As part of the ongoing Rainy-Namakan Lakes Rule Curves Review, the Rainy and Namakan Lakes Rule Curves Study Board will hold a public information meeting tomorrow (Nov. 2) from 7-9 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library.
As well, a practice decision workshop will be held with the public advisory group, which is open to the interested public and the media during the day tomorrow at the Rainy River Community College in International Falls.
The study board will be making recommendations to the International Joint Commission (IJC) answering two questions:
•Did the 2000 rule curves do what they were supposed to do?; and
•Are there better ways to regulate these lake levels?
The workshop will run from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
The study board will present a draft version of its Weight of Evidence Matrix, and will review two or three alternatives to the 2000 rule curves, using the Shared Vision Model and Integrated Ecological Response Model to assess impacts.
After lunch, there will be a facilitated open discussion.
The study board will present trial recommendations, then all participants will break into smaller groups to discuss the merits and demerits of the trial recommendations.
When reconvened, each group will present its thoughts to the full board for their further consideration.
The study board will use all of this to make a draft decision in the next month or two, and another workshop will be held to open the draft decision to discussion and improvement.
This is practice for the real recommendations, which the study board will make in early 2017.
For those who cannot join the workshop live and in person (or for the full day), the board will post a video and summary of the proceedings to its website.