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

Upcoming Meetings

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


Recent Meetings

Campus Inn
               615 E. Huron St.
               Ann ArborMI 48104
               United States

Great Lakes Beach Association Conference
Nov. 12-14, 2014
Toronto, ON
Novotel Toronto Centre


For more information on the conference please visit:

Lake Erie algae topic of expert panel, public forum Nov. 12 in Leamington

Lake Erie algae topic of expert panel, public forum Nov. 13 at Maumee Bay

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here



8:30-10:30 AM International St. Lawrence River Board of Control, International Niagara Board of
                     Control, and International Lake Superior Board of Control

10:45-11:45 AM Lake of the Woods Water Quality Plan of Study Task Team

12:45-1:45 PM International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board

1:45-2:45 PM International Red River Board

3:00-4:00 PM International Souris River Board



8:30-9:15 AM Health Professionals Advisory Board

9:15-10:00 AM Great Lakes Water Quality Board

10:15-11:45 AM Great Lakes Science Advisory Board

11:45-12:45 PM Roundtable Discussion with Great Lake Water Quality Board,

                      Great Lakes Science Advisory Board, and Health Professionals
                      Advisory Board

2:00-2:45 PM Accredited Officers of the St. Mary and Milk Rivers

2:45-3:45 PM Alberta-Montana Joint Water Management Initiative

U.S. - Canada Energy Summit: Re-energizing the policy dialogue
October 16-17, 2014
Chicago, Illinois

 "The United States and Canada sit at the center of a global energy transformation that has huge implications for both countries. Join leading investors, stakeholders, practitioners, and energy experts in this one-and-a-half day event to examine the scope of, and recommend a future course for bilateral energy cooperation."

U.S. Chair Lana Pollack will be speaking at this event on October 17 at 10:45 am. 

To view the agenda of the Summit please click here.
For more information on this event please visit the website.

2014 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting
September 29-30, 2014
Hyatt Regncy Hotel & Conference Centre
Buffalo, N.Y. 

The 2014 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting is an opportunity for Great Lakes stakeholders to convene with colleagues and share perspectives on important Great Lakes issues. This is a time of exciting opportunities for the Great Lakes region, yet we face continuing challenges, not the least of which are the ever-changing nature of the region’s economy, and dealing with threats from a changing climate and invasive species. "

For more information, visit the website:



Lake Erie Binational Forum

September 26 and 27, 2014

Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center
1750 State Park Road #2
Oregon, Ohio 43616

Annual gathering where participants will learn about key issues facing Lake Erie, including:

  • Current progress implementing key parts of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement;
  • Efforts to restore and maintain the Lake Erie- Lake Huron Corridor
  • The status of the Detroit River and methods to measure nutrient loading
  • An overview of the Western Lake Erie Basin Conservation Effects Assessment Project
  • Please see the agenda here for more details. Some presentations and/or presenters may change.


More information:

Congrès annuel - Aménager le Québec des régions, au-delà des frontières (in French only)
September 24-26, 2014
Baie Saint-Paul, Quebec 

Commissioner Benoît Bouchard will be speaking at this event on Septembre 24 at 3pm. 

The issues that be highlighted and explored will include nutrient enrichment and harmful algal blooms, water level regulation and flooding.

Click here for the preliminary program (in French only) 
For more details on this event please visit this website (in French only): 

The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control invites you to participate in a teleconference-webinar to discuss the regulation of outflows and water levels in the Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River System.

The evening of September 16, 2014, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT.

You can participate in either of two ways: by phone or by webinar.

By toll-free telephone 1-877-413-4814 (you are encouraged to dial in by 6:50 p.m.)

Access Code: English: 7095072
French: 5570093
Bilingual: 4951960

Please mention "St. Lawrence River Control Board" to the operator.

You will need to download the meeting materials from the Board’s website: .

Any updates will also be posted by September 12, 2014 on the Web site.

By webinar: see the Board website for directions

The Board presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be viewed by webinar. Those listening in by phone may also download the presentation slides in advance (see above). Following the presentation, the Board will ask to hear comments and questions over the three telephone lines.


Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here

Great Lakes Restoration Conference 2014

10th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference
hosted by the
Healing Our Waters- Great Lakes Coalition
September 9-11, 2014


The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Ph: 616-774-2000: Toll Free: 800-253-3590

The DeVos Place Convention Center
303 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Description: Ten years ago, scientists were warning us that the most significant fresh water resource on the planet – our Great Lakes – was on the brink of a complete ecosystem breakdown. Faced with this threat, Peter Wege and other visionaries gathered in Grand Rapids, Mich. and provided the funding to start the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. This year we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition and Peter Wege’s long and distinguished career of helping restore and protect the Great Lakes. We will celebrate some of our major victories for the Great Lakes, including our collective work to successfully secure more than 1.6 billion in federal funding to date, to restore habitat for fish and wildlife, clean up toxic pollution and control invasive species, and replace and repair aging sewage infrastructure.

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.

The conference will be held this year in Grand Rapids, Mich. at state of the art DeVos Place Convention Center. Connected to the DeVos Place is the historic Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Grand Rapids and in easy reach of some of Grand Rapids’ most popular attractions. Enjoy a reception at the Grand Rapids Art Museum while listening an ensemble from the Grand Rapids Symphony, experience diverse field trips throughout the area, and feel like a kid again riding the carousel at the Grand Rapids Public Museum!

HOW has reserved a block of rooms. The room rate is $149 per night.

Parking is available at the hotel. Day and overnight rate is $16.

- See more at:

The International Niagara Board of Control invites you to an open house on the subject of matters affecting flows and levels in the Niagara River. In addition, information on operation of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom and on current Great Lakes’ water levels will be presented.

The purpose of this open house is to inform the public of the Board's current activities and to hear public comments and
suggestions regarding the Board's work.

The open house will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT at the Earl W. Brydges Public Library, 1425 Main Street in Niagara Falls, NY 14305.

You can join the conference by telephone:
1-877-413-4788 (toll-free)
Conference ID: 848 986 1 followed by the # on your telephone.

You are encouraged to dial in by 6:20 p.m. You will need to download the meeting materials from
the Activities page on the Board’s website at:

You can also join by webinar:
Please see the Board’s Activities website for instructions on how to join the meeting online.

Any updates will be posted on the Board’s Activities webpage by August 29.

Business meeting from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The International Lake of the Woods Basin Water Quality Plan of Study Team has released a draft Plan of Study and is inviting public comment.  There will be eight public meetings during the 30 day public comment period, ending Friday, August 22, 2014. 

Public meetings will be held at the following times and locations:



Wednesday, August 13

2:30-4pm  Best Western Lakeside Inn

470 1st Ave S, Kenora, ON

Monday, August 11

7-8:30pm Mini-Theatre – Warroad High School

510 Cedar Ave NW, Warroad, MN

Wednesday, August 13

6:30-8pm Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation

703 Kele Mii Kana Rd (off Hwy 71 between Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls), ON

Tuesday, August 12

Open House

6-9pm Rainy River Community College

1501 Highway 71, International Falls, MN

Thursday, August 14

10-11:30am Economic Development Office

214 Main Street West Atikokan, ON

Thursday, August 14

5:30-7pm  Red Lake Community Centre

 Red Lake, MN

Friday, August 15

3-4:30pm Rainy River Recreation Centre

302 Broadway Ave, Rainy River, ON

Friday, August 15

9-10:30am Vermilion Community College Theatre

1900 East Camp St., Ely, MN

Written comments can be submitted to the Study Team through its website at: or by mail to:        

Kelli Saunders, Secretary, LOWBWQ Study Team
International Watershed Coordinator
47 Donbrock Drive, Kenora, ON P9N 0A2 

You can consult the minutes of past meetings here : 

You can consult the minutes of past meetings here : 

With the support of IWI funding, the IJC is working with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to apply a regional water quality model called SPARROW. The model quantifies loadings of phosphorus at key locations in the watersheds, identifies “hotspot” areas of high nutrient loading, and apportions pollution sources according to jurisdiction and human influences such as agriculture and wastewater treatment plants. The model is being used to help set phosphorus targets as part of a basin-wide nutrient management strategy with the goal of improving the ecological health of Lake Winnipeg and the Red River Basin. 

