For Release: May 11, 1999
IJC to hold public hearings on
Orders for Rainy and Namakan Lakes
The International Joint Commission (IJC) will hold a public hearing on the review of its Orders
for Rainy and Namakan Lakes prior to deciding on whether to amend the Orders.
The IJC has received a draft final report from its International Rainy Lake Board of Control
making recommendations on the management of Rainy and Namakan Lake water levels based on
the Board's assessment of hydraulic modeling, inflow forecasting, flood risk, fisheries,
environmental data, economic and social factors, and downstream impacts. The report is
available from the Board's web site at the following address on the Internet:
The review was initiated by the IJC in April 1995, after considering the views expressed at a
public hearing on November 10, 1994, and advice from its International Rainy Lake Board of
Control. In December 1993, the Rainy Lake and Namakan Reservoir International Steering
Committee requested that the IJC amend its Orders to benefit fish and wildlife, and to achieve
The public hearing will be held at the following time and place:
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Written comments may also be submitted by July 30, 1999 to either of the following addresses:
Wednesday, July 7, 1999
La Place Rendez-Vous Hotel
1201 Idylwild Dr.
Fort Frances, Ontario
|Secretary, Canadian Section
100 Metcalfe Street, 18th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5M1
|Secretary, United States Section
1250 23rd Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20440
The International Joint Commission is an independent international organization established
under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. Three members are appointed by the President of the
United States and three by the Canadian Governor General in Council. The IJC's Orders for
Rainy and Namakan Lakes were issued pursuant to the 1938 Rainy Lake Convention.