The International Joint Commission (IJC) has appointed the International Souris River Study Board and issued a directive to investigate flooding and water supply issues in the Souris River basin. The study was requested by the governments of Canada and the United States.

The governments have asked the Commission to coordinate the completion of the full scope of the IJC’s 2013 Plan of Study and evaluate and make recommendations regarding the Operating Plan contained in Annex A to the 1989 International Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America for Water Supply and Flood Control in the Souris River Basin. Among other things, the agreement coordinates the operation of dams and reservoirs in the basin.

Below are the reference letters received by both governments of the Canada and the United States: