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3 new members of the International Joint Commission confirmed

3 new members of the International Joint Commission confirmed

May 16, 2019 05:23 PM

(WHEC) -- Three new members of the International Joint Commission were confirmed Thursday. 

The IJC plays a pivotal role in setting Lake Ontario's water levels. 

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The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Jane L. Corwin as the next U.S. chairwoman and Robert C. Sisson and Lance V. Yohe as commissioners. 

Sen. Schumer says with water levels nearing 2017's historic lake flooding, ensuring the IJC is full-staffed could not be more important.

Read below for Sen. Schumer's full statement:

"With Lake Ontario's high water levels continuing to rise and a repeat of 2017's historic Lake Ontario flooding looking more possible by the day, ensuring that the International Joint Commission—which plays a paramount role in setting Lake Ontario's water levels—is fully staffed and fully functional couldn't be more important. The filling of all three U.S. seats on the IJC is a major step in the right direction and will help prepare New York State for the absolute worst. I was proud to support the confirmation of these nominees to the IJC and look forward to working in lockstep with them to shield Lake Ontario communities from more devastating flooding. I now urge Canada to now do its part to nominate and pass the Canadian IJC members so the Commission can meet a quorum." 

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