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Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here

The International Joint Commission (IJC) invites you to join a public webinar and teleconference at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday, June 4, 2015 regarding a consultants’ draft report on the Protection of the Waters of the Great Lakes.

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The Canadian Water Resources Association will be hosting their 68th National Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba from June 2-4, 2015. 

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The International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Technical Working Group invites you to a


during IAGLR’s 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research



3:40 TO 5:40 PM


The workshop will focus on the future of a binational, real-time flood forecasting and inundation mapping system for Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River.

You will:

  • learn about the new high-resolution water level predictions based on coupled atmosphere, hydrology and hydrodynamic models, and other models being considered; 
  • contribute to a peer discussion on the approaches for future water level forecasting on a trans-boundary lake-river system; and
  • share their experience and knowledge and contribute to the future direction of lake level forecasting.


And join the discussion on:

The importance and challenge of incorporating seiche effects into a hydrodynamic model of Lake Champlain to account for wave action.

How vertical datum corrections for critical gages and structures are performed on both sides of the border to achieve a seamless vertical datum.

How a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) from LiDAR datasets along the Lake Champlain and Richelieu River is coupled with a 2D hydraulic model.

How the hydraulic model is used to create flood inundation maps under a variety of water inputs and wind scenarios.


IAGLR's 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research will be held at the University of Vermont in Burlington from May 25-29, 2015. The theme for this year's conference is New Views New Tools.

For more information on the event please visit the website:

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky will headline an evening dedicated to the incomparable freshwater resources of the Great Lakes on Wednesday, May 13 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY.

The event, "Unexpected Voices of the Great Lakes," will kick off with a talk by Burtynsky, who specializes in images of nature transformed through industry.  A panel discussion will follow, highlighting the connection between the lakes and quality of life for the millions who rely on them for recreation, commerce, drinking water and spiritual fulfillment.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. It is free and open to the public. Registration is requested at this link. It is cosponsored by the International Joint Commission’s Water Quality Board and the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

More information is available at the Water Quality Board website.



U.S. Commissioner of the International Joint Commission, Rich Moy, will be addressing the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association during their Annual General Meeting on May 4th at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg.

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Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here


The Council of the Great Lakes Region will be hosting the first Great Lakes Economic Forum in 2015. The event will be held in Chicago, Illinois from April 26-28, 20215. 

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Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here

2015/04/24 MI Earth Day Fest


The International Joint Commission will help mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day by taking part in festivities at the MI Earth Day Fest in Rochester, Michigan from April 24-26, 2015. 

Read our blog on the event: IJC to Attend One World's Biggest Earth Day Events

For more information on the event: MI Earth Day Fest

2015/04/22 Earth Day 2015



Earth Day 2014

April 22nd is Earth Day. To learn more about this event please visit the websites below.

Earth Day Network:

Earth Day Canada:



"Water after Borders: Global Stakes and Local Politics" is a summit taking place at the University of Illinois - Chicago, as a part of the Humanities Without Walls consortium initiative on the "Global Midwest."

U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission, Lana Pollack, will be participating as a panellist at this event. 

For more information on the event please visit the website:


2015 Science-Policy Confluence Conference:
Great Lakes Nutrient Management and Water Quality

Thursday and Friday, March 26-27, 2015

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

340 East Superior St, Wieboldt Hall, Ray Conley Lounge/Room 540, Chicago 

U.S. Chair, Lana Pollack, is speaking Friday morning at this event held at the Northwestern University in Chicago. She will be speaking about "Current Policies - Which are/not working?".

Website of the Environmental Law & Policy Center :



World Water Day organised by the United Nations takes place every year on March 22nd since 1993. This year's theme is Water and Sustainable Development

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Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here


The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control invites you to participate in a teleconference-webinar to discuss the regulation of outflows and water levels in the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River System.

The public teleconference and webinar will take place ont he evening of March 17, 2015, 7:00-8:30 pm EST.

You can participate in either of two ways: by phone or by webinar.

By toll-free telephone 1-877-413-4814 (you are encouraged to dial in by 6:50 p.m.): Access Code: English: 5620440 French: 3583107 Bilingual: 2781163 Please mention “St. Lawrence River Control Board” to the operator.

You will need to download the meeting materials from the Board’s website: . Any updates will also be posted by March 13, 2014 on the Web site.

By webinar: see the Board website for directions

The Board presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be viewed by webinar. Those listening in by phone may also download the presentation slides in advance (see above). Following the presentation, the Board will ask to hear comments and questions ove

The 2015 Great Lakes AOCs Conference will take place March 11-12, 2015 at the University of Toledo. 
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The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum will take place on March 11 and 12, at the Rainy River Community College in International Falls, Minnesota. 

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The Canadian Water Network conference on Connecting Water Resources is  being held in Ottawa, Ontario from March 10-12, 2015.

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The 2015 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day in Washington will take place at The Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. from February 24 to February 26, 2015. 

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The U.S. National Invasive Species Awareness Week is being held from February 22 to 28, 2015 to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional and national scales. 

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Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here