Great Lakes Levels: Toward Systematic Decision Making

by Leonard Shabman, Virginia Tech, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Critical Water Issues and Computer Applications


The International Joint Commission (IJC) has authority given by the governments of Canada and the United States to use existing works to regulate the lakes system according to agreed-to operational rules. In response to continuing concerns the governments of the U.S. and Canada in August, 1986, requested that the IJC study lake management options paying particular attention to remedying the perceived deficiencies of past studies. This recently initiated study can provide analytical support for continuing bi-national negotiation over management of Great Lakes Water Levels. Elements of the study scope are discussed.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Decision making | Government | Water resources | Water level | Joints | Water supply systems | Negotiation | Great Lakes | Canada

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