May 1, 2008
International Joint Commission announces its next Biennial Meeting will be held in Windsor, Ontario, October 7-8, 2009
Windsor—The IJC’s next Biennial Meeting will take place on October 7-8, 2009, in Windsor, Ontario. The meetings will be held at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts.
The IJC holds a Biennial Meeting every two years to hear from scientists and the public about issues relating to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and to assist the Commission with preparing its Biennial Report on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. These reports assess the governments’ progress in meeting the goals of the Agreement to restore the physical, biological and chemical integrity of the Great Lakes waters. The upcoming meeting in Windsor will assist the IJC in preparing its 15th Biennial Report.
The International Joint Commission was established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help prevent and resolve disputes by the United States and Canada over the use of the waters they share.
Under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the Commission is charged with making a full report to the federal, state and provincial governments in the Great Lakes basin every two years on progress toward achieving the general and specific objectives of the Agreement.