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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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River Watch: 20 Years of Citizen Science

IJC admin | 2015/05/04

What’s your river or watershed story? That was the task for teams of high school students to portray and share via poster presentations at the International Water Institute’s (IWI) River Watch Forum held at the University of Minnesota-Crookston campus. Read More »

Test Your Memory with the 2014 IJC Activities Report Quiz

IJC admin | 2015/04/23

What do you remember about initiatives, programs and progress made during the last calendar year? We’ve chosen 10 questions to test your knowledge, and memory. Read More »

IJC to Attend One of World’s Biggest Earth Day Events

IJC admin | 2015/04/22

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. Read More »

Remembering Claude Lanthier

IJC admin | 2015/04/21

Claude Lanthier served as the Canadian Section chair of the Commission from 1992-1995. He’s being remembered as a tireless advocate for the St. Lawrence River. Read More »

Why Social Science Research is Critical to the Great Lakes Region

IJC admin | 2015/04/14

For the past two years, researchers and graduate students from the Great Lakes Policy Research Network, established under a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant, have been conducting collaborative research. Read More »

Waste-to-Energy Project Nets Award for IJC Intern’s Research Team

IJC admin | 2015/04/13

IJC Intern Jessica MacKinnon was among a group of environmental engineering undergraduates who scored an improbable victory over graduate students and Ph.D. candidates in a prestigious water quality research contest in Burlington, Ontario. Read More »

Spring Break on the Great Lakes is No Vacation for Canadian, US Coast Guards

IJC admin | 2015/04/01

The Great Lakes have seen historic winters during the last two years, with prolonged arctic-like weather. While above-average snowfall and ice-coverage amounts are generally good for lake levels, unremitting cold and winds have produced ice conditions not present on the Lakes since the mid-1990s. Read More »

Lake of the Woods Forum Focuses on Water Quality Research, Lake Level Management

IJC admin | 2015/03/31

It’s been a dozen years since the first International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, and the event shows no signs of slowing down. This year’s 12th annual Forum in International Falls, Minnesota, brought together a record number of attendees. Read More »

Lake Erie Working Group Prepares Algae Action Plan for States, Province

IJC admin | 2015/03/26

A new international committee of the Great Lakes Commission is digging for solutions to the problem of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Read More »

New Canadian-Ontario Agreement Addresses Five Great Lakes Priorities

IJC admin | 2015/03/24

The Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health is the means by which Canada and Ontario interact to help meet federal obligations under the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. An eighth Canada-Ontario Agreement (COA), signed in December, sets the agenda for restoration, protection and conservation of the Canadian portion of the Great Lakes basin for the next five years. Read More »

On Wasted Water in Canada and the U.S.

IJC admin | 2015/03/18

The Fix a Leak campaign, led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is meant to encourage folks to find and fix dripping faucets and valves that are wasting water (and money) in their homes. Canada Water Week - organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and others – is meant to raise the profile of water and its importance to Canada’s future. Wasted water is an ongoing, year-round issue. Read More »

World Water Day 2015 Focuses on Sustainable Development

IJC admin | 2015/03/17

The IJC will observe World Water Day with an informational display at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. This full-day event is expected to bring together researchers, educators, students and stakeholders involved in water issues in and around Ontario, and also celebrate our freshwater resources. Read More »

Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay to See Significant Conservation Projects

IJC admin | 2015/03/10

A new Regional Conservation Partnership Program authorized in the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill directs $370 million to states and critical conservation areas, including the Great Lakes region. Critical conservation areas are designated by the Secretary of Agriculture and represent an opportunity for many stakeholders to come together at a regional level to address common natural resource goals while maintaining or improving agricultural productivity. Read More »

Test Your Knowledge: A Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Quiz

IJC admin | 2015/03/03

The Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed occupies portions of the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba and the U.S. state of Minnesota. Take the quiz, and see how much you know. Read More »

Should We Celebrate U.S. Invasive Species Week?

IJC admin | 2015/02/26

Invasive species can out-compete native species and turn ecosystems upside down. Remember the zebra mussel, and its cousin, the quagga mussel? But it’s been a long time since a new invader was discovered in the Great Lakes. Read More »

New Vessel Joins the Great Lakes Science Fleet, More on the Way

IJC admin | 2015/02/24

Meet the Arcticus, a new 77.5-foot Great Lakes research vessel operated by the Great Lakes Science Center, an arm of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The Arcticus replaces the 75-foot Grayling at its homeport in Cheboygan, Michigan, and will be used to explore Great Lakes ecosystems. The Read More »

New Committee Will Use Adaptive Management to Monitor Water Levels

IJC admin | 2015/02/24

Can the IJC’s efforts to regulate water levels and flows be improved as new science and understanding is developed? A new Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management (GLAM) Committee will carry out the monitoring, modeling and assessment needed to answer this question, as conditions in the basin change over time. Read More »

Roaring Against Marine Debris in Vancouver

IJC admin | 2015/02/17

Marine debris is bad enough when it washes up on our shorelines. Imagine what it’s like for animals who call the water their home, like sea lions. Read More »

Answering Questions about Flame Retardants in the Great Lakes

IJC admin | 2015/01/28

To protect the health of the Great Lakes, governments ban the use of certain chemicals in products or come to agreements with manufacturers to phase out their use. The IJC’s Water Quality Board is exploring new problems that can arise when this happens. Read More »

Test Your Great Lakes Knowledge, and Win a ‘Valuable Prize’

IJC admin | 2015/01/13

To spread the word about the Great Lakes’ importance, we’re challenging all comers to an online Trivia Challenge. We’re planning more challenges for later this year about other basins we cover, from west to east. The first installment is below. And, yes, there is a valuable prize involved! Read More »

Trish Morris Merges Two Passions as New Director of Great Lakes Office

IJC admin | 2015/01/08

The Great Lakes, and longstanding peace between the nations that share them, are inextricably linked, says Patricia A. “Trish” Morris. And she is thrilled to be working at the center of that connection as new director of the IJC’s Great Lakes Regional Office (GLRO). Morris sees her new role as a perfect merger of two of her life’s ambitions: restoring badly damaged water resources, and securing peace in some of the most volatile regions of the world. Read More »

IJC’s Greatest Hits of 2014

IJC admin | 2014/12/31

We’re counting down our most-visited pages, news releases and newsletter posts as 2014 comes to an end --- and throwing in a few popular social media posts. Here’s the list, in reverse order of hits, based on Google Analytics and statistics from Facebook and Twitter. You can follow the links to read more. Have a Happy New Year. Read More »

Mark Your Calendar: Coming Up in 2015

IJC admin | 2014/12/24

The IJC, its boards and partner organizations are planning several meetings for 2015. See below for any that may be in your watershed or pique your interest. Read More »

New Blueprint for Great Lakes Observing System Focuses on Data, Climate and More

IJC admin | 2014/12/16

A new Blueprint for the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) will guide its activities for the next five years. The Blueprint, for 2016-2020, outlines function areas including data management, outreach, observations, modeling and tools, and focus areas including public health and safety, ecosystem health, maritime operations and climate adaptation. Read More »

Algae Removal System Helps Clean Up Ontario Beach

IJC admin | 2014/12/16

The shoreline of Ontario Beach in Rochester, N.Y., has an ongoing problem with algae accumulations of cladophora, a type of light-dependent, green nuisance algae which grows on the hard bottom surface of the lake and is carried to the shoreline by currents. Read More »