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Buffalo selected for a Great Lakes hearing

The International Joint Commission wants to hear what Buffalo residents think of efforts to improve the Great Lakes.

The organization will hold a round table discussion and a public meeting March 28 at the WNED-WBFO studios at 140 Lower Terrace, the headquarters of Great Lakes Today.

The commission, comprised of commissioners from the United States and Canada, has two main responsibilities: regulating shared water uses and investigating transboundary issues and recommending solutions.

The round table discussion will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. public meeting.

Local experts will make presentations on relevant Great Lakes issues.

The commission will use information gained at the public meeting to finalize its draft assessment report about Great Lakes water quality.

It released its Great Lakes Progress Report last fall.

Comments can be shared by letter or online until April 15.

"These meetings are a key part of the IJC's assessment process," said Lana Pollack, the IJC's U.S. chairwoman. "We want to hear what people think about the government's progress report and IJC's draft assessment of progress and how they would like to see their governments address the Great Lakes water quality issues that residents care about the most."

Registration for the Buffalo meeting is being accepted by the IJC here: Public Meeting on the Great Lakes Your Voice: Buffalo.


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