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The International Niagara Board of Control invites you to an open house on the subject of matters affec

ting flows and levels in the Niagara River. In addition, information on operation of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom and on current Great Lakes’ water levels will be presented. 

The purpose of this open house is to inform the public of the Board's current activities and to hear public comments and 
suggestions regarding the Board's work.

The open house will be held on Monday, August 29, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT at the Community Room (lower level of the Power Vista), New York Power Authority Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd, Lewiston, NY 14092.

You can join the conference by telephone: 
1-877-336-1839 (toll-free) 
Passcode: 5162099,
Security Code: 1111 followed by the # on your telephone. 

You are encouraged to dial in by 6:20 p.m. You will need to download the meeting materials from 
the Activities page on the Board’s website at:

You can also join by webinar:
Please see the Board’s Activities website for instructions on how to join the meeting online.

Any updates will be posted on the Board’s Activities webpage by August 26, 2016.


The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board invites you to attend a presentation by the Board, meet Board members and staff, ask questions, and express concerns. This year, the Board will be holding a public meeting in Kenora, Ontario.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – 2:00pm-4:00pm
Clarion Inn Lakeside & Conference Centre
470 First Avenue South
Kenora, Ontario

For more information please click here

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

Download flyer



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.