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Upcoming Meetings

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 6:00-9:00 p.m., March 2, 2017

Where: Delta Waterfront Hotel - Algoma East Ballroom - 208 St. Mary's River Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5V4

Register today

For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting visit ParticipateIJC.

Agenda
Sault Ste. Marie, ON - March 2, 2017 

Gather and Welcome

Video: You are the Voice of the Great Lakes 

IJC Presentation: Your Say on Progress in Restoring the Great Lakes: A Guide to the TAP & PROP Reports 

Local Presentations:

  • Catherine Taddo – Land Development & Environmental Engineer, City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
    City of Sault Ste. Marie, ON Sanitary and Stormwater Infrastructure Overview
  • Michael Ripley –Environmental Coordinator, Inter-Tribal Fisheries and Assessment Program, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority
    Restoring the Little Rapids in the St. Marys River
  • Joanie McGuffin – Lake Superior Water Trail Coordinator, The Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy
    Linking Science and Citizens for Action: Building a Water Trail for the Lake Superior-wide Community

Public Comment Period:

  • Moderator: Dr. Gayle Broad – Director, NORDIK Institute, Algoma University
    Please limit your comments to three minutes. 

Closing: Comments from Commissioners and thank you 

 

Great Lakes Commission Semiannual meeting
March 14-16, 2017
Washington, D.C. 

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 6:00-9:00 p.m., March 2, 2017

Where: Delta Waterfront Hotel - Algoma East Ballroom - 208 St. Mary's River Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5V4

Register today

For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting visit ParticipateIJC.

Agenda
Sault Ste. Marie, ON - March 2, 2017 

Gather and Welcome

Video: You are the Voice of the Great Lakes 

IJC Presentation: Your Say on Progress in Restoring the Great Lakes: A Guide to the TAP & PROP Reports 

Local Presentations:

  • Catherine Taddo – Land Development & Environmental Engineer, City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
    City of Sault Ste. Marie, ON Sanitary and Stormwater Infrastructure Overview
  • Michael Ripley –Environmental Coordinator, Inter-Tribal Fisheries and Assessment Program, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority
    Restoring the Little Rapids in the St. Marys River
  • Joanie McGuffin – Lake Superior Water Trail Coordinator, The Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy
    Linking Science and Citizens for Action: Building a Water Trail for the Lake Superior-wide Community

Public Comment Period:

  • Moderator: Dr. Gayle Broad – Director, NORDIK Institute, Algoma University
    Please limit your comments to three minutes. 

Closing: Comments from Commissioners and thank you 

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 6:00-9:00 p.m., March 2, 2017

Where: Delta Waterfront Hotel - Algoma East Ballroom - 208 St. Mary's River Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5V4

Register today

For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting visit ParticipateIJC.

Agenda
Sault Ste. Marie, ON - March 2, 2017 

Gather and Welcome

Video: You are the Voice of the Great Lakes 

IJC Presentation: Your Say on Progress in Restoring the Great Lakes: A Guide to the TAP & PROP Reports 

Local Presentations:

  • Catherine Taddo – Land Development & Environmental Engineer, City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
    City of Sault Ste. Marie, ON Sanitary and Stormwater Infrastructure Overview
  • Michael Ripley –Environmental Coordinator, Inter-Tribal Fisheries and Assessment Program, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority
    Restoring the Little Rapids in the St. Marys River
  • Joanie McGuffin – Lake Superior Water Trail Coordinator, The Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy
    Linking Science and Citizens for Action: Building a Water Trail for the Lake Superior-wide Community

Public Comment Period:

  • Moderator: Dr. Gayle Broad – Director, NORDIK Institute, Algoma University
    Please limit your comments to three minutes. 

Closing: Comments from Commissioners and thank you 

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 6:00-9:00 p.m., March 2, 2017

Where: Delta Waterfront Hotel - Algoma East Ballroom - 208 St. Mary's River Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5V4

Register today

For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting visit ParticipateIJC.

Agenda
Sault Ste. Marie, ON - March 2, 2017 

Gather and Welcome

Video: You are the Voice of the Great Lakes 

IJC Presentation: Your Say on Progress in Restoring the Great Lakes: A Guide to the TAP & PROP Reports 

Local Presentations:

  • Catherine Taddo – Land Development & Environmental Engineer, City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
    City of Sault Ste. Marie, ON Sanitary and Stormwater Infrastructure Overview
  • Michael Ripley –Environmental Coordinator, Inter-Tribal Fisheries and Assessment Program, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority
    Restoring the Little Rapids in the St. Marys River
  • Joanie McGuffin – Lake Superior Water Trail Coordinator, The Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy
    Linking Science and Citizens for Action: Building a Water Trail for the Lake Superior-wide Community

Public Comment Period:

  • Moderator: Dr. Gayle Broad – Director, NORDIK Institute, Algoma University
    Please limit your comments to three minutes. 

