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February 27, 2013

Richelieu River flooding study eyed

BURLINGTON —  In response to spring 2011 flooding, Canada and the United States have requested that the International Joint Commission develop a study that would examine the causes and impacts of flooding in the Richelieu River and Lake Champlain Watershed.

The study would also examine the full range of measures to prepare for, prevent and mitigate such impacts.

Over the past few months, the International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Work Group has developed a draft plan that identifies the studies necessary to allow an evaluation of the causes and impacts of that flooding, as well as the studies necessary to develop appropriate mitigation solutions and recommendations.

A copy of the draft plan can be found at: http://www.ijc.org/champlainrichelieuplan.

The Work Group invites members of the public to attend meetings on the draft Plan of Study for the Identification of Measures to Mitigate Flooding and the Impacts of Flooding in the Richelieu River and Lake Champlain Watershed.

The meetings will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the community room at ECHO Lake Aquarium, 1 College St., Burlington, Vt., and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Hotel Relais Gouverneur, Lennox room, 725 Boulevard du Séminaire Nord, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. French interpretation will be provided at the meeting in Canada.

Each session will provide an overview of the report, followed by an opportunity for comments from the audience.

Written comments may be submitted at the public meetings, through the Work Group website or to: Stephanie Castle, U.S. co-secretary, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT 05482, email scastle@lcbp.org; or to Madeleine Papineau, U.S. Canada co-secretary, 801-1550 D’Estimauville Ave., Quebec, G1J 0C3, Canada, email madeleine.papineau@ec.gc.ca.

Comments received by March 18 will assist the Work Group in developing the final plan of study that will be submitted to the International Joint Commission by the end of the month.

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