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Release date: January 6th, 2000

IJC Adopts Supplementary Order for Rainy and Namakan Lakes

On November 29, 1999, the International Joint Commission (IJC) issued a notice of intent that invited public comments on a draft Supplementary Order for Rainy and Namakan Lakes water levels and outflows. The notice also stated the Commission's intention to issue an Order based on this draft early in January, 2000. The IJC found no compelling reason not to move forward, and consequently the IJC issued its Supplementary Order on January 6, 2000.

For more information, including the IJC Supplementary Order, visit www.ijc.org on the World Wide Web. Copies of the Order and accompanying documentation are also available upon request at the addresses below:

Secretary, Canadian Section
234 Laurier Avenue West
22nd floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6K6
Fax 613.993.5583
Commission@ottawa.ijc.org
Secretary, United States Section
1250 23rd Street NW
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20440
Fax 202.736.9015
Commission@washington.ijc.org

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. Under the Rainy Lake Convention of 1938, the Commission also sets the outflow from Rainy and Namakan Lakes to prevent them from reaching emergency high and low water conditions.

Contacts:
Frank Bevacqua Washington, D.C. (202) 736-9024
Fabien Lengellé Ottawa, Ontario (613) 995-0088
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