in principal, pending the availability
of U.S. funds. The issue and other Rec Boating Year
3 requests totalling an additional $70K US will be discussed
again at the next Board meeting.
- Coastal: U.S. work for Year 2 is on schedule with
95% of funding obligated. Ralph will report on how Year
4 work will be undertaken, prior to the November Board meeting
since Coastal TWG work was scheduled to end after Year 3
in the Plan of Study.
- Commercial Navigation: Three contracts are being
let in Canada regarding data assessment and the development
of a common data file for assessment.
- Hydro: Ian Crawford, Andre and Henry Lickers will
develop terms of reference to hire a consultant to assist
this group with the development of performance indicators.
- Water Uses: Results from the phase 1 report by
Planning and Management Consultants, Limited should be made
available to the Board prior to distribution to the public.
- H&H: A workshop on water level forecasting
techniques as they relate to a regulation plan alternatives
will be held in Toronto in mid-October.
- Common Data Needs
- The group will become the Information Technology (IT)
- All metadata must be bilingual.
- Each TWG must send a representative to a workshop
in Burlington on meta-data being held September 25-26,
- The Board will decide at its November meeting which
of the Group's options to approve.
- PFEG: At the November meeting, PFEG will address
the issue of criteria review. Mark Lorie will interview
the Board about criteria.
All: Each TWG was asked to provide regularly updated
lists or bibliographies of completed work, reports and surveys
either directly or through the GMs to all Board members,
PIAG members and TWG leads.
- PFEG and the General Managers were asked to list substantive
decisions and agreements made as the study progresses
in order to build up a bibliography and basis of our work
and eventual recommendations.
5. Review of presentation and logistics/ protocol for
evening public meeting: (summarized).
6. Information Management Strategy: covered during
7. Discussions regarding the September 19, 2002 public
- The Board decided that future public meetings would be
separate from the Control Board, but dates and locations
would be co-ordinated.
- Bill Werick and Elaine will summarise feelings expressed
by participants of the meeting.
- Andre and Frank Sciremammano will provide information
on how the Control Board ftp site can be accessed.
8. Institutional Structure: Ed and Tony will distribute
the Board's letter to the IJC.
9. Semi-annual Progress Report: Ed will finalise and
distribute to the IJC on September 23, 2002.
10. Discussion regarding PFEG initiatives: (A brief
presentation was given leading to the revelation that some
TWGs were preparing to evaluate alternatives rather than provide
input to the Shared Vision Model.)
- Each TWG will provide simplified relationships in terms
of Performance Indicators to the PFEG to fully integrate
their work with the Shared Vision Model process.
11. Future Study Planning and Budget: (deferred to
the November Board meeting).
12. Other business: (Canadian Rec. Boating and Environmental
TWG leads were discussed and addressed under earlier items).
13. Future meetings:
- October 30, 2002: PIAG workshop/ public meeting in Belleville,
Ontario - Ian Crawford and Doug Cuthbert to represent the
Board. U.S. Board attendance required.
- November 12-15, 2002: Board/ PIAG/ TWG Workshop in Buffalo,
New York - Tony in charge of logistics
- November timeframe: PIAG workshop/ public meeting in Trois-Rivières,
Quebec - Andre and Marcel to represent the Board. U.S. Board
- January 22-23, 2003: Board meeting to discuss Year 3 work
plans in Toronto, Ontario.
- March 2003: Board meeting in NY location.
Submitted by Tony Eberhardt and Ed Eryuzlu,10/11/02.