December 16, 2003

IJC adds local members to Rainy Lake Board

Washington, December 16, 2003 - The International Joint Commission (IJC) announced today that it is adding two members to its International Rainy Lake Board of Control to give a stronger voice to local communities within the basin on both sides of the border and allow them to participate directly in the work of the board.

Mr. Steven M. Richardson of Devlin, Ontario and Mr. Leland H. Grim of International Falls, Minnesota have been appointed to fill these two new positions, doubling the size of the board to four members.

Mr. Richardson has served as a firefighter for 21 years, including 10 years in management positions. As Chief of the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service, he has been instrumental in resolving labor relations issues, reinvigorating prevention and public education programs, and coordinating activities with the fire and emergency management service in International Falls, Minnesota. In 2000, he was appointed by the Ontario Government as Fire Coordinator for the District of Rainy River.

Mr. Grim taught science at Rainy River Junior College for 33 years and worked as a seasonal employee in Voyagers National Park for 31 summers. He was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Minnesota Environmental Education Board for four years. Currently Mr. Grim runs a biologist consulting service and works six months a year for Voyageurs National Park.

Commissioner Allen Olson stated that "the IJC welcomes the direct participation by local communities in the work of the board."

Commissioner Robert Gourd, added that "these two individuals are respected within their communities and well positioned to increase communication between the board and the communities."

The International Joint Commission regulates the levels of Rainy and Namakan Lakes under the 1938 Rainy Lake Convention between the Governments of Canada and the United States. The International Rainy Lake Board of Control was established in 1941 to conduct technical investigations for the IJC and ensure that the regulation of Rainy Lake and Namakan Lake outflows is in compliance with the IJC's Orders. The IJC also monitors water quality in the Rainy River, including compliance with water quality objectives approved by the governments. For more information, visit our website at www.ijc.org.

Frank Bevacqua Washington, D.C. 202-736-9024
Fabien Lengellé Ottawa, ON 613-995-0088