USGS page on SPARROW Watershed Modelling:

Soo Locks Engineer's Day
June 27, 2014
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

"A Michigan landmark will open its doors to the public, when the Soo Locks hosts its annual open house Soo Locks Engineers Day on Friday June 27, 2014. The day celebrates the engineers who built the Soo Locks along with the men and women of the past and present who maintain the Locks."

The International Lake Superior Board of Control will host a booth at the Corps' Soo Locks Engineer's Day on June27, 2014.

For more information on the event please visit this website:,-2014-313/


Low Water Levels Paper Release Event

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Toronto Region Board of Trade
77 Adelaide St. W., Toronto, ON


The Council of Great Lakes Region will be releasing a report called Low Water Blues: An Economic Assessment of Future Low Water Levels in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region on Thursday, June 26 at 7:30am in Toronto, Ontario.

**Acting Canadian Chair of the IJC, Gordon Walker, will be a participant in the panel discussion of this event.  



Jacquie Hoornweg, VP, Corporate Relations, Ontario Power Generation

Mark Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Council of the Great Lakes Region

Matthew Mendelsohn, Director, Mowat Centre, University of Toronto; Board Chair, Council of the Great Lakes Region


John Honderich, Chair of the Board, TorStar

Toby Heaps, CEO, Corporate Knights Inc.

Rod Jones, President and CEO, CSL Group (Canada Steamship Lines)

Dr. Gail Krantzberg, Professor and Director, Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, School of Engineering Practice, McMaster University

Gordon Walker, Commissioner and Acting Canadian Chair, International Joint Commission

David Sweetnam, Executive Director, Georgian Bay Forever


Laura Rosen Cohen,

Please note that breakfast will be served at 7:30am. Presentations will begin at 8:00am.

There is no cost for this event but we ask that you RSVP to reserve your place.

Public Meeting date: June 24, 2014

Place: Grand Hotel, Minot, ND

Time : 7:30 p.m. CDT

More details on the board website.

11th Annual Meeting & Conference
Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
June 18-20, 2014
Thunder Bay, ON

Thunder Bay 2014 will feature a dynamic conference agenda with fresh ideas around Navigating Change. Check back often for the full list of speakers and events that is currently evolving.



All Day  Registration (Vahalla Inn)
11:30 am to 1 pm Transportation to Prince Arthur's Landing (departing from Valhalla Inn front entrance) 
1 pm Legacy Project Launch/Media Conference (Prince Arthur’s Landing)
Afternoon GLSLCI Business Meetings (Prince Arthur’s Landing)
7 pm Dinner on your own (Waterfront area restaurant list provided)
7 pm to 12 am Transportation to Valhalla Inn (Departure from Prince Arthur's Landing)




7:30 am

Breakfast (Valhalla Inn, Scandia Room)

8 am

Transportation to Chippewa Park (Departure from Valhalla Inn front entrance) 

9 am

Opening Ceremonies (Thursday conference activities to be held at Chippewa Park

9:30 am

Keynote Address - Joel Scheraga, Senior Advisor for Climate Adaptation, USEPA

10 am

Panel 1 - Municipal Adaptation and Resiliency: Cities at the Forefront
In the wake of climate change and recent extreme weather events, municipalities have adapted. This panel aims to demonstrate innovative ideas and partnerships that lead to better preparedness and resilience to extreme weather events.

Confirmed moderator and panelists:
Mayor George Heartwell, Grand Rapids, MI, and member of the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
Mayor Keith Hobbs, Thunder Bay, ON
Brad Doff, Sustainability Coordinator (Acting), City of Thunder Bay
Heather Stirratt, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Jamie Favors, NASA-Develop Program

11 am

Sustainable Municipal Water Management Public Report Presentation
Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee, WI

11:15 am 

Break with exhibitors

11:30 am 

Panel 2 – Energy Transportation in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region

In light of recent events, from the Kalamazoo River spill to the Lac-Mégantic disaster and the debate over pipeline development in North America, this panel will discuss the transportation of fossil energies through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region and its impacts on municipalities.

