For release: September 4, 2001
IJC Invites Comment on a Proposed Directive for a Combined Rainy Board
The International Joint Commission (IJC) is seeking public comment on a
for a new board which will combine its existing International Rainy
Lake Board of Control and International Rainy River Water Pollution Board.
The 1938 Rainy Lake Convention between the governments of the United States and
Canada gave the IJC the authority to determine when emergency high or low water
conditions exist in the Rainy Lake watershed and to regulate flows through the
dams at Kettle Falls and International Falls-Fort Frances in order to avoid
emergency conditions. The International Rainy Lake Board of Control was
established in 1941 to help the IJC carry out its duties under the Convention
The International Rainy River Water Pollution Board was established by the IJC
in 1966 to monitor water quality in the Rainy River, including compliance with
water quality objectives approved by the governments.
Over the past several years, the IJC has been moving toward a more integrated
approach in basins where it has both water quantity and water quality
responsibilities by combining its boards and asking them to adopt an
ecosystemic approach to their responsibilities. In the Rainy basin, the IJC
has worked closely with its two boards to bring their current responsibilities
under the umbrella of one board.
The IJC has prepared a draft directive for the proposed new International
Rainy Board and is inviting public comment. The draft directive can be seen by
visiting the IJC’s web site at www.ijc.org . Written comments on the directive,
or requests for copies, may be sent by October 5, 2001 to the addresses below:
The International Joint Commission was created under the Boundary Waters Treaty
of 1909 to help prevent and resolve disputes over the use of waters along the
Canada-United States boundary.