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Since August of 2015, the 2000 Rule Curves that are used to regulate water levels on Rainy and Namakan Lakes have been under review. The IJC International Rainy Namakan Lakes Rule Curves Study Board conducting the review will be holding a series of public meetings in the watershed to give updates on their progress to date and to gather feedback from the public. These meetings follow up on consultations held in September with stakeholders and ongoing input with the Rule Curve Public Advisory Group.

Tuesday July 26, 7:00pm Wednesday July 27, 7:00pm Thursday, July 28, 7:00pm
Rainy River, ON 
Recreation Centre
302 Broadway Ave, Rainy River, ON               
Rainy River Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung 
First Nations Interpretation Center,  
Shaw Road, Stratton, ON
Rainy Lake Nigigoonsiminikaaning (Red Gut) First  Nation Round House Meeting Hall
Trans-Canada Hwy, Fort Frances ON
48.710249, -92.944593
Kabetogama Lake, MN
Community Centre
9707 Gamma Rd.
International Falls, MN 
Rainy River Community College
1051 Hwy. 71, International Falls, MN                
Crane Lake, MN
Crane Lake Chapel
7399 Handberg Rd. Crane Lake, MN

Learn more about the International Rainy Namakan Lakes Rule Curves Study Group.

Read the IJC's Study Group's news release on the upcoming public meetings.

Save the date! An informational webinar about PBDEs in the Great Lakes will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11:00 EST. A recording of the webinar will be posted following the event. Register for the webinar here with meeting  
#556014928. For more information visit PBDE webinar

PBDE Chemicals in the Great Lakes from International Joint Commission on Vimeo.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control will host a booth at the Soo Locks Engineer's Weekend on Friday, June 24, 2016 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. 

This annual open house celebrates the engineers who built the Soo Locks along with the men and women of the past and present who maintain the Locks. People of all ages are invited to come explore the Soo Locks and avail themselves the rare opportunity to walk across the Lock walls.

Make sure to stop by and visit the Board's display, where staff will be happy to discuss Lake Superior regulation, and water levels and flows in the upper Great Lakes system.

For more information on the event please visit this website:

The 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference will take place in Niagara Falls, New York from June 15-17.


Great Lakes Fishery Commission 61st Annual Meeting
June 9-10, 2016
Ottawa, Ontario 

IAGLR Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Lana Pollack, Co-Chair of the International Joint Commission, will be a keynote speaker at the University Wisconsin-Madison during the Science, Policy & Water Summit. 

For more information on this event visit this webpage:

View the agenda of the event

Open to the public

Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at University of Windsor Katzman Lounge

Learn about the latest science on microplastics in the Great Lakes, local organizations tackling this issue, and how you can get involved

Sponsored by the International Joint Commission and Unifor Windsor Regional Environmental Council

Read more about microplastics

Microplastics Workshop, April 26 2016

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Meetings of the IJC and its Boards are not open to the public.  Minutes of these meetings are however available on our website.

Open to the public - For those not able to attend, the event will be broadcast via Periscope. Check the IJC’s Twitter feed @IJCsharedwaters

Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 815 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Hear the results from one of the largest-ever public opinion polls about the Great Lakes

Hosted by the International Joint Commission's Great Lakes Water Quality Board

Download the flyer

News Release



For those not able to attend, the event will be broadcast via Periscope. Check the IJC’s Twitter feed @IJCsharedwaters


19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species
April 10-14, 2016
Winnipeg, MB 

The Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA) is hosting the 19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species that will be held at the Fort Garry Hotel, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, April 10-14, 2016. 

This conference series is widely considered the most comprehensive international forum on aquatic invasive species and continues to evolve to address new and emerging issues. 

Sessions and presentations include the review of accumulated scientific knowledge; presentation of the latest field research; introduction of new technological developments for prevention, monitoring and control; discussion of policy and legislation; and mechanisms to raise awareness with the general public through education and outreach initiatives.

In recent years the conference has typically involved over 400 participants from over 30 countries, representing academia, industry, government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders involved in the issues. Many are seeking opportunities for international cooperation and collaboration to address AIS issues from a global perspective.             


Upper Great Lakes Law and Policy Symposium: Managing Water Across Boundaries
March 24, 2016
Duluth, Minnesota

The Upper Great Lakes Law and Policy Symposium is being crafted to zero in on how relatively recent activities (i.e. the Great Lakes Compact and the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative) might serve as models for tackling other Great Lakes trans-boundary issues like climate, mining, crude oil/energy movement, and water levels.

2016 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum

March 9-10, 2016
Rainy River Community College International Falls, Minnesota

Overview: Professional symposium intended for researchers and resource managers working and/or interested in research and management activities related to the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed.

