The second option, a five-year study at $11 million, includes measures from the first but is more detailed in addressing the impact to important resources in the watershed, such as wetlands and use of recreation.
The final option, which the study group is recommending, includes all aspects of the first two and expands on the possibilities for increased flooding conditions.
“What’s important to point out is that flooding is not just a case of a lot things getting wet,” said Howland, who believes the third option offers the most comprehensive approach to the problem.
“On the way to the lake, storm waters pick up huge amounts of nutrients and sediments. We really need to look at ways to reduce the impact of flooding from many different levels.”
PAYING FOR IT
The International Joint Commission’s recommendation will now be forwarded to the offices of President Barack Obama and the prime minister of Canada, where decisions will be made on whether to include the needed funding in the respective countries’ budgets for 2014.
The International Joint Commission previously studied the regulation of Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, in reports released in 1937 and 1981.
The commission was established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help the United States and Canada prevent and resolve disputes over the use of waters the two countries share, including projects that affect the natural levels and flows of boundary waters.
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READ THE REPORT
To review the report released by the International Joint Commission, go to http://tinyurl.com/pzygat5.