River institute head named co-chair of science committee

By: www.cornwallseawaynews.com
CORNWALL, Ontario – The head of the St. Lawrence River Institute has been named co-chair of a science committee that will further examine the waterway’s quality.

Dr. Jeff Ridal has been officially named Canadian co-chair of the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) science priority committee.

Ridal joins four other local scientists including Henry Lickers, environmental science officer with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. Matthew Thompson, environmental resource co-ordinator from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and Clarkson University biologist Dr. Michael R. Twiss.

“I am looking forward to having this unique opportunity to work with dedicated scientists for the benefit of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River in this new role,” said Ridal.

The IJC is a joint U.S.-Canada organization that has spent more than a century protecting the shared waters of Canada, United States and First Nation communities throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River systems.