Themes:  Climate change impacts and adaptation measures, nutrients & water quality, algae, aquatic invasive species, remote sensing, modeling, paleolimnology, and fisheries, among others.
This years focus session is  "Climate 2050: What our lakes will be like", featuring keynote presentations from:

  • Dr Brian Cumming, Co-director of the Queens University Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL)
  • Drs Richard Kiesling and Erik Smith, USGS Minnesota Water Science Center - lead investigators in modeling climate effects on water quality and algal dynamics of Minnesota's Sentinel Lakes


2016 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference
March 2-3, 2016
University of Michigan
Dearborn, MI 

The Annual Meeting of the AOC community provides the opportunity to discuss the work done in the program and to connect with a wide variety of partners to continue making progress.



The 2016 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day in Washington will take place February 23-25, 2016. 

Great Lakes Commission Semiannual meeting 

Great Lakes Day 

Great Lakes Waterways Conference
February 9-10, 2016
Marriott Downtown at Key Center
Cleveland, Ohio

Join maritime industry leaders in the Great Lakes at the 2016 Great Lakes Waterways Conference as they come together to address the industry’s most pressing challenges while exploring its most exciting future opportunities. 

The 2016 Great Lakes Waterways Conference is the one maritime industry event that involves all segments of the maritime community in important deliberations and sessions aimed specifically at the Great Lakes region. 

Meetings of the IJC and its Boards are not open to the public.  Minutes of these meetings are however available on our website.

International Red River Board Public Meeting  - See more at 

33rd Annual Red River Basin Land & Water International Summit Conference
January 19-21, 2016
Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND


Meetings of the IJC and its Boards are not open to the public.  Minutes of these meetings are however available on our website.


Meetings of the IJC and its Boards are not open to the public.  Minutes of these meetings are however available on our website.


The International Joint Commission (IJC) is requesting comments from the public on a draft report to enhance flood preparedness and warnings for Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River. Specifically the IJC asks if the report’s recommendations are sound and whether the recommendations address real needs for enhanced flood preparedness and warnings for Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River.  The Commission is also inviting the public to preview the associated flood inundation maps. 

The IJC is inviting public comment on the TWG’s draft report until December 10, 2015

You can comment online, by email ( or by mail to the address below:

Secretary, Canadian Section
International Joint Commission
234 Laurier Avenue West, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario KIP 6K6  Canada 

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here.

Algae, Pipelines and More

15th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference

November 6, 2015 at the University of Toledo College of Law

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur will be the keynote speaker at the 15th annual Great Lakes Water Conference on Friday, November 6 at the University of Toledo College of Law.

Three panels of experts also will be featured.  The Algae panel will explore legal solutions and a regional approach to the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie; the Pipelines panel will focus on challenges arising from an important network of petroleum pipelines located near valuable water resources; and the More Hot Topics speakers will discuss a controversial new federal rule defining the scope of the Clean Water Act, a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision affecting TMDLs and impaired waters, and a proposed diversion of water out of the Great Lakes basin.

The conference is free to the public, and attorneys can earn 4.5 hours of Ohio CLE for $75. 

For more information or to register for CLE and/or a box lunch, go to

The conference is sponsored by the University of Toledo College of Law and its affiliated Legal Institute of the Great Lakes.

State of Lake Huron Meeting

Dates/Time:    November 4th & 5th, 2015; 8:30 – 5:00

Location:        Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

500 W. Fletcher Street               

Alpena, MI 49707


The Lake Huron Partnership is happy to announce that registration is now open for the State of Lake Huron Meeting.  This two day meeting will bring together scientists, resource managers, and interested members of the public from the United States and Canada to discuss the current science and status of Lake Huron, including the St. Marys River. 


Attendees can expect to learn about a wide range of Lake Huron issues including aquatic ecosystem changes, nutrient and food web dynamics, fish and wildlife contaminants, aquatic habitats, and more.  The meeting will also provide an opportunity for participants to engage in discussions that will help to define the binational science and monitoring priorities for Lake Huron’s 2017 year of cooperative study.  A draft meeting agenda is attached.


The State of Lake Huron Meeting is expected to be free however participants are responsible for costs associated with Lodging, travel, and meals.


Registration will be open until October 23, 2015 and space is limited to the first 85 registrants.  So, please register early to reserve your spot.  To register please use the following link:


Lodging:  A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of November 3rd, 4th, & 5th at The Sanctuary Inn.  Room rates are $79.00/night (plus applicable taxes) in US dollars.  To reserve a room please contact The Sanctuary Inn and ask for the “State of Lake Huron Meeting” block of rooms.  Rooms will be held until October 6th so please make your lodging reservations early to ensure room availability and rates.


The Sanctuary Inn

1000 US 23 North

Alpena, Michigan 49707

Phone# 989-356-2151


Please feel free to forward this email to others in your organization that may have in interest in the Lake Huron Partnership’s State of Lake Huron Meeting


If you have any questions please contact Bretton Joldersma (; 517-284-5048) or Greg Mayne (; 905-336-6021)


We look forward to seeing you this fall.




The Lake Huron Partnership