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

Upcoming Meetings

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

The International Lake Superior Board of Control invites members of the public to participate in a teleconference‚Äźwebinar 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

Recent Meetings

The IJC is hosting a series of public open houses to share the major findings and recommendations of its draft Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority (LEEP) report and receive comments on the report.

 

This public open house session will have poster presentation period from 6-6:30pm, followed by a comment period of 6:30-8:30pm.


Minutes of previous IJC meetings can be found here.

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.