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The International Lake Superior Board of Control invites members of the public to participate in a teleconference‐webinar to discuss the regulation of Lake Superior outflows and water levels in the upper Great Lakes system at 12pm on Thursday, July 19.  Specific topics include: Plan 2012, expected deviations, and more.

To find out more please visit the Board's website

Together with the International Souris River Board, the Study Board invites you to a public meeting on June 25, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Days Inn in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Visit Eventbrite to view the agenda and register for the free event. 

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The public is invited to attend presentations of the International Souris River Board and the International Souris River Study Board (ISRSB) on June 25, 2018, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm at the Days Inn in Estevan, Saskatchewan.

Following a brief overview of the study and its progress, as well as updates on recent conditions and water management in the basin, the public will have an opportunity to pose questions and share its views with members of the two boards.

Public participation and feedback is an important consideration of both boards. Members of the public are encouraged to be involvedby attending the public meeting and following the boards online:

 

DRAFT AGENDA

7:00 p.m. Welcome and introductions

7:10 p.m. Review of agenda

7:15 p.m. Update from the International Souris River Board

7:30 p.m. Plan of Study review from International Souris River Study Board (ISRSB)

7:45 p.m. ISRSB Public Advisory Group public outreach and activities

7:50 p.m. Water quality update

8:00 p.m. Water management update

8:15 p.m. Open discussion of water management challenges and concerns

9:30 p.m. Close of meeting

Members of the public are invited to attend an open house hosted by the International Souris River Study Board (ISRSB) at the Grand Hotel in Minot, North Dakota on February 20, 2018.  The evening event is being held to share information about the Study and to seek public input on its draft work plan.

The International Joint Commission (IJC) appointed the ISRSB in September 2017 to complete the 2013 “Plan of Study for the Review of the Operating Plan Contained in Annex A of the 1989 International Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America.”

Over the next two years, the Study Board will:

  • collect and analyze data to support hydraulic and hydrologic modelling and other studies,
  • review operating rules to improve the language in Annex A for a clearer understanding and interpretation.

In its final report to the IJC in 2020, the Study Board will also recommend potential measures to reduce the risk of flooding in the Souris River basin.            

Public participation and feedback is an important component of the Study. The ISRSB encourages members of the public to learn more by attending the open house or by visiting its web page at ijc.org/en_/isrsb. Comments on the draft work plan may be submitted until March 12, 2018 at participateij.org/sourisriver

Important Links

Learn more about the Study

Register for the Open House

Submit feedback on the draft work plan: February 7 to March 12, 2018 

The International Souris River Study Board is an independent binational group established by the International Joint Commission to assist it with responding to the 2017 request from the governments of Canada and the United States to review the operating plan on water supply and flood control in the Souris River basin.

                                                                           Download News Release

For more information, please contact:

Gregg Wiche

US Study Manager

Phone: 701-250-7433

Email: gwiche@usgs.gov

Bruce Davison

Canadian Study Manager

Phone: 306-975-5788

Email: bruce.davison@canada.ca                                                                                              

PowerPoint presentation slides: download as pdf

Webinar video


The International Joint Commission of Canada and the United States will release its report on Fertilizer Application Patterns and Trends and Their Implications for Water Quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. This report is the result of an assessment conducted to understand the influence of past, current and possible future nonpoint agricultural runoff of phosphorus into western Lake Erie, and their potential to cause eutrophic conditions and nuisance and harmful algal blooms (HABs). The area studied included the lake’s binational western basin as well as the St. Clair-Detroit River system, which feeds directly into Lake Erie. 

To learn more about the report and its findings, please register to participate in the webinar briefing to be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 11:30am EST.

This event will be held in English only.

Please join us by using the following link and meeting information:

Go to https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/j.php?MTID=m07faed3b34bc782e6e423e987768d57b 
Meeting Number: 558 759 874 
Meeting Password: Z3EJT2v6

Toll-free dial-in number (Canada/US): 1-888-265-0903 
Local dial-in number: 613-960-7527
Attendee pass code: 9782218#





Dr. Michael Murray
Staff Scientist, Great Lakes Regional Center
National Wildlife Federation
Member, IJC Science Advisory Board’s Science Priority Committee and co-author of IJC report


Dr. J. David Allan
Professor Emeritus, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
Member, IJC Science Advisory Board’s Science Priority Committee and co-author of report



                                                                                      

The International Red River Board (IRRB) and the International Joint Commission (IJC) will be hosting a public open house meeting at the Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, MB on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. This year’s Public Input Session will take place as part of the Red River Basin Commission’s Annual Summit Conference during the lunch hour. The IRRB assists the International Joint Commission in preventing and resolving disputes relating to the transboundary waters of the Red River Basin.  

