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The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board (Board) is seeking your input. The Board would like to collect information specifically related to the reduced outflows from Lake Ontario October 7 through October 10, 2022 to support boat haul out and learn more about where people access the...
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Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids, please be advised that a higher than customary gate setting will be maintained this winter to minimize the impacts of ongoing maintenance at Evolugen’s Clergue hydropower facility in Canada. The gates of the Compensating Works at the head of the St...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) submitted its recommendations to the Canadian and United States’ governments about the reduction of risks and potential solutions to flooding in the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River basin. After over 5 years of extensive research, collaboration and engagement...
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Climatological conditions within the Okanagan/Okanogan and Similkameen River basins varied during 2022, with the greatest impacts related to a cool spring leading to delayed snowmelt and a delayed freshest peak at Osoyoos Lake. While near-normal temperatures prevailed at the start of 2022...
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Winnipeg, MB.—The International Red River Watershed Board (IRRWB) will be hosting an in-person public open house meeting during the Red River Basin Commission’s Annual Conference on Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. CST. The IRRWB assists the International Joint Commission...
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The International Joint Commission’s (IJC), International St. Croix River Watershed Board invites you to attend a virtual public meeting on January 24th at 6 pm Eastern (7 pm Atlantic). The Board assists the IJC with general oversight of the shared St. Croix River boundary waters between Maine and...
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Higher than customary gate setting will be maintained this winter to minimize the impacts of ongoing maintenance at the Canadian hydropower facility. The gates of the Compensating Works at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be maintained at an equivalent of two gates fully open (Gates #6 through...
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The IJC issued a Temporary Order of Approval on December 20, 2022, to allow for installation of 21 of the 22 sections of the Niagara River ice boom. NYPA installed 21 spans of the ice boom this ice season leaving out the last span of the ice boom located nearest to the Canadian shore. The...
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Installation of the ice boom for the 2022-2023 ice season is scheduled to begin Friday December 16, weather permitting.
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Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids, please be advised that a higher than customary gate setting will be maintained this winter to minimize the impacts of ongoing maintenance at the Canadian hydropower facility. The gates of the Compensating Works at the head of the St. Marys Rapids have...
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Note: Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, the gate adjustments will occur on November 23 and 28. It was previously reported that the initial gate movements would occur today, on November 21, but these adjustments have been postponed to November 23.
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Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids are advised that the gate setting of the Compensating Works structure at the head of the Rapids will be adjusted on November 21 and again on November 28, 2022.
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To continue improving water quality in the Red River basin, including downstream in Lake Winnipeg, the governments of Canada and the United States approved four additional water quality objectives to be monitored by the International Red River Watershed Board (IRRWB) following a recommendation by...
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Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids, please be advised that the St. Marys Rapids flows and water levels will remain above average in November. The gate setting of the Compensating Works will remain at the current setting equivalent to approximately six gates fully open.
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The International Kootenay Lake Board of Control is releasing an Information Paper which includes information about Kootenay Lake to support potential future research. The paper was used to inform the board’s decision of whether to recommend an International Joint Commission (IJC) review of its 1938...
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Osoyoos Lake Board of Control public meeting: Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 6:30-8 p.m. (PDT) The International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control is holding its annual public meeting at the Oroville High School in Oroville, Washington, at 6:30 p.m. (PDT) on October 26. There also will be an option to...
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Correction: the location of the October 24 meeting was updated. The International St. Mary and Milk Rivers Study Board will be holding two public town hall meetings in late October. All are welcome to attend. The purpose of these meetings is to update the public on the study’s progress to date, as...
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Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids, please be advised that the St. Marys Rapids flows and water levels will remain above average in October. Some recreational trails and features in these areas will likely be flooded, and users are encouraged to use extreme caution.
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The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board will temporarily reduce outflows from Lake Ontario at the Moses Saunders Dam from noon on Friday, October 7th through noon on Monday, October 10th to reach a target water level of about 73.10 meters (239.83 ft.) on Lake St. Lawrence at Long...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) has extended the public comment period for the International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board’s final report on flooding in the basin until Oct. 14, 2022. The report investigated the causes, impacts, risks and potential solutions to flooding in the...
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Due to Lake Ontario water levels decreasing and falling below the Criterion H14 threshold this week, the International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board now has the authority to implement deviations from plan-prescribed flows beginning September 24.
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Today, the International Joint Commission (IJC) launches its efforts to gather public feedback on the Canadian and United States governments’ latest actions to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes water quality. The IJC is collecting public input through virtual and in-person engagement...
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The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board plans to temporarily reduce outflows from Lake Ontario to increase water levels on Lake St. Lawrence the second weekend of October. These efforts will provide marinas and shoreline dock owners an opportunity at the end of the season to remove...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is welcoming public input on the International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board’s final report until September 30, 2022. The Report investigated the causes, impacts, risks and potential solutions to flooding in the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River...
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (PDT) The International Kootenay Lake Board of Control will hold its annual public meeting at the Best Western Kootenai River Inn Casino in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, at 7:00 p.m. (PDT) on October 5. There will also be the option to participate virtually. The...
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As of Wednesday, September 7, the St. Marys Rapids flow is expected to be approximately 931 cubic metres per second (m3/s) (32.9 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)). As a result, some recreational trails and features in these areas will likely be flooded, and users are encouraged to use extreme...
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The three Great Lakes Boards will host joint webinars in English and French on August 30 and 31, respectively from 5:30 to 6:30 pm EDT. Information shared will include current and forecast conditions within the Great Lakes basin.
