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IJC admin | 2016/05/16

Read IJC’s newsletters to stay current on how Canada and the United States are working together to manage the health and flow of the waters shared by our two countries. Read More »

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You’re invited to comment on latest Air Quality Agreement Progress Report

IJC admin | 2013/04/08

As of 2010, Canada's total emissions of sulphur dioxide have decreased by 57 percent from 1990 levels, according to the report. Meanwhile, the U.S. has reduced total sulphur dioxide emissions from covered sources by 67 percent from 1990 emission levels. Read More »

Preparing for Extreme Water Level Lows – and Highs – with Adaptive Management

IJC admin | 2013/04/04

The public has seen historic lows on the Great Lakes. Now comes a draft Adaptive Management Plan to address extreme lows --- and highs. The plan is a response to a changing climate and the limited ability to alter lake levels through regulation of flows from Lake Superior and Lake Ontario. It anticipates a future with extremes. Read More »

This ‘Algae Thing’ Must Get Better in Lake Erie

IJC admin | 2013/03/27

Lake Erie is a priority for IJC. Our U.S. Section Chair, Lana Pollack of Ann Arbor, Michigan, spoke at the recent 8th Annual Lake Erie Waterkeeper Conference at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, to hammer that point home. Read More »

How Green Infrastructure is ‘Saving the Rain’ in New York

IJC admin | 2013/03/22

Cities and organizations in New York are showing off stormwater strategies --- to slow down, spread out, and soak in precipitation and runoff. It’s an alternative to letting water flow unfiltered off of roofs and other hard surfaces and into streams, rivers, and ultimately the Great Lakes. Read More »

From Great Lakes Day: A Water Levels Fact Sheet

IJC admin | 2013/03/08

A two-page Fact Sheet on Great Lakes water levels was handed out at Great Lakes Day in Washington, D.C. See and download it here. Read More »

New Tools Unify Water Data, Win Awards

IJC admin | 2013/02/04

In the last several years, hydrographic data has been standardized for the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and thousands of rivers and streams along the 5,000-mile (8,000-kilometer) border between Canada and the U.S. Stewards are beginning to use the same playbook when it comes to gathering and analyzing data to help prevent and resolve transboundary water issues. Read More »

Osoyoos regulations may flex after 25 years

IJC admin | 2013/01/16

Flexibility is the operative word when it comes to the future regulation of Lake Osoyoos water levels in Washington state. The International Joint Commission has marked Feb. 22, 2013, on its calendar. On that day, the current IJC Orders of Approval for Lake Osoyoos are set to expire, after standing for more than 25 years. Read More »

What you'll find at the new (Infographic)

IJC admin | 2012/11/21

A lot of time and thought have gone into this latest version of, the first major redesign of the site in nine years. You should find the International Joint Commission’s new online home to be more appealing, and easier-to-use. Read More »

Less Algae in Lake Erie by 2015

IJC admin | 2012/11/09

The IJC’s Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority, or LEEP, is targeting excessive algae growth in Lake Erie. The plans are to develop recommendations for the Canadian and U.S. governments to measurably reduce dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP) loads and algae by the end of 2015. Read More »

What's Next for the Great Lakes Study?

IJC admin | 2012/10/15

The people have spoken. Now it’s time to make a decision about the International Upper Great Lakes Study. If only it was that easy. Read More »