Volume 20, Issue 2, 1995
June/July 1995

The International Joint Commission is an independent international organization established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. Its purpose is to help prevent disputes over use of waters shared by Canada and the United States and to provide advice on questions of mutual concern when requested by the two federal governments. Three members are appointed by the President of the United States, with advice and approval of the Senate, and three by the Governor-in-Council of Canada, on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Claude Lanthier
Canadian Section Chair

Gordon W. Walker
James A. Macaulay
Thomas L. Baldini
U.S. Section Chair

Susan Bayh
Alice Chamberlin



  • Briefs
  • RapSheet
  • Perspective
  • Bookshelf
  • Events
  • Biennial Meeting Communities

    While it may seem otherwise, geography alone does not determine the site of the International Joint Commission's Biennial Meetings on Great Lakes Water Quality. Yes, the meetings are held in a wide variety of geographical sites around the basin, and rotate between U.S. and Canadian communities. But the Commission considers other elements in its choice as well. Most importantly, it looks for communities which, because of particular programs and local citizen leadership, can share with others innovative approaches to restoring and protecting the sweetwater seas. By bringing the Biennial Meeting to those communities, the Commission strives to help others learn about these approaches and, just as importantly, generate additional enthusiasm and momentum for each local community's efforts.

    This issue's articles highlight some of the reasons why we have taken our meeting to Hamilton, Toledo, Windsor and Cleveland, among others. Each article provides a glimpse of the creativity and commitment these communities have to enhancing their piece of the Great Lakes ecosystem. We are excited for Biennial Meeting participants to learn about several creative programs underway in the Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin area, and to help the Binational Program for Lake Superior to move forward toward its goals.

    You'll find the program and registration materials for this year's meeting in the center pullout section. The Local Planning Committee, and the Commission, are excited about the variety of issues and events to be presented at the meeting. We look forward to hearing your views on progress toward meeting the goals of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and encourage you to register early. See you in Duluth!

    FOCUS Staff:

    Sally Cole-Misch, Executive Editor
    Frank Bevacqua, Managing Editor
    Bruce Jamieson, Graphic Artist
    Marie Terrien, Conseil de rédaction
    Bev Croft, Columns Editor
    Geoffrey Thornburn, Perspectives Editor

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