For Release: September 9, 1997
International Joint Commission Names
International Red River Basin Task Force
The International Joint Commission has appointed an International Red River Basin Task Force
to undertake a binational investigation of flooding in the Red River basin.
In June, the Governments of the United States and Canada asked the Commission to report on
the causes and effects of damaging floods in the Red River basin, and to recommend ways to
reduce and prevent harm from future flooding. A copy of the terms of reference is attached.
The Commission was asked to examine a full range of management options, including structural
measures (such as building design and construction, basin storage, ring dykes, etc.) and
non-structural measures (such as floodplain management, flood forecasting, emergency
preparedness and response, etc.), and to identify weaknesses in preparedness and response that
could be addressed to improve flood management in the future. The request from the
Governments also asked the Commission to look into how the two countries could better
cooperate to address flooding in the Red River basin.
In order to better respond to the broad scope of the request, the Commission has appointed Task
Force members from a variety of backgrounds in public policy and water resources management.
A full list of the membership is attached.
The Commission's response to the Governments will also be based on consultation with people
within the Red River basin. Initial consultation activities will be announced in the near future.
The Governments requested an interim report by the end of 1997, identifying measures that could
be implemented in the near term, and a final report by the end of 1998.
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 shared by the two countries for the benefit of both.
For more information about the work of the Commission, visit the Commission's site on the
World Wide Web at www.ijc.org(.)
International Joint Commission
Red River Basin Task Force
Mr. Bruce Rawson, Co-director|
Mr. Donald W. Herndon, Co-director|
Director of Programs Management
Mississippi Valley Division/Mississippi River Commission
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mr. Dwight A. Williamson|
Manager, Water Quality Management Section
Mr. David A. Sprynczynatyk|
North Dakota State Engineer
North Dakota State Water Commission
Bismarck, North Dakota
Dr. Slobodan P. Simonovic|
Director and Professor
Natural Resources Institute
University of Manitoba
Mr. Kent Lokkesmoe|
Director, Division of Waters
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
St. Paul, Minnesota
Mr. Robert A. Halliday|
Director, National Hydrology Research Institute
Dr. Jay A. Leitch|
Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics
North Dakota State University
Fargo, North Dakota
Mr. Larry James Whitney|
Manager, Water Planning and Development
Manitoba Department of Natural Resources
Mr. Craig S. Wingo|
Deputy Associate Director, Mitigation Directorate
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Revised: 11 September 1997
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