International Joint Commission
United States and Canada

For Release: November 9, 2004

IJC releases International Missisquoi Bay Task Force Report
and schedules public hearings

The International Joint Commission (IJC) today released the report of its International Missisquoi Bay Task Force and scheduled public hearings to receive comment on the report.

In May of this year, the Canadian and United States federal governments asked the IJC to review plans by the State of Vermont to modernize the Alburg-Swanton Bridge, involving the partial removal of the existing causeway, and to provide advice on whether the plans comply with Article IV of the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. Article IV states, in part, that "boundary waters and waters flowing across the boundary shall not be polluted on either side to the injury of health or property on the other."

In June, the IJC appointed an International Missisquoi Bay Task Force with members from the two federal governments, the state of Vermont and province of Quebec. IJC Commissioners and the Task Force held public consultation sessions in Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville, Quebec and Swanton, Vermont in August. After reviewing the full range of available information, the Task Force reported to the IJC in October. Following the scheduled public hearings, the IJC will prepare its final report to the governments of the United States and Canada.

All interested organizations and citizens are invited to speak at the public hearings to be held at the following times and locations:

Monday, December 6, 2004 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Centre des Loisirs, 1 rue Tourangeau in Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville, Quebec. Tuesday, December 7, 2004 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Missisquoi Valley Union High School, 100 Thunderbird Drive,Swanton, Vermont.

As time will be limited, speakers are encouraged to highlights their comments at the public hearings and provide more detailed comments in writing. Written comments may also be sent to either address below for receipt by January 4, 2005:

Secretary, Canadian Section
234 Laurier Avenue West, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6K6
Fax: (613) 993-5583
Voice: (613) 995-2984
Secretary, United States Section
1250 23rd Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20440
Fax: (202) 467-0746
Voice: (202) 736-9024

The International Joint Commission is an international organization established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. It assists the governments in managing waters along the border for the benefit of both countries in a variety of ways including examining issues referred to it by the two federal governments.

More information, including the full text of the International Missisquoi Bay Task Force Report, may be found on the Commission’s web site, at


Canada Nick Heisler (613) 992-8367
United States Frank Bevacqua (202) 736-9024
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