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

Join us for the first International Joint Commission Triennial Meeting under the new Great Lakes Quality Agreement. This important session will serve as the first public consultation regarding the Commission’s draft Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority (LEEP) Report. The meeting will include a short presentation about the LEEP findings and recommendations and the panel discussion with top scientists, independent experts, and stakeholders. Learn about the panellists here. The meeting agenda can be found here.

 

If you’re attending Great Lakes Week in Milwaukee, make sure to join us for breakfast and be a part of solving the algae crisis on Lake Erie!

 

The meeting is September 10 from 8:00-9:45 am at the Crystal Ballroom - Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Admission is free, but registration is required.

 

Register here.

 

 Due to technical difficulties, the call-in telephone line for teleconference on the July 24 did not function. The IJC offers sincere apologies to anyone who was not able to participate. 

 

You are invited to join a teleconference with Commissioners to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
7:00 pm (EDT)
Teleconference Number: 1-877-413-4814
Participant code: 8407217#

 

The teleconference will begin with opening remarks and will be followed by comments from participants. Participants are asked to limit their comments to three minutes to allow everyone the opportunity to speak.

 

For more information please click here.

Open House, 1:30 pm
Public Meeting, 2:30 pm
Cascade Room, Best Western, 470 1st Avenue South, Kenora, ON



Check out the Activities page on the board website here.

You are invited to our August 21, 2013 public teleconference

WHAT: The regulation of Lake Superior outflows and water levels

WHEN: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 3:00 to 5:00 pm EDT. 

CALL-IN: 877-413-4781, PIN code 736 879 4 #; please dial in between 2:45 and 2:55

For more information, see:

For more information please visit the Board's activities page.

Open House, 6:30 pm
Public Meeting, 7:30 pm
The Theater, Rainy River Community College, 1501 Hwy 71, International Falls, MN

 

 

Check out the Activities page on the board website here.

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here.

International Souris River Board public open house

You are invited to join a teleconference with Commissioners to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation. 

Wedneday, July 24, 2013

7:00 pm (EDT)

   1-888-772-5578

 

The teleconference will begin with a opening remarks and will be followed by comments from participants. Participants are asked to limit their comments to 3 minutes to allow everyone the opportunity to speak. The teleconference will be recorded and included in the IJC's record of public comment.

You are invited to join a webcast with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

See the agenda for Toronto's technical hearing: Agenda

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

You are invited to attend a public hearing with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

You are invited to join a webcast with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

See the live webcast here: https://webcasts.welcome2theshow.com/ijcmontreal

See the agenda for Toronto's technical hearing: Agenda

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

You are invited to attend a public hearing with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

You are invited to join a webcast with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

See the live webcast here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1447444/events/2255149

See the agenda for Toronto's technical hearing: Agenda

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

You are invited to attend a public hearing with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

You are invited to join a webcast with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

See the live webcast here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1447444/events/2255149

See the agenda for Toronto's technical hearing: Agenda

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

You are invited to attend a public hearing with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

You are invited to attend a public hearing with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

You are invited to join a webcast with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

See the live webcast here: https://webcasts.welcome2theshow.com/ijctoronto

See the agenda for Toronto's technical hearing: Agenda

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

You are invited to attend a public hearing with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

The International Joint Commission (IJC) is inviting the public to comment on a proposal for managing the water levels and flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River that will continue to contribute to the economic health of communities throughout the basin while improving the long-term ecological health of Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River.

Since 1960, the IJC has managed the flow of water at the Moses-Saunders hydropower dam, located on the St Lawrence River between Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, New York. The management of water flows influences water levels on Lake Ontario and in the St Lawrence River as far downstream as Lake St. Pierre. Although water levels and flows are primarily determined by precipitation, snowpack and storms,   water flow management has provided substantial benefits to the region. These include reducing flooding and erosion on the Lake Ontario shoreline, reducing flooding downstream, and providing more favorable conditions on the lake and river for water intakes, recreational boating, commercial navigation and hydroelectric power production.

The IJC is proposing to manage water levels with fewer negative environmental impacts on Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River. Extensive research shows the policies developed in the 1950s have restricted water levels to the extent of degrading coastal wetlands on Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River. This degradation impacts the health of native plants, birds, fish and other animals. While continuing to reduce extreme high and low water levels, the water management proposal would allow more natural water level patterns on Lake Ontario while retaining benefits downstream. This is expected to improve wetland health on Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River on a scale larger than any restoration actions taken to date.

Commissioners invite the public to attend and present comments at public hearings that will be held the following dates and locations:

Public Hearing Schedule – July, 2013

Sunday 14

6:00pm  – 9:00 pm

Monday 15

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday 16

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday 17

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Thursday 18

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday  19

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lockport, NY
Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4-H Training Center 4487 Lake Avenue

Jordan, ON
Ramada Beacon Harbourside Hotel & Suites

Harbour Sanderson Rm.
2793 Beacon Blvd.

Williamson, NY

Williamson Central High School

Auditorium

5891 Route 21

Alexandria Bay, NY

Bonnie Castle

31 Holland St

Montreal, QC
Best Western Plus Hotel Europa

Mont Blanc Room

1240 Drummond St.

**Simultaneous interpretation available**

Cornwall, ON

Ramada Inn

St. Lawrence West Room

805 Brookdale Ave

**Simultaneous interpretation available**


People attending the public hearings who wish to provide oral comments will need to register to speak at the hearing.  Registration will be available on-site starting 30 minutes before the start time of each hearing. Speakers are asked to limit prepared comments to three minutes so as many as possible have an opportunity to speak.

