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IJC to add municipal reps to board controlling Lake Ontario outflows

The International Joint Commission announced Wednesday that it plans to choose someone to represent municipalities for the board that controls the rate of water flows out of the lake. The representative would be from somewhere along Lake Ontario's New York State shoreline.

A Canadian municipal representative also will be selected for the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board, IJC spokesman Kevin Bunch said. The choices may be announced in the next couple of months, he said.

Their role would be "to document the human and social impacts of recent flooding," the IJC statement said.

That would increase the lake-river board's membership to 14, all chosen by the IJC, the U.S.-Canadian agency that handles all Great Lakes issues.

In May, the Senate confirmed President Trump's all-new slate of American members, including Jane L. Corwin of Clarence as chairwoman. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also sent an all-new delegation to the IJC in May. Bunch said the new IJC members mutually decided to seek municipal appointees.

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