Closing: Comments from Commissioners and thank you 

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.


Details on the Buffalo public meeting will be available soon. Please check back later.


For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting please visit 
ParticipateIJC.

The International Joint Commission will be holding a series of public meetings in Great Lakes communities to hear your views about how the Great Lakes are faring, and what Canada and the United States should do to restore and protect them. Now's the time to speak up for the lakes you love. The first public meeting is taking place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.


Details on the St. Catharines public meeting will be available soon. Please check back later.


For more information on the IJC's Great Lakes Public Meeting please visit 
ParticipateIJC.

 

60th IAGLR 2017 Conference
May 15-19, 2017
Detroit, Michigan
 

Recent Meetings

Join the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board and local experts for a panel discussion on The Great Lakes: The First Nations, Métis Nation and Tribal Perspective.

On Wednesday, November 9, the IJC’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board will host a panel discussion with local and regional experts to discuss their unique perspectives of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes, long-term challenges facing the lakes and their impacts on indigenous people. The public is invited to attend free of charge and participate in the conversation

Panelists include:

  • Michon Harold, Commercial Fisherman, Rocky Bay First Nation
  • Dean Jacob, Consultation Manager, Walpole Island First Nations
  • Dr. Robert Stewart, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and the Environment, Lakehead University
  • James Wagar, Manager of Natural Resources and Consultation, Métis Nation of Ontario

Where: Fort William Historical Park, Thunder Bay, Ontario

When: 7-9 p.m., November 9, 2016

The Water Quality Board’s meeting, also open to the public, will be held the afternoon of November 9 and the morning of November10 at the same location. Infosuperior will live stream the audio for both meetings at WQB Thunder Bay.

Contact:

Raj Bejankiwar, bejankiwarr@windsor.ijc.org  519-257-6711

Sally Cole-Misch, colemischs@windsor.ijc.org 519-257-6733

The Great Lakes are the heart and soul of our shared economies, cultures, recreation,   and personal and collective quality of life. Please join us for an evening of conversation about how you, as a Milwaukee or nearby resident, view progress to restore and protect the water quality in the lakes. In your view, what government programs are working, what’s not? Does their progress report tell you what you want to know? What issues do you feel are most pressing for the Great Lakes – in your area and the entire watershed – and what additional actions are needed?

Your views are essential for the IJC to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. Join us to learn more about local efforts for water quality management and to talk with the IJC and others about the successes and challenges for your watershed and for the Great Lakes.

When: 6:30-9 p.m., October 18, 2016

Where: School of Freshwater Sciences - UW-Milwaukee, 600 E Greenfield Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Register today 

 

The 2016 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting will take place October 6-7, 2016 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York.

Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting

Your views are essential for the International Joint Commission to evaluate the governments’ progress accomplishing the goals and objectives of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and will be included in IJC's Triennial Assessment of Progress report.

When: 4:30-6:00 p.m., 2016/10/05

Where: Allstream Centre, 105 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3C3

Procedures for Public Meetings on Parties Report on Progress Under the GLWQA

This IJC event is part of the Great Lakes Public Forum 2016

Are the Canadian and US governments accomplishing the goals of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement for your Great Lake, Lake Ontario? The International Joint Commission wants to hear and discuss your views. As a committed, active citizen who dedicates your time to restore and protect the lake, we want to learn about your success stories for transforming the conversation from Lake Ontario’s damage to its promise.

Join your fellow Torontonians to inform the IJC about community efforts, what the governments are and aren’t doing to restore and protect the lake, and how to develop a shared vision for what is a healthy Lake Ontario.

When: 7-9 p.m., October 5, 2016

Where: Committee Room 1 at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2N2

Please register here

Procedures for Public Meetings on Parties Report on Progress Under the GLWQA

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The Great Lakes Public Forum, occurring once every three years, provides an opportunity for the United States and Canada to discuss and receive public comments on the state of the Lakes and binational priorities for science and action; and provides an opportunity for the International Joint Commission to discuss and receive public comment on the Progress Report of the Parties.