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The three Great Lakes Boards will host joint webinars in English and French on August 30 and 31, respectively from 5:30 to 6:30 pm EDT. Information shared will include current and forecast conditions within the Great Lakes basin.
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The three Great Lakes Boards will host joint webinars in English and French on August 30 and 31, respectively from 5:30 to 6:30 pm EDT. Information shared will include current and forecast conditions within the Great Lakes basin.
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After five years of US-Canadian collaboration and research, the International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board (the Board) submitted its final report and recommendations to the International Joint Commission. The Report investigated the causes, impacts, risks and potential solutions to...
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After five years of US-Canadian collaboration and research, the International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board (the Board) submitted its final report and recommendations to the International Joint Commission. The Report investigated the causes, impacts, risks and potential solutions to...
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As part of its ongoing public consultation process, the International St. Mary and Milk Rivers Study Board (ISMMRSB) is holding a virtual webinar on August 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM MT to outline its draft work plan and provide the public with an opportunity to share their feedback directly with the Board...
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The end of the freshet in the Kootenay Lake basin occurred August 6, when the lake level at the Nelson gauge dropped below 1,743.32 feet or 531.36 meters (Figure 1). The rule curve for Kootenay Lake as outlined in the International Joint Commission (IJC) 1938 Order of Approval will now be measured...
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The International Rainy River-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board is holding community listening sessions Aug. 10-11 in Fort Frances and International Falls.
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As of Friday, August 5, the St. Marys Rapids flow is expected to be approximately 923 cubic meters per second (m3/s) (32.6 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)). At these flows, some flooding of low-lying areas including recreation trails on Whitefish Island is expected, and everyone is encouraged...
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Regulation of Osoyoos Lake by the Zosel Dam has resumed now that Osoyoos Lake levels have returned to within the rule curve. On July 27, the Osoyoos Lake level declined below an elevation of 912 feet (277.97 meters), the upper limit of the rule curve as defined by Condition 7 of the International...
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The International St. Mary and Milk Rivers Study Board (ISMMRSB) is welcoming public input on its work plan. The work plan describes the history leading up to the St. Mary and Milk Rivers study and the study’s objectives. It explains how the ISMMRSB intends to conduct its work and achieve its...
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Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids, please be advised that the St. Marys Rapids flows and water levels will increase in July. As of Wednesday July 6, the St. Marys Rapids flow is expected to be approximately 786 cubic meters per second (m 3 /s) (27.8 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs...
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The level of Osoyoos Lake reached 913 feet (278.3 meters) on June 23 in response to runoff within the Okanagan/Okanogan and Similkameen basins during the spring freshet (Figure 1). At this elevation of Osoyoos Lake, some beaches along the shoreline are inundated and wind or boat-generated waves may...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is very pleased to announce that Ms. Heather Stirratt has accepted the position of Director of the Commission’s Great Lakes Regional Office (GLRO) and will lead the binational regional office for the next four years. Heather has over 27 years of professional...
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The International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board (Study Board) has published a new technical report, Development of a Binational Flood Forecasting and Real-time Flood Plain Mapping System for Operational Implementation as part of its multi-year study into finding solutions to flooding in...
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Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids, please be advised of the increased flows and water levels that will be experienced in the Rapids in June. After the Compensating Works gate movements scheduled for Monday June 6, the St. Marys Rapids flow is expected to be approximately 720 cubic...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is seeking public comments related to NB Power’s intent to decommission the Milltown Generating Station and associated removal of the Milltown dam. The dam is located near the mouth of the St. Croix River between Calais, Maine, and St. Stephen, New Brunswick...
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The spring freshet in the Okanagan/Okanogan and Similkameen basins has started, but unseasonably cold temperatures this spring have limited snowmelt and runoff. High-elevation snow pillow gauges at Blackwall Peak in the Similkameen Basin (at an elevation of 1,940 meters or 6,365 feet) and Mission...
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The International Souris River Board (ISRB) will hold a public meeting on June 14, 2022 from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm CDT in the King Edward Room, Souris Hotel in Souris, MB. There is opportunity to tour nearby restoration activities during the day on June 14 prior to the public meeting in the evening. The...
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The International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board has published a new technical report, A Strategy for Addressing Climate Uncertainty Affecting Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Flooding. As part of the study board’s work identifying the causes and recommending solutions to the impacts of...
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Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids are advised that on Wednesday morning, May 11, 2022, Gates #9 through #12 will be raised from their current position to a setting of 33 cm (13 in) open for the remainder of the month. Gates #7 and #8 will remain at their current setting of 20 cm (8 in)...
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Extremely high flow conditions have developed across the Rainy River watershed, including flows into Namakan Lake and Rainy Lake, following record high precipitation in April. These high flow conditions have led to the water levels of Namakan Lake and Rainy Lake rising above their respective Rule...
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Outflows from Lake Superior and into Lake Michigan-Huron continue to be set in consideration of water levels upstream and downstream. The Board expects the total outflow to be 1,910 m3/s (67 tcfs) in May, which is as prescribed by Lake Superior Regulation Plan 2012. The gate setting at the...
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The International Kootenay Lake Board of Control, after consultation with FortisBC on Corra Linn Dam operations, has determined "the commencement of the spring rise," for purposes defined in paragraph 2, (6) of the 1938 International Joint Commission Order on Kootenay Lake, occurred at 00:00 PDT on...
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