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Protecting our Great Lakes: assessing the effectiveness of wastewater treatments for the removal of chemicals of emerging concern
Antonette Arvai, Gary Klecka, Saad Jasim, Henryk Melcer and Michael T. Laitta
Water Quality Research Journal of Canada, Volume 48, Number 4

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International St. Croix River Watershed Board - 2014 Annual Report
ISCRWB
2015/04/29
International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board - 2nd Annual Report
IRLWWB
2015/04/29

Covering April 2014 to March 2015

International Red River Board - Status Report
IRRB
2015/04/29
International Niagara Board of Control - 124th Semi-Annual Progress Report
INBC
2015/04/29

Covering the Period September 25, 2014 through March 5, 2015

International Lake Superior Board of Control - Semi-Annual Progress Report
ILSBC
2015/04/29

Covering the period September 25, 2014 to February 28, 2015

International Kootenay Lake Board of Control - 2014 Annual Report
IKLBC
2015/04/29
International St. Lawrence River Board of Control - 123rd Progress Report
ISLRBC
2015/04/29
International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control - 2014 Annual Report
IOLBC
2015/04/29
International Columbia River Board of Control - 2014 Annual Report
ICRBC
2015/04/29
2014 Activities Report
IJC
2015/04/29

This report summarizes activities performed by the International Joint Commission (IJC) and associated boards and task forces during the 2014 calendar year.

A Water Quality Plan of Study for the Lake of the Woods Basin - January 2015
IJC
2015/01/01

The Plan of Study identifies 32 projects and activities under five major challenge areas needed to improve understanding of the ecosystem health of the Basin and support a balanced, international approach to water quality management (see summary table, pg. vi)). For each recommended project, the Plan of Study outlines the objectives, description of work, possible lead and participating organizations, and timing and cost considerations.

International Lake of the Woods Basin Water Quality Plan of Study
International Lake of the Woods Basin Water Quality Plan of Study Team
2014/11/12

The International Lake of the Woods Basin Water Quality Plan of Study has been prepared to guide the International Joint Commission (IJC) in making recommendations to the Governments of Canada and the United States regarding a water quality study for the Basin. The Plan has been prepared by a binational Study Team, and builds upon considerable cooperative work and planning that has been undertaken in the Basin in recent years.  The Plan of Study identifies 32 projects and activities under five major challenge areas needed to improve understanding of the ecosystem health of the Basin and support a balanced, international approach to water quality management (see summary table).  For each recommended project, the Plan of Study outlines the objectives, description of work, possible lead and participating organizations, and timing and cost considerations.

Letter to Governments on Great Lakes Adaptive Management
IJC
2014/10/29

In the Commission’s April 2013 “Advice to Governments on the Recommendations of the International Upper Great Lakes Study”, we stated that the Commission would follow up with governments on the topic of Adaptive Management for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Levels. The purpose of this letter is to transmit the Task Team’s final report for the Government’s review and comment and to provide an update on how the Commission is moving forward with adaptive management in the Great Lakes-St Lawrence River basin.

International Red River Board, 15th Annual Progress Report
IRRB
2014/10/22

Activities during the reporting period October 01, 2013 to September 30, 2014

International St. Lawrence River Board of Control, 122nd Progress Report
ISLRBC
2014/10/22

Covering the Period MARCH 27, 2014 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

International Lake Superior Board of Control, Semi-Annual Progress Report
ILSBC
2014/10/22

Covering the Period March 26, 2014 to September 24, 2014

International Souris River Board, 55th Annual Report
ISRB
2014/10/22

Covering calendar year 2013

International Niagara Board of Control - 123rd Semi-Annual Progress Report
INBC
2014/10/22

Covering the Period March 26 through September 24, 2014

2013−14 Operation of the Lake Erie − Niagara River Ice Boom
International Niagara Working Committee
2014/10/22

A report to the International Niagara Board of Control by the International Niagara Working Committee

Rainy-Lake of the Woods State of the Basin Report, Second Edition
Lake Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
2014/07/01
Meeting Record April 29-30, 2014
Burrows, Bejankiwar
2014/06/20

Meeting record from the IJC's Great Lakes Science Advisory Board Meeting, held April 29-30, 2014 in Washington, D.C. including record of the Science Priority Committee and Research Coordination Committee meetings held April 30, 2014

Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Plan 2014
International Joint Commission
2014/06/17

This report to the Governments of Canada and the United States presents the conclusions of the International Joint Commission (IJC) investigation regarding needed changes to the 1952 and 1956 Orders of Approval for the St. Lawrence River Power Project. After years of intensive analysis and extensive consultation with governments, experts, Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River interests, and the public, the IJC concludes that a new approach to regulating the flows and levels of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, Plan 2014, should be implemented as soon as possible. A summary description of Plan 2014 is included in the mainbody of this report, with further technical details provided in the annexes.

Great Lakes Ecosystem Indicator Project Report
International Joint Commission
2014/06/03

The Commission recommends 16 indicators composed of 41 measures to be the best indicators for assessing progress for the ecosystem under the new Agreement. The suite of 16 ecosystem indicators are the “few that tell us the most” and this report defines and discusses their relevance to Agreement objectives and ecosystem health conditions, their constituent measures and how the indicators should be interpreted. The ecosystem indicators provide good coverage of the Agreement Objectives and Annexes with the smallest number of indicators possible. Key gaps in the coverage, including indicators for human health and program effectiveness, will be addressed through separate projects also being conducted under the Commission’s Assessment of Progress Priority.

The Commission recommends that the governments of Canada and the United States consider using the Commission’s recommended ecosystem indicators in State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) reporting. As part of this process, the Commission also recommends that the governments review the indicators with respect to how easily they can be fully implemented and provide feedback to the Commission regarding their potential for operationalization.

A comparison of the Commission’s ecosystem indicators and ecosystem indicators in the recent SOLEC report by the governments is also included in this report as an initial step in that assessment process. While the Commission did find some overlap; 23 out of the 41 measures of IJC ecosystem indicators are defined differently from SOLEC indicators.

Great Lakes Ecosystem Indicator Project Report

2013 Activities Report
IJC
2014/05/05

This report summarizes activities performed by the International Joint Commission (IJC) and associated boards and task forces during the 2013 calendar year.

STATUS REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL RED RIVER BOARD
IRRWB
2014/04/29

Prepared for the International Joint Commission Spring Semi-Annual Meeting, April 29, 2014 Washington, D.C.