Register here

12th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference

hosted by the

Healing Our Waters®– Great Lakes Coalition

September 20 – 22, 2016

HOTEL and CONFERENCE CENTER

Cedar Point
Breakers Hotel
1 Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870
419-627-2106
website

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Take advantage now before early bird rates end on August 1, 2016. Click here to register.

Each year Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition brings together a diverse group of more than 400 people from throughout the Great Lakes region to attend the Great Lakes Restoration Conference. The conference provides a 3-day forum for participants to learn about important Great Lakes Restoration issues, network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals. 

This year the conference will be held at Cedar Point, Sandusky Ohio, the Roller Coaster Capital of the World! You’ll stay at Cedar Point’s beachfront hotel, The Breakers, located just steps away from Cedar Point. Enjoy an afternoon and evening at Put-in-Bay, experience diverse field trips, and a special evening just for conference attendees at Cedar Point’s Amusement Park complete with roller coaster rides and fair food! Finish up the evening by roasting marshmallows on the beach for your s’mores.
The Coalition has reserved a block of rooms for attendees to stay at the Breakers! The room rate is $159 per night.

Complimentary parking is available at the hotel. 

Transportation to and from the Cleveland Airport will be available and arrangements can be made on the registration website. Please make sure to have your flight information handy when registering so that you can book the appropriate shuttle! 

We look forward to seeing you in Sandusky in September! 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Click here to register.

The International Niagara Board of Control invites you to an open house on the subject of matters affec

ting flows and levels in the Niagara River. In addition, information on operation of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom and on current Great Lakes’ water levels will be presented. 

The purpose of this open house is to inform the public of the Board's current activities and to hear public comments and 
suggestions regarding the Board's work.

The open house will be held on Monday, August 29, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT at the Community Room (lower level of the Power Vista), New York Power Authority Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd, Lewiston, NY 14092.

You can join the conference by telephone: 
1-877-336-1839 (toll-free) 
Passcode: 5162099,
Security Code: 1111 followed by the # on your telephone. 

You are encouraged to dial in by 6:20 p.m. You will need to download the meeting materials from 
the Activities page on the Board’s website at: www.ijc.org/en_/inbc/Activities

You can also join by webinar:
Please see the Board’s Activities website for instructions on how to join the meeting online.


Any updates will be posted on the Board’s Activities webpage by August 26, 2016.

 

The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board invites you to attend a presentation by the Board, meet Board members and staff, ask questions, and express concerns. This year, the Board will be holding a public meeting in Kenora, Ontario.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – 2:00pm-4:00pm
Clarion Inn Lakeside & Conference Centre
470 First Avenue South
Kenora, Ontario


For more information please click here

Since August of 2015, the 2000 Rule Curves that are used to regulate water levels on Rainy and Namakan Lakes have been under review. The IJC International Rainy Namakan Lakes Rule Curves Study Board conducting the review will be holding a series of public meetings in the watershed to give updates on their progress to date and to gather feedback from the public. These meetings follow up on consultations held in September with stakeholders and ongoing input with the Rule Curve Public Advisory Group.

Tuesday July 26, 7:00pm Wednesday July 27, 7:00pm Thursday, July 28, 7:00pm
Rainy River, ON 
Recreation Centre
302 Broadway Ave, Rainy River, ON               
Rainy River Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung 
First Nations Interpretation Center,  
Shaw Road, Stratton, ON
 
Rainy Lake Nigigoonsiminikaaning (Red Gut) First  Nation Round House Meeting Hall
Trans-Canada Hwy, Fort Frances ON
48.710249, -92.944593
 
Kabetogama Lake, MN
Community Centre
9707 Gamma Rd.
International Falls, MN 
Rainy River Community College
1051 Hwy. 71, International Falls, MN                
Crane Lake, MN
Crane Lake Chapel
7399 Handberg Rd. Crane Lake, MN


Learn more about the International Rainy Namakan Lakes Rule Curves Study Group.

Read the IJC's Study Group's news release on the upcoming public meetings.

Save the date! An informational webinar about PBDEs in the Great Lakes will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11:00 EST. A recording of the webinar will be posted following the event. Register for the webinar here with meeting  
#556014928. For more information visit PBDE webinar

PBDE Chemicals in the Great Lakes from International Joint Commission on Vimeo.


The International Lake Superior Board of Control will host a booth at the Soo Locks Engineer's Weekend on Friday, June 24, 2016 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. 

