International Joint Commission (IJC)
More than a century of cooperation protecting shared waters

Skagit River

In 1941, the City of Seattle, Washington, applied to the International Joint Commission for permission to increase by stages the height of Ross Dam on the Skagit River in Washington and flood land in British Columbia. An agreement was signed in 1967 but in 1974 the province requested that the agreement be declared invalid. The matter was finally resolved under the 1984 Skagit Treaty between Canada and the United States.