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Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids, please be advised that the gates of the Compensating Works at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be adjusted multiple times in the next 11 days to facilitate underwater inspections of the International Bridge piers. Please take extra caution when...
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Windsor, Ontario Imagine a basinwide system that detects and prevents Great Lakes’ water quality threats. The International Joint Commission Great Lakes Science Advisory Board recently completed the second phase of efforts to develop a Great Lakes Early Warning System framework, which would allow...
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Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids need to be cautious of the changing flows and water levels that will be experienced in the rapids in June. The Board expects the total St. Marys River flow in June to be 2,070 m3/s (73,100 cfs), as prescribed by Regulation Plan