This annual open house celebrates the engineers who built the Soo Locks along with the men and women of the past and present who maintain the Locks. People of all ages are invited to come explore the Soo Locks and avail themselves the rare opportunity to walk across the Lock walls.

Make sure to stop by and visit the Board's display, where staff will be happy to discuss Lake Superior regulation, and water levels and flows in the upper Great Lakes system.

For more information on the event please visit this website: http://www.saultstemarie.com/events-calendar/soo-locks-engineers-weekend-june-24-25-2016/

The 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference will take place in Niagara Falls, New York from June 15-17.

 

Great Lakes Fishery Commission 61st Annual Meeting
June 9-10, 2016
Ottawa, Ontario 

IAGLR Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research


On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Lana Pollack, Co-Chair of the International Joint Commission, will be a keynote speaker at the University Wisconsin-Madison during the Science, Policy & Water Summit. 

For more information on this event visit this webpage: http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/node/6789

View the agenda of the event


Open to the public

Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at University of Windsor Katzman Lounge

Learn about the latest science on microplastics in the Great Lakes, local organizations tackling this issue, and how you can get involved

Sponsored by the International Joint Commission and Unifor Windsor Regional Environmental Council

Read more about microplastics

Microplastics Workshop, April 26 2016

Download flyer

Blog

 

Meetings of the IJC and its Boards are not open to the public.  Minutes of these meetings are however available on our website.


Open to the public - For those not able to attend, the event will be broadcast via Periscope. Check the IJC’s Twitter feed @IJCsharedwaters

Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 815 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
 

Hear the results from one of the largest-ever public opinion polls about the Great Lakes

Hosted by the International Joint Commission's Great Lakes Water Quality Board

Download the flyer

News Release

Blog

Infographic

For those not able to attend, the event will be broadcast via Periscope. Check the IJC’s Twitter feed @IJCsharedwaters

 

19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species
April 10-14, 2016
Winnipeg, MB 

The Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA) is hosting the 19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species that will be held at the Fort Garry Hotel, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, April 10-14, 2016. 

This conference series is widely considered the most comprehensive international forum on aquatic invasive species and continues to evolve to address new and emerging issues. 

Sessions and presentations include the review of accumulated scientific knowledge; presentation of the latest field research; introduction of new technological developments for prevention, monitoring and control; discussion of policy and legislation; and mechanisms to raise awareness with the general public through education and outreach initiatives.

In recent years the conference has typically involved over 400 participants from over 30 countries, representing academia, industry, government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders involved in the issues. Many are seeking opportunities for international cooperation and collaboration to address AIS issues from a global perspective.             

 

Upper Great Lakes Law and Policy Symposium: Managing Water Across Boundaries
March 24, 2016
Duluth, Minnesota

The Upper Great Lakes Law and Policy Symposium is being crafted to zero in on how relatively recent activities (i.e. the Great Lakes Compact and the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative) might serve as models for tackling other Great Lakes trans-boundary issues like climate, mining, crude oil/energy movement, and water levels.

2016 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum

March 9-10, 2016
Rainy River Community College International Falls, Minnesota

Overview: Professional symposium intended for researchers and resource managers working and/or interested in research and management activities related to the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed.

Themes:  Climate change impacts and adaptation measures, nutrients & water quality, algae, aquatic invasive species, remote sensing, modeling, paleolimnology, and fisheries, among others.
This years focus session is  "Climate 2050: What our lakes will be like", featuring keynote presentations from:

  • Dr Brian Cumming, Co-director of the Queens University Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL)
  • Drs Richard Kiesling and Erik Smith, USGS Minnesota Water Science Center - lead investigators in modeling climate effects on water quality and algal dynamics of Minnesota's Sentinel Lakes

 

2016 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference
March 2-3, 2016
University of Michigan
Dearborn, MI 

The Annual Meeting of the AOC community provides the opportunity to discuss the work done in the program and to connect with a wide variety of partners to continue making progress.

 

 

The 2016 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting and Great Lakes Day in Washington will take place February 23-25, 2016. 

Great Lakes Commission Semiannual meeting 

Great Lakes Day 


Great Lakes Waterways Conference
February 9-10, 2016
Marriott Downtown at Key Center
Cleveland, Ohio

Join maritime industry leaders in the Great Lakes at the 2016 Great Lakes Waterways Conference as they come together to address the industry’s most pressing challenges while exploring its most exciting future opportunities. 

The 2016 Great Lakes Waterways Conference is the one maritime industry event that involves all segments of the maritime community in important deliberations and sessions aimed specifically at the Great Lakes region.