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Shen Appointed To International Work Group On Lake Ontario And St. Lawrence River

Hung Tao Shen of Potsdam, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University, has been appointed to the Hydraulics and Hydrologic Modeling Technical Work Group of the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study Board.

Members of the technical work group and the study board come from the U.S. and Canada. The technical work group’s responsibilities will include developing simulations of water levels and flows of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system, evaluating the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River regulation plans, and assessing the practicality of proposed criteria. The work group will also assess the hydrologic impacts of regulation plans on a variety of interests, such as environment, recreation and commerce.
“The committee is composed of people who are knowledgeable about, or are interested in, the regulation of the water levels on the St. Lawrence River,” said Shen. “We at Clarkson have been studying the St. Lawrence River for a long time, and it is an honor to be asked to contribute to this project.”

Shen said that the group’s studies will take place over five years, after which a final report will be submitted.

Congressman John McHugh recommended that Shen be included in the technical work group. “Hung Tao Shen is a leading researcher in river hydraulics, and the expertise he brings to this work group will assist its progress,” said McHugh. “I am pleased by Dr. Shen’s willingness to contribute to projects which are important to the environmental sustainability and economic vitality of New York State.”

Shen’s research interests include ice processes in rivers and oceans, transport of pollutants in surface waters, oil and chemical spill modeling and river hydraulics. He recently received both the 2000 Harold R. Peyton Award for Cold Regions Engineering and the 2000 CAN-AM Civil Engineering Amity Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been on the faculty of Clarkson since 1976.

The International Joint Commission was formed as a result of the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty between the United States and Canada. The commission has set up 20 boards to help carry out its duties, including the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study Board, which was created in December 2000.

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