Water Matters - Banks of the Red River

International Joint Commission extends public comment period on Red River Water Quality Standards


The International Joint Commission (IJC) has extended the public comment period on proposed recommendations for nutrient concentration targets for the Red River until March 28, 2020.

While nonbinding, these proposed nutrient target recommendations are designed to limit how much of the nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen are allowed into the river as it crosses the boundary between Canada and the United States. The intent of the recommendations is to improve water quality along the Red River. This should also assist with reducing algal blooms on Lake Winnipeg.

The IJC will be accepting comments by mail (see below), email (Commission@ottawa.ijc.org or Commission@washington.ijc.org)  and online at www.ijc.org/nutrient2020 until March 28, 2020.


   Ottawa Office Mailing Address

   International Joint Commission
   Canadian Section
   234 Laurier Avenue West, 22nd Floor    
   Ottawa, ON K1P 6K6

   Washington Office Mailing Address

   International Joint Commission
   U.S. Section
   1717 H Street NW, Suite 835
   Washington, DC 20006

The IJC’s International Red River Board developed these targets. The board has a water quality mission assigned by the two federal governments. Its full report can be found here: https://ijc.org/en/rrb/proposed-nutrient-concentration-objectives-and-loading-targets-red-river-uscanada-boundary.

Comments page: www.ijc.org/nutrient2020


Sarah Lobrichon (Ottawa)              613-992-5368  lobrichons@ottawa.ijc.org

Frank Bevacqua (Washington)      202-736-9024  bevacquaf@washington.ijc.org