To learn more visit the International Red River Board's website

 

The annual Kootenay Lake Board of Control Public Meeting will be held on Thursday October 19, in Nelson, BC, at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, 701 Lakeside Drive, from 7:00 -9:00pm.  An overview of the Board’s activities and information on Kootenay Lake water level management in 2017 will be provided. 

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The 2017 public meeting of the International (IJC) Osoyoos Lake Board of Control has been scheduled for the evening of October 17, 2017 at the Sonora Centre, 8505 68 Avenue, Osoyoos BC, from 6:00-8:15pm. This meeting will feature a screening of a new film on transboundary water management in the Okanagan River Basin.  Attendance is free and all are welcome.

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Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Place: Mill St. Brew Pub, 555 Wellington St., Ottawa ON   K1R 1C5

Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Join the IJC’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board and Ottawa Riverkeeper for a fun, informative panel and audience discussion about the current and emerging environmental challenges affecting watersheds at local, regional and global levels. Panelists will discuss how to accomplish effective watershed planning and governance in the 21st century. Register here.

 

For more information visit the IJC's Great Lakes Water Quality Board's website

The Historical Section (PORH) and the U.S. Transboundary Affairs Division (NGB), in partnership with the University of Ottawa, the Western Michigan University and Library and Archives Canada, are pleased to sponsor a two-day conference on the history of the International Joint Commission. 

Monday and Tuesday, September 25 to 26

8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pellan Room, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
 

Almost everywhere in North America, water is in crisis: drought across the West, and floods in parts of the U.S. More importantly, water is fundamentally tied to some of the largest challenges global society is currently facing: clean energy, pollution and climate change. 

This conference brings together leading diplomatic, environmental and Indigenous scholars from Canada and the United States to explore the century-long evolution of the International Joint Commission, a binational Canada-U.S. body playing a key role in helping both countries prevent and resolve transboundary environmental and water-resource disputes.

The conference begins at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 25. For full details, please see the program. There is no fee, but as space is limited, we ask participants to register in advance.

 

60th IAGLR 2017 Conference
May 15-19, 2017
Detroit, Michigan
 

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., March 29, 2017

Where: St. Catharines Rowing Club, Alumni Hall - Henley Island Drive, St. Catharines, ON 

Register today

For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting visit ParticipateIJC.

Agenda
St. Catharines, ON - March 29, 2017 

Gather and Welcome

IJC Presentation: You are the Voice of the Great Lakes 

Local Presentations: 

Moderator
Tikvah Mindorff – Exec. Dir. Niagara Sustainability Initiative 

  • Paul General Six Nations of the Grand River - Perspective on the Grand River and Lake Erie

  • Bill Redelmeier  Southbrook Vineyards – Sustainable vineyards

  • Dr. Mike Duncan Niagara College  

  • Patrick Robson  Niagara Area of Concern

Roundtable Discussions: Details will be announced. Please check back later.

Public Comment Period: Please limit your comments to three minutes. 

Closing: Comments from Commissioners and thank you
 

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., March 28, 2017

Where: WNED-WBFO Studio - 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202

Register today

For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting visit ParticipateIJC.

Agenda
Buffalo, NY - March 28, 2017 

Afternoon Panel Discussion - 1:30pm-4:30pm

Gather and Welcome

IJC Presentation: You are the Voice of the Great Lakes

Panel Presentations and Discussion: 

  • Community Collaboration for Restoration Action, Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper

  • Making the Great Lakes the Outdoor Recreation Destination of Choice, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

  • Emerging Contaminants and Impacts on Fish and Wildlife, Dr. Diana S. Aga, University of Buffalo

  • Wetland Habitat Restoration for Larval Fish Nursery in the Niagara River, Dr. Alicia Pérez-Fuentetaja, SUNY Buffalo State

  • Niagara River Corridor, a Wetland of International Significance, Jajean Rose-Burney), Western New York Land Conservancy

  • Alternative Futures for Restored Waterfronts, Sean Burkholder, University at Buffalo

  • Buffalo Blue, a Sustainable Business Perspective, Mark Shriver Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable

Public Comment Period: Please limit your comments to three minutes. 

Closing: Comments from Commissioners and thank you

 

Evening Public Meeting - 6:00pm-9:00pm

Gather and Welcome

IJC Presentation: You are the Voice of the Great Lakes

Local Presentations: 

  • Local expert presentation on the Buffalo River Area of Concern, access to water-based recreation and other topics

Open Discussion with Audience 

Public Comment Period: Please limit your comments to three minutes.  

