The International Joint Commission (IJC) is looking beyond the borders of North America to find potential solutions to issues of excess nutrients in basins shared by Canada and the United States.
Lake Champlain, Missisquoi Bay and Richelieu River continue to suffer from excessive loads of nutrients and harmful algal blooms (HABs). Lake Champlain, shared between New York and Vermont, flows northwards into the Richelieu River eventually into the St. Lawrence River.
Significant resources and efforts have been dedicated to the reduction of nutrient loading to Lake Memphremagog and the prevention of harmful algal blooms (HABs); however, ecological conditions have not improved.
Two different projects are currently underway in the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River system that will assist the International Joint Commission in responding to two recent requests from Canadian and US governments.
The International Joint Commission (IJC) has appointed 12 people from the United States and Canada to the Memphremagog Study Advisory Group (MSAG) for the study of nutrient loading and impacts in Lake Memphremagog.
On this page you will find a listing of all the transboundary (those which cross) and boundary (those that form) waters along the Canada-U.S. border with a summary of IJC activities.