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 Ontario - St. Lawrence Board
The Board ensures that outflows from Lake Ontario through the Moses-Saunders Dam meet the requirements of the IJC order. It also assesses the outflow regulation plan and conducts studies requested by the IJC. 

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.

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. * The IJC's Air Quality Advisory Board was inactive during 2014. However, IJC staff continued to fulfill responsibilities including preparation of two draft reports, titled “Atmospheric Deposition of Toxics Substances to the Great Lakes” and “Review of air pollution and human health outcomes in selected Great Lakes urban regions (Windsor-Detroit, Sarnia-Port Huron, Sault Ste. Marie).” Those reports are to be brought to the Commission for its review in 2015.

Study Boards, Tasks Forces and Working Groups

International Souris River Study Board
The Study Board was appointed by the International Joint Commission to investigate flooding and water supply issues in the Souris River basin.

International Lake Champlain Richelieu River Study Board
The Study Board was established by the International Joint Commission to complete the work outlined in Option B of the 2013 Plan of Study to more fully explore the causes, impacts, risks, and solutions to flooding in the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River basin.

Nutrient loading and impacts in Lakes Champlain and Memphremagog
The IJC was asked by governments to examine current programs and measures to address high nutrient levels and algal blooms, and make recommendations on how to strengthen these efforts in both lakes. 


Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management (GLAM) Committee will undertake the monitoring, modeling and assessment needed to support on-going evaluation of the regulation of water levels and flows. The GLAM Committee will report to the Lake Superior Board of Control, Niagara River Board of Control and the Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board.