Closing: Comments from Commissioners and thank you

 

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 6:00-9:00 p.m., March 23, 2017

Where: University of Toledo Lake Erie Centre - 6200 Bay Shore Road - Oregon, OH 43616

Register today

For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting visit ParticipateIJC.

Agenda
Toledo, OH - March 23, 2017 

Gather and Welcome

Video: You are the Voice of the Great Lakes 

IJC Presentation: Your Say on Progress in Restoring the Great Lakes: A Guide to the TAP & PROP Reports 

Local Presentations:

  • Chris Winslow, Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program: Overview of the latest science on Lake Erie HABs and what ongoing research will hopefully tell us

  • Karl Gebhardt, Deputy Director for Water Resources, Ohio EPA: Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection and Restoration Plan

  • Gail Hesse, Great Lakes Water Program Director, National Wildlife Federation: The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, domestic action plans, and what the nongovernment community is looking for to ensure progress on HABs 

Public Comment Period:

  • Moderator: Dr. Jeff Reutter - Special Advisor, Ohio Sea Grant College Program at Ohio State University

Please limit your comments to three minutes. 

Closing: Comments from Commissioners and thank you

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 1:30-4:30 p.m., March 22, 2017

Where: Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre, 180 College Avenue North, Sarnia, Ontario

Register today

For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting visit ParticipateIJC.

Agenda
Sarnia, ON - March 22, 2017 

Gather and Welcome

IJC Presentation: You are the Voice of the Great Lakes 

Local Presentations: 

  • Donna Strang St. Clair Region Conservation Authority - St. Clair River Area of Concern
     
  • Raj Bejankiwar International Joint Commission - Chemicals of Mutual Concern and Human Health
     
  • Emery Huzuka & Don Ciparis National Farmers Union - Sustainable Agriculture/Nutrients and Harmful Algal Blooms


Roundtable DiscussionsParticipants to discuss on the following topics according to the table at which they are seated: Chemicals of Mutual Concern and Human Health; Agriculture and Nutrients; and Areas of Concern

Reporting out from each table
Moderated by Girish Sankar

Public Comment PeriodPlease limit your comments to three minutes. 

Closing: Comments from Commissioners and thank you 

2017/03/22 World Water Day

                                                 

 

World Water Day organised by the United Nations takes place every year on March 22nd since 1993. This year's theme is "Why Wastewater?"

For more information: http://www.worldwaterday.org/ 

 

 

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 6:00-9:00 p.m., March 21, 2017

Where: Outdoor Adventure Center - 1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48207

Register today

For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting visit ParticipateIJC.

Agenda
Detroit, MI - March 21, 2017 

Gather and Welcome

IJC Presentation: You are the Voice of the Great Lakes 

Local Presentations: 

  • Dr. Joan Rose Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, Michigan State University Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife 
    "Swimability" and Human Health on Great Lakes Beaches
     
  • Kyle Moxley Research Consultant for the Global Health Initiative of the Henry Ford Health System
    "Drinkability" and Research on Health Implications of Detroit Water Shutoffs
     
  • Ali Shakoor Ph.D. Student, Wayne State University Department of Biological Sciences and decorated competitive angler - "Fishability" in Southeastern Michigan Waters: Eat Safe Fish

Public Comment Period: Please limit your comments to three minutes. 

Closing: Comments from Commissioners and thank you 

 

Great Lakes Commission Semiannual meeting
March 14-16, 2017
Washington, D.C. 

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 6:00-9:00 p.m., March 2, 2017

Where: Delta Waterfront Hotel - Algoma East Ballroom - 208 St. Mary's River Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5V4

Register today

For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting visit ParticipateIJC.

Agenda
Sault Ste. Marie, ON - March 2, 2017 

Gather and Welcome

Video: You are the Voice of the Great Lakes 

IJC Presentation: Your Say on Progress in Restoring the Great Lakes: A Guide to the TAP & PROP Reports 

Local Presentations:

  • Catherine Taddo – Land Development & Environmental Engineer, City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
    City of Sault Ste. Marie, ON Sanitary and Stormwater Infrastructure Overview
  • Michael Ripley –Environmental Coordinator, Inter-Tribal Fisheries and Assessment Program, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority
    Restoring the Little Rapids in the St. Marys River
  • Joanie McGuffin – Lake Superior Water Trail Coordinator, The Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy
    Linking Science and Citizens for Action: Building a Water Trail for the Lake Superior-wide Community

Public Comment Period:

  • Moderator: Dr. Gayle Broad – Director, NORDIK Institute, Algoma University
    Please limit your comments to three minutes. 

Closing: Comments from Commissioners and thank you 

Join the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board and local experts for a panel discussion on The Great Lakes: The First Nations, Métis Nation and Tribal Perspective.

On Wednesday, November 9, the IJC’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board will host a panel discussion with local and regional experts to discuss their unique perspectives of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes, long-term challenges facing the lakes and their impacts on indigenous people. The public is invited to attend free of charge and participate in the conversation

Panelists include:

  • Michon Harold, Commercial Fisherman, Rocky Bay First Nation
  • Dean Jacob, Consultation Manager, Walpole Island First Nations
  • Dr. Robert Stewart, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and the Environment, Lakehead University
  • James Wagar, Manager of Natural Resources and Consultation, Métis Nation of Ontario

Where: Fort William Historical Park, Thunder Bay, Ontario

When: 7-9 p.m., November 9, 2016

The Water Quality Board’s meeting, also open to the public, will be held the afternoon of November 9 and the morning of November10 at the same location. Infosuperior will live stream the audio for both meetings at WQB Thunder Bay.

Contact:

Raj Bejankiwar, bejankiwarr@windsor.ijc.org  519-257-6711

Sally Cole-Misch, colemischs@windsor.ijc.org 519-257-6733

The Great Lakes are the heart and soul of our shared economies, cultures, recreation,   and personal and collective quality of life. Please join us for an evening of conversation about how you, as a Milwaukee or nearby resident, view progress to restore and protect the water quality in the lakes. In your view, what government programs are working, what’s not? Does their progress report tell you what you want to know? What issues do you feel are most pressing for the Great Lakes – in your area and the entire watershed – and what additional actions are needed?

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 6:30-9 p.m., October 18, 2016

Where: School of Freshwater Sciences - UW-Milwaukee, 600 E Greenfield Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Register today 

 

The 2016 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting will take place October 6-7, 2016 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York.

Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting

Your views are essential for the International Joint Commission to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the goals and objectives of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and will be included in IJC's Triennial Assessment of Progress report.

When: 4:30-6:00 p.m., 2016/10/05

Where: Allstream Centre, 105 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3C3

Procedures for Public Meetings on Parties Report on Progress Under the GLWQA

This IJC event is part of the Great Lakes Public Forum 2016

Are the Canadian and US governments accomplishing the goals of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement for your Great Lake, Lake Ontario? The International Joint Commission wants to hear and discuss your views. As a committed, active citizen who dedicates your time to restore and protect the lake, we want to learn about your success stories for transforming the conversation from Lake Ontario’s damage to its promise.

Join your fellow Torontonians to inform the IJC about community efforts, what the governments are and aren’t doing to restore and protect the lake, and how to develop a shared vision for what is a healthy Lake Ontario.

When: 7-9 p.m., October 5, 2016

Where: Committee Room 1 at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2N2

Please register here

Procedures for Public Meetings on Parties Report on Progress Under the GLWQA

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The Great Lakes Public Forum, occurring once every three years, provides an opportunity for the United States and Canada to discuss and receive public comments on the state of the Lakes and binational priorities for science and action; and provides an opportunity for the International Joint Commission to discuss and receive public comment on the Progress Report of the Parties.

Register here

12th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference

hosted by the

Healing Our Waters®– Great Lakes Coalition

September 20 – 22, 2016

HOTEL and CONFERENCE CENTER

Cedar Point
Breakers Hotel
1 Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870
419-627-2106
website

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Take advantage now before early bird rates end on August 1, 2016. Click here to register.

Each year Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition brings together a diverse group of more than 400 people from throughout the Great Lakes region to attend the Great Lakes Restoration Conference. The conference provides a 3-day forum for participants to learn about important Great Lakes Restoration issues, network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals. 

This year the conference will be held at Cedar Point, Sandusky Ohio, the Roller Coaster Capital of the World! You’ll stay at Cedar Point’s beachfront hotel, The Breakers, located just steps away from Cedar Point. Enjoy an afternoon and evening at Put-in-Bay, experience diverse field trips, and a special evening just for conference attendees at Cedar Point’s Amusement Park complete with roller coaster rides and fair food! Finish up the evening by roasting marshmallows on the beach for your s’mores.
The Coalition has reserved a block of rooms for attendees to stay at the Breakers! The room rate is $159 per night.

Complimentary parking is available at the hotel. 

Transportation to and from the Cleveland Airport will be available and arrangements can be made on the registration website. Please make sure to have your flight information handy when registering so that you can book the appropriate shuttle! 

We look forward to seeing you in Sandusky in September! 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Click here to register.