International Joint Commission (IJC)
More than a century of cooperation protecting shared waters

Boards and Task Forces

Standing Boards

Accredited Officers for the St. Mary – Milk Rivers
The Accredited Officers, appointed by the two governments, are responsible for the measurement and apportionment of waters of the St. Mary and Milk Rivers in accordance with a 1921 IJC Order governing the watersheds.

Columbia River Board of Control
The Board reports on the effects of the Grand Coulee Dam and its reservoir, Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake, on water levels and flows at the boundary.

Great Lakes Science Advisory Board
Provides scientific advice to the International Joint Commission and the Great Lakes Water Quality Board and is responsible for developing recommendations on all matters related to research and the development of scientific knowledge pertinent to Great Lakes water quality.

Great Lakes Water Quality Board
Created by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the Great Lakes Water Quality Board has broad responsibilities for assisting the International Joint Commission with the exercise of the functions, powers and responsibilities assigned to it in the Agreement.

Health Professionals Advisory Board
The Board assists the IJC by providing advice on clinical and public health issues related to the transboundary environment, and is responsible for recommending ways to communicate about these issues with the public and stakeholder groups.

Kootenay Lake Board of Control
The Board is responsible for the supervision of the operation of the Corra Linn Dam and ensures that conditions set for Kootenay Lake are maintained.

International Lake of the Woods Board of Control
The International Lake of the Woods Control Board is responsible for maintaining water levels on Lake of the Woods in accordance with the 1925 Lake of the Woods Convention and Protocol, signed by Canada and the United States.

Lake Superior Board of Control
The Board oversees the operation of various control works on the St. Marys River that control the outflow of Lake Superior at Sault Ste. Marie.

Niagara Board of Control
The Board monitors the operation of the Chippawa-Grass Island Pool control structure above Niagara Falls, and supervises the annual installation and removal of an ice boom at the outlet of Lake Erie.

Osoyoos Lake Board of Control
The Board monitors and manages water levels on Osoyoos Lake, which are regulated by the Zosel Dam.

Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board
The Board assists with binational coordination of water quality efforts for the watershed, and coordinates the management of water levels and flows on Rainy River and Rainy Lake.

Red River Board
The Board keeps the IJC informed of basin activities that affect transboundary river flows, water quality, and ecosystem health in the Red River and its tributaries. The Board also monitors the implementation of flood-related recommendations made by the IJC.

Souris River Board
The Board monitors the apportionment of waters of the Souris River at its two international boundary crossings, reports on water quality monitoring, and keeps the IJC informed of water use and water-related development activities in the basin.

St. Croix Watershed Board
The Board reports to the IJC on compliance with water quality objectives and ensures that four privately owned dams are operated consistent with conditions set by IJC Orders of Approval.

St. Lawrence Board of Control
The Board ensures that outflows from Lake Ontario through the Moses-Saunders Dam meet the requirements of the IJC’s Orders of Approval. The Board also develops regulation plans and conducts special studies requested by the IJC.

Air Quality Advisory Board
The International Air Quality Advisory Board is mandated to identify and provide advice to the IJC on air quality issues with transboundary implications.


Study Boards, Tasks Forces and Working Groups

International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Technical Working Group
The Technical Working Group is mandated to carry out two tasks related to the 2013 Plan of Study on flooding in the Lake Champlain Richelieu River basin.

Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Task Team
The International Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Task Team has a mandate to develop a detailed Adaptive Management Plan that will evaluate and prioritize adaptive management activities in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River basin to address future extreme water levels.

Lake of the Woods Basin Water Quality Plan of Study Task Team
The Study Team is tasked with developing a Water Quality Plan of Study for the Lake of the Woods Basin in response to an 2012 the International Joint Commission recommendation to the federal governments.