International Joint Commission to Hold Hearings on
OTTAWA, January 3, 2003
Joint Commission (IJC) announced today it will hold a series of public hearings
to obtain comment from the public on action taken by governments on the issue
of water uses in the
basin before reporting to the Governments of Canada and
Great Lakes Basin
States. The hearings are scheduled to take place at the following
dates and locations:
January 20, 2003
55 John Street
January 21, 2003
140 East Walton Place
3 & 7 p.m.
February 3, 2003
Queen Elizabeth Hotel
900 René-Lévesque blvd.
Room St. Maurice
The IJC published a comprehensive
Protection of the Waters of the Great Lakes
In that report the IJC recommended that it review the issue after three
years to provide an
on how matters had changed
over that period of time. In late 2000 the governments subsequently
In June of last year, the Commission appointed the
International Water Uses Review Task Force to assist it in carrying out the
The Task Force
reviewed the many technical, policy and legal developments that have taken
place in the basin and reviewed actions taken by federal, state and provincial
authorities to address the issues raised in the Commission’s 2000 report.
The Task Force has now completed
its work and submitted its report to the Commission.
That report is available on the Commission’s
for report in PDF format)
Hard copies of the report are also
available from either one of the Commission’s offices listed below. The report
of the Task Force represents the views and analysis of the Task Force and not
necessarily the views of the Commission. The Commission will prepare its report
to governments based on its own analysis, the report of the Task Force, and
comments received concerning the Task Force report and other related matters.
In addition to the public hearings
listed above, the IJC invites all interested parties to submit written comment
on this investigation to the addresses below:
Due to the security clearing of
mail, communications with the IJC’s
office should be by fax or email to ensure timely receipt.
It would be most helpful if written comments were received by
February 10, 2003
The International Joint Commission
is a binational Canada-U.S. organization established by the Boundary Waters
Treaty of 1909. It assists the governments in managing waters along the border
for the benefit of both countries in a variety of ways including examining
issues referred to it by the two federal governments.
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