Publications

IJC publications contain both board and corporate documents, including reports, fact sheets, infographics, and presentations. Contractor reports are created on behalf of or in coordination with the IJC or its boards by a separate entity, including individuals, companies, and governments. Government reports are documents developed by US or Canadian local/provincial/state/federal government that are of interest to the IJC or board.

IJC Content

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2023 Consultant Report and Summary Letter In 2021, the IJC’s Water Quality Board launched the Manure Nutrient Management Collaborative (Collaborative) with representatives from agriculture, conservation, business, environmental science and government leaders, working toward protection of water...
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The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement charges the International Joint Commission, supported by its Great Lakes advisory boards, with several responsibilities including identification of emerging issues facing the Great Lakes. To help fulfill this responsibility the IJC’s Great Lakes Science...
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In 2023 the WQB, with a team of consultants, produced a report that collected and analyzed ecological, economic, social, political, demographic, technological and cultural data to identify key drivers and trends expected to influence the Great Lakes region over the next 30 years. From this, four...
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In the spring and summer of 2022, the Namakan Chain of Lakes1 and Rainy Lake reached the highest water levels on record. The flood was a natural disaster that lasted for many weeks. Rainy Lake reached record-breaking water levels, and Namakan Lake ranked as the third highest on record. Since 1949...
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This document serves as a high-level summary of the Water Levels Committee’s Post Flood Report. Read the full report.
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Following up on its 2019 report “ Use of Modeling Approaches to Affect Nutrient Management Through Adaptative Management”, this IJC Great Lakes Science Advisory Board-Research Coordination Committee report focuses on progress to date in implementing the Lake Erie Nutrient Adaptive Management...
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Microbial water quality concerns, both historic and emerging, impact human health throughout the Great Lakes region. The IJC’s Health Professionals Advisory Board, which provides advice to the IJC and its Boards, is working towards a comprehensive microbial source water quality assessment in part to...
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This white paper presents the results of a collaboration between the International Joint Commission’s Health Professionals Advisory Board and the Great Lakes Beach Association to assess the binational extent, experience and effects of Great Lakes Beach Sanitary Surveys in the United States and...
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The 139th semi-annual progress report to the International Joint Commission from the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board, covering the period from 1 September 2022 through 28 February 2023.
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Water Levels Committee: Pre-Spring Engagement - February 27, 2023 slide deck Base Flows Snowpack Temperature Overall Picture Long-Range forecasts and Climate
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This work plan identifies the priority activities to be carried out or initiated by the GLAM Committee in the period covering October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023. Tasks are focused on supporting Phase 2 of the expedited review of Plan 2014, with additional tasks to related to the Plan 2012...
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The Great Lakes Science Strategy for the Next Decade (the Science Strategy) summarizes the science gaps and related resource needs identified by hundreds of knowledge-holders convened by the International Joint Commission (IJC). This Summary Report provides an overview of the project and integrates...
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This work plan identifies the priority activities to be carried out or initiated by the GLAM Committee in the period covering October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. While these activities generally support the long-term adaptive management strategy (on-going review and evaluation) of regulation...
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The 138th semi-annual progress report to the International Joint Commission from the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board, covering the period from 1 March 2022 through 31 August 2022.
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Semi-annual report of progress from March 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022.
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Annex 10 (Science) of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement assigns the International Joint Commission (IJC) and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) a role in providing input to the Parties on priority science issues on a three year basis. This document summarizes the SAB’s advice to the Parties on...
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Welcome to the first edition of the Tri-Board Tribune, a quarterly newsletter designed by the Great Lakes Water Levels Boards of the International Joint Commission (IJC) to share information and articles related to the entire Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River basin and provide regional updates...
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Welcome to the first edition of the Tri-Board Tribune, a quarterly newsletter designed by the Great Lakes Water Levels Boards of the International Joint Commission to share information and articles related to the entire Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River basin and provide regional updates presented by...
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Welcome to the first edition of the Tri-Board Tribune, a quarterly newsletter designed by the Great Lakes Water Levels Boards of the International Joint Commission to share information and articles related to the entire Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River basin and provide regional updates presented by...
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About Water Quality Board Watching Briefs The Great Lakes Water Quality Board (WQB) develops watching briefs for the purpose of summarizing significant developments, events and information in a factual manner on specific, defined topic areas. They are periodically updated and serve to keep the WQB...
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To the Official Compilation Order Prescribing the Method of Regulating the Levels of Boundary Waters dated September 13, 2018
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In 2021 the WQB produced a report (updated August 2023) on the topic of decommissioning nuclear power plants in the Great Lakes basin, which identified potential opportunities in the decommissioning process to reduce threats to the Great Lakes environment. The WQB recommends binational alignment of...
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The 137th semi-annual progress report to the International Joint Commission from the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board, covering the period from 1 September 2021 through 28 February, 2022.
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Semi-annual report of progress from 1 September, 2021 through February 28, 2022.
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