Commissioners are also holding technical hearings. Participation is by invitation of the Commission. Members of the public may attend the technical hearings as observers.

Technical Hearing Schedule – July 2013

Monday 15

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday 16

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wednesday 17

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Thursday 18

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Friday  19

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Toronto, ON

Courtyard Marriott

475 Yong Street

*Webcast link* 

Rochester, NY

Hyatt Regency

Ballroom AB

125 E. Main St.

Oswego, NY

Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center

70 East 1st Street

Montreal, QC

Best Western Plus Hotel Europa

Mont Blanc Room

1240 Drummond St.

Cornwall Island

Tri-District Elders Lodge

Main Hall

12 Community Centre Rd.

 

Written comments and other documents may be submitted at the public information sessions, through the Comments section of ijc.org/en_/losl or by regular mail to either of the following addresses:

International Joint Commission 
Secretary, U.S. Section 
2000 L Street, NW Suite #615
Washington, DC 20440 

International Joint Commission Secretary, Canadian Section 
234 Laurier Avenue W, 22nd Floor 
Ottawa, ON K1P 6K6 

 

 

 

Comments received by August 30, 2013 will be included in the record of public comment. The International Joint Commission was established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help the United States and Canada prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the waters the two countries share.  Its responsibilities include considering applications for projects that affect the natural levels and flows of boundary waters. 

You are invited to attend a public hearing with the IJC to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation.

Visit the Proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation page here.

You are invited to join a teleconference with Commissioners to express your views about the IJC's proposal for Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Regulation. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

7:00 pm (EDT)

1-888-772-5578

 

The teleconference will begin with a opening remarks and will be followed by comments from participants. Participants are asked to limit their comments to 3 minutes to allow everyone the opportunity to speak. The teleconference will be recorded and included in the IJC's record of public comment. 

Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here.

Every year, the annual meeting and conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative brings together municipal, provincial, state and federal officials, along with their staff, concerned citizens and many other stakeholders. This event is the perfect opportunity to discuss issues and solutions to ensure the protection, restoration and promotion of an invaluable resource – the Great lakes and St. Lawrence River. This basin is home to 40 million people, and the resource contributes to the economic well- being and quality of life of all of them. http://www.marquette2013.com/

WEDNESDAY JUNE 19th

Afternoon

Cities Initiative Regional and Member Meetings (members only, Landmark Inn)
 

THURSDAY JUNE 20th

Breakfast at hotels

8:30am – 12:00pm (Panels and keynote address will all take place at the Marquette Regional History Center, 144 W. Spring. St.)

Welcome and Message from Senator Carl Levin (MI)

PANELS: Great Lakes Economy
An essential element of the sustainability formula is a strong, open and diverse economy. As we have learned once again during the recent recession, there are special challenges and opportunities in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region that must be recognized. These two panels will highlight some of the current issues of greatest interest in the basin, and provide ideas for cities and stakeholders to take back with them and apply in their home regions.

  • Mining and Natural Resource Extraction
  • Economic Engagement

12:00pm-1:30pm

Lunch (Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring St.)

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Keynote Address – Richard M. Daley – Former Mayor (1989-2011), City of Chicago

PANEL: Climate Change
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, and our own storms in Duluth, Goderich, and Thunder Bay, many communities have realized that they may not be prepared for the change in climate and extreme weather events that is occurring and is expected to continue unabated. This session will explore the impacts that changing climate and weather are having on some of our member cities and what actions they are taking in response. It will also demonstrate a method of assessing the anticipated economic costs to municipalities and economic sectors that are sensitive to changes in climate Finally, in order to better prepare our members for the changes to come, the Cities Initiative will present details of its climate resiliency and adaptation services.

PANEL: Shoreline Mayors Take Action
Our towns and cities meet the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and their tributaries at the shoreline. If that shoreline is covered in algae, is eroding, or is twenty feet further out than it was last season, that changes the community’s relationship with their nearshore waters, and can have a dramatic effect on a municipality’s recreational and economic activity. This session will profile three mayor- led initiatives underway to address nutrient run-off, shoreline protection, and record low water levels in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence.

6:00pm – 9:00pm

GALA RECEPTION AND DINNER
Gala reception and dinner will take place in the Arabesque Tent at Mattson Lower Harbor Park, on the shores of Lake Superior. Dinner will be followed by a performance at the Lake Superior Boat House.


FRIDAY JUNE 21st

Breakfast at hotels

9:00am – 11:00am (1:00pm)

EDUCATIONAL TOURS

  • Rio Tinto Mine (4 hour tour)
  • Waterfront Revitalization and Restoration Projects
  • Maritime: Maritime museum, Historic lighthouse and new Coast Guard Facility

http://ijc.org/boards/iscrwb/activities/

The International Joint Commission (IJC) International St. Croix River Watershed Board (Board) is holding its annual public meeting on the evening of June 17th, Monday 2013 at 6:00 pm Eastern time, 7:00 pm Atlantic time  Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 9, 43 Queen Street West, St. Stephen, NB. 

The IJC Commissioners Rich Moy and Co-Chairs Bill Appleby and Colonel Charles Samaris welcome the St. Croix River basin residents, users and other interested parties to attend this meeting. 

The meeting will include a presentation of the Board’s annual report and time for public comment.  Jonathan Carr, Atlantic Salmon Federation is the featured speaker and will provide an informational presentation on Alewife, life history and challenges. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Barbara Blumeris

Nadine Mackay

Telephone: (978) 318-8737

Telephone: (902) 426-2234

barbara.r.blumeris@usace.army.mil   

nadine.mackay@ec.gc.ca