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The following brochure by the International Red River Board showcases the Board's role and mandate and highlights examples of the Board's current work. View PDF version of the brochure Helping prevent and resolve transboundary water disputes by providing advice on matters affecting the quality...
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The International Joint Commission presents its second triennial assessment of progress on Great Lakes water quality pursuant to Article 7.1 (k) of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). This report provides advice and recommendations to assist the federal governments to better meet...
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The annual report covers the 2019 reporting period.
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2019 Report In 2019 the WQB produced a report on the topic of manure management for animal feeding operations, which reviewed practices and policies in the state and provincial jurisdictions in the Great Lakes. The recommendations included in the report have been identified as priority actions for...
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In September 2019, the International Red River Board (the Board) recommended that the International Joint Commission (IJC) adopt proposed nutrient concentration objectives and targets for the Red River at the boundary between the United States and Canada. This proposal is the culmination of a...
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The International Red River Board passed a motion during its September 2019 meeting to recommend nutrient concentration objectives and nutrient load targets for the Red River at the boundary between the United States and Canada. The Board recommends that the International Joint Commission support...
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Annex 10 (Science) of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement assigns the International Joint Commission (IJC) and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) a role in providing input to the Parties on priority science issues on a three year basis. The Parties’ initial Draft Priorities for Science and Action...
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This report represents a peer review of the RESPEC report (2016 report: The development of a Stressor Response Model for the Red River of the North, referred to in this document as the “report” for brevity), with specific attention to concerns raised by the Minnesota municipalities (Letter of July...
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The purpose of this document is to compile unbiased background information about nuclear energy production, the nuclear regulators, the decommissioning process, radioactive waste management, and status of the nuclear power facilities in the Great Lakes basin. The background report is also...
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Excessive nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen and resulting increase in the frequency and severity of algal blooms is one of the greatest water quality challenges facing the international Red River watershed and downstream Lake Winnipeg. While all jurisdictions within the watershed have...
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In January 2017 the WQB produced a Climate Change and Adaption in the Great Lakes project summary that focused on the need for coordinated binational action in developing a climate adaption and resiliency strategy for the Great Lakes. The WQB undertook follow-up work to explore ways to advance...
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This report presents the recommendations of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board (WQB) to the International Joint Commission (IJC) on the topic of manure management for confined animal feeding operation practices and policies in the state and provincial jurisdictions in the Great Lakes. The...
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This report summarizes the results of a literature review, a survey of scientific experts, workshop discussions, and a resulting initial action plan to develop an integrated groundwater-surface water model for the Great Lakes basin. The Great Lakes Science Advisory Board’s Research Coordination...
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Slides from the Great Lakes Water Quality Board's webinar presenting the results of its Second Binational Poll
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This report presents the recommendations of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board on the topic of how watershed management plans should be used to manage nutrient pollution in Lake Erie. The implementation of effective watershed management plans is an important tool in a holistic approach to reducing...
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Governments exist to serve the people. With this in mind, the International Joint Commission presents its first triennial assessment of progress on Great Lakes water quality pursuant to Article 7.1 (k) of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). This report provides advice and...
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This report provides the recommendations of the Water Quality Board to address the challenges in seeking alternatives to the use of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) as flame retardants, and avoiding the release of PBDEs during product use, recycling and disposal through the implementation of...
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In its November 2000 report, Living with the Red, (IJC, 2000) the International Joint Commission (IJC) made a number of recommendations to governments aimed at reducing, mitigating, and preventing harm from future flooding in the Red River basin. In 2016 the IRRB concluded that a final examination...
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The IJC has developed this draft triennial assessment report, informed by a larger staff developed technical appendix that includes fuller analyses, technical information, discussion of relevant science and references. This report and the staff technical appendix report will be revised after...
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This report provides a review of the status of international water quality objectives (WQOs) and Alert Levels for the four International Joint Commission (IJC) boards with a water quality mandate that are located outside of the Great Lakes Basin. The boards that are the focus of this report are the...
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This report presents the recommendations of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board's Legacy Issues Work Group on the topic of how watershed management plans should be used to manage nutrient pollution in Lake Erie.
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This report presents the recommendations of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board’s Legacy Issues Work Group on the topic of how watershed management plans should be used to manage nutrient pollution in Lake Erie. The work group has identified several key success factors necessary for watershed...
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The International Red River Board (IRRB), a board of the International Joint Commission (IJC), identified excess nutrients as one of the greatest issues in the Red River of the North because of its impact on the ecological conditions in the Red River itself and its significant contribution to hyper...
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Oraclepoll Research Limited was commissioned by the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Great Lakes Water Quality Board (WQB) to conduct a telephone survey of residents living in the Great Lakes basin catchment area. The survey was intended to establish baseline data across an array of...
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This report provides the recommendations of the Water Quality Board's Legacy Issues Work Group, with regard to the development of a strategy by the governments of Canada and the United States to address polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the Great Lakes.
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When the International Joint Commission (IJC) submitted its report on Protection of the Great Lakes on February 22, 2001 , the two federal governments authorized the Commission to review its recommendations after three years and at 10-year intervals thereafter. 2014 marks the 10th year since the...
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This report summarizes work done by the Nearshore Framework Work Group as part of the 2009-2011 Priority Cycle to assess the application of Adaptive Management (AM) in a nearshore context, summarize recent science activities in the nearshore, identify potential gaps that should be addressed, and...
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For the 2009-2011 priority cycle, the Nuisance and Harmful Algae Work Group (NHAWG) created a three-part work plan consisting of scientific, management, and communication components to assess the causes of nuisance algal growth and to prioritize implementation actions in an adaptive management...
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For the 2009-2011 priority cycle, the Chemicals of Emerging Concern Work Group assessed the performance of wastewater treatment plans for removal of chemicals of emerging concern and assessed human and ecological health effects from exposure to these chemicals.
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The Beaches and Recreational Water Quality Work Group looked to do the following for the 2009-2011 priority cycle: Identify problems associated with current indicators of recreational water quality; Locate, compile, and review existing information on the relationships between human health and the...
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This summary report communicates the findings and recommendations of the Binational Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Rapid Response Work Group members. It is an executive summary of the Work Group's activities from 2009 to 2011. The purpose is to inform the Commission's advice to the governments of...
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The development of a basin-wide plan for the management of nutrients within the shared international Red River watershed was agreed to as part of recent Four-Party discussions between the federal governments of the United States and Canada, the State government of North Dakota, and the Provincial...
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The results in this presentation focus on the data collected in the 2007 field season. However, to provide a context for these results they are compared to results obtained as part of this study’s 2006 results. Additionally, some data are presented from the previous study conducted in 2005 for...
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Study presented to the International Red River Board at its meeting in Gimli, MB in 2009.
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The report provides advice and recommendations of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board to the International Joint Commission on the implications and impacts of climate change on Great Lakes water quality and beneficial uses, and how address such changes.
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This status report provides highlights of active projects and issues for the period September 2001 to March 2002, and continues upon the International Red River Board’s second annual report submitted to the International Joint Commission (IJC) in October 2001.
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In late 1999, the International Joint Commission asked its Great Lakes Water Quality Board to assess progress made under the Strategy and the contribution of the Strategy toward achievement of the Agreement's virtual elimination goal. To carry out this charge, the Board convened a Progress Review...
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This report documents water quality trends and exceedences of objectives, effluent releases, and control measures for the Red River basin for the 2000 Water Year (October 01, 1999 through September 30, 2000). In addition, this report describes the activities of the International Red River Board...
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As part of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission charge to assess habitat alterations and recommend mitigative strategies to address concerns for aquaculture in the Great Lakes basin, a roundtable discussion of water quality impacts of Great lakes aquaculture was held on January 27-28, 1999 in...
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The International Joint Commission identified contaminated sediment as a program priority. The IJC assigned this priority to the Great Lakes Water Quality Board with the support of the Science Advisory Board and the Council of Research Managers. The Sediment Priority Action Committee was formed from...
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Summary of the importance of contaminated sediment management in the Great Lakes
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Based on a Workshop to Evaluate Data Interpretation Tools used to Make Sediment Management Decisions held at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor on December 1-2, 1998 Full report can be found at: https://scholar.uwindsor.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article...
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Contaminated sediment remediation can be a catalyst in the turnaround of waterfronts, which is important in shaping the future of many cities within the 42 Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes basin. The IJC and its Water Quality Board have worked diligently to spread the word about this important...
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Contaminated sediment is a major problem and well recognized in remedial action plans (RAPs) and lakewide management plans (LaMPs). In an effort to communicate information in a timely fashion, three case studies on environmental benefits of sediment remediation are presented by the WQB's Sediment...
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Report on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Public Forum held on November 1-2, 1997 in Niagara Fall, Ontario.
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