Confirmed moderator and panelists:
Mayor Steve Arnold, St. Clair Township, ON
Andy Buchsbaum, Great Lakes Regional Executive Director - National Wildlife Federation
Dr. Ali Asgary, Associate Professor, Emergency Management, York University
Jim Donihee, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

12:30 pm


1:15 pm

Keynote Address - Amy Freeze, Meteorologist, WABC-TV (New York City)

1:45 pm Keynote Address - Gordon Walker, Commissioner and Acting Canadian Chair, International Joint Commission

2:15 pm

Panel 3 – Current and Emerging Issues for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities

Our lakes, river and region are constantly evolving and different issues arise on a regular basis, while others are always present. Different strategies to address these issues are also published every year. This panel addresses some of them as plastic pollution, nutrient loadings and shoreline issues are discussed.

Confirmed moderator and panelists:
Mayor Denis Lapointe, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC
Mike Goffin, Regional Director, Ontario Region - Environment Canada
Dr. Sherri "Sam" Mason, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Environmental Program Coordinator - State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia
Serge Villeneuve, Advisor, Scientific Integration - Environment Canada

3:15 pm

Break with exhibitors

3:30 pm  Student Conference Presentation

3:45 pm


Panel 4 - Cultural and Historical Heritage: An Influence Over the Entire Region
As we work towards shaping the present and the future of our region, this panel will look at the past and touch on the cultural and historical references found in the Lake Superior area and how they have impacted the whole Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region.

Confirmed moderator and panelists:
Mayor Debbie Amaroso, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Bill Skrepichuk, Lake Superior Maritime Historian
Bill Ross, Archaeologist, Ross Archaeological Research Associations and President - Canadian Archaeological Association
Dr. Scott Hamilton, Lakehead University

4:45 pm

Transportation to Valhalla Inn (Departure from Chippewa Park Pavillion)

5:45 pm

Transportation to Gala Dinner at Fort William Historical Park (Departure from Valhalla Inn front entrance)

6 pm

Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner (Fort William Historical Park)

9:30 -10:30 pm

Transportation to Valhalla Inn


7:30 am

Breakfast (Friday activities to take place at the Valhalla Inn, Scandia Room, until 10am)

8:30 am

Special Presentation: Marine Mammal Research and Education Group - John G. Shedd Aquarium

9:15 am

Closing Ceremonies and Presentation from 2015 Host

10 am

Tour Departure (Departure from Valhalla Inn entrance)

1-2 pm

Tour return to Valhalla Inn


International Lake Superior Board of Control Webinars
June 17, 2014
2pm EDT and 6pm EDT 


The International Lake Superior Board of Control (Board) invites you to participate in a
teleconference and webinar with the public on Tuesday afternoon, June 17, 2014 at 2 and/or 6 pm.

Everyone is invited to join in and listen to either or both Webinars to obtain updates about Board activities, current hydrological conditions, and ask any questions or provide comments you may have.

For more information please visit the following page:

You can consult the minutes of past meetings here :

"World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet."

For more information visit the World Environment Day website:

St. Croix River Watershed Board Public Meeting
June 3, 2014
6pm to 8pm
Washington County Community College 
One College Drive
Calais, Maine

The International St. Croix River Watershed Board invites you to attend their annual public meeting. Please take this opportunity to meet the IJC Canadian Commissioner, Hon. Benoit Bouchard and and US Commissioner Dereth Glance and provide your input to the IJC and the Board on St. Croix River issues. 

Bob Lent, Maine District Chief, USGS will provide a presentation on the on Spednic Lake studies. There will also be an overview of Board Activities, and information on planning for the Fall 2014 Science Forum.

For more information please visit the St. Croix Watershed Board website: