For Release: April 17 th , 2000
International Joint Commission Releases Report on Red River Flooding
The International Joint Commission (IJC) today released the final report of its International Red River Basin Task Force The Next Flood: Getting Prepared , which examines issues related to the flood of 1997 and actions required to be better prepared for floods of a similar magnitude in the future. The report makes recommendations on flood management, communities at risk, preparedness and resiliency, data and decision support needs, and institutional mechanisms for better flood management.
The Task Force report provides advice to the IJC for its consideration in responding to the 1997 request from the governments of Canada and the United States that the IJC investigate means to reduce, mitigate and prevent harm from future flooding in the Red River Basin. The report presents results of studies and investigations outlined in the Task Force's December 1997 Interim Report on Red River Flooding.
The IJC will be convening public hearings at the times and locations listed below. These hearings will allow interested groups and individuals to provide the IJC with comments on the report and the recommendations of the Task Force prior to the IJC preparing its final report to the governments on the 1997 reference. All interested persons are invited to attend.
7:00 p.m., Monday, May 15, 2000
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2000
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2000
The IJC 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 in a variety of ways including examining issues referred to it by the two federal governments.
More information, including the full text of the Task Force's report, may be found on the Commission's web site at www.ijc.org, or from the Commission's offices.