Akwesasne water manager appointed to IJC board

In this Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 photo provided by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Water Resources Program Manager Tony David, seen here netting in a local watercourse, was appointed to the board of the International Joint Commission's board of control for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. (St. Regis Mohawk Tribe via Newswatch Group)

AKWESASNE, N.Y. — The manager of Akwesasne’s water resources will be part of the board overseeing water levels in the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.

Tony David has been appointed to the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) board of control for the next two years (through Jan. 31, 2019).

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe said David has been leading projects to improve water quality standards, fish populations and the environment over roughly 13 years.

The IJC board of control oversees water releases through the Moses-Saunders Dam in Cornwall, Ont. to make sure they comply with the IJC’s so-called Plan 2014.

Specifically to Akwesasne, the tribe has been working to negate environmental impact from water levels and fluctuations.

Tribal Chief Eric Thompson said David will prove to be a valuable asset to the board with his “ability to comprehend and translate the science behind environmental changes.”

David is also known for leading the project to decommission the Hogansburg Dam, which opened up the river to more fish habitat.

The board of control meets March 1, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.