For Release July 4, 1997
International Joint Commission to Establish Task Force to
Investigate Red River Flooding
The federal governments of both Canada and the
United States have written to the International Joint Commission
(the Commission) asking it to examine and report on the causes
and effects of the flooding in the Red River basin and to make
recommendations on the means of reducing future risks from
the formal request for our involvement, we can now proceed to
appoint a Task Force"
said Leonard Legault, Chairman of the Canadian Section of the
will bring together a group of individuals with backgrounds that
touch on every element of the situation that needs to be looked
The Task Force will draw upon the experience and
skills of many people from provincial, state and local
governments, community organizations, businesses and private
citizens. Once assembled, the Task Force will conduct inquiries
for the Commission which will hold public meetings in both the
United States and Canada.
Commission has been asked to consider all aspects of flooding and
to report to the governments by the end of 1998," said Tom
Baldini, Chairman of the United States Section of the Commission.
" This will include
flood forecasting, flood controls, emergency preparedness, land
use practices and related issues."
The International Joint Commission is a
binational Canada-United States 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. It has built its reputation by producing cooperation
among a variety of interests on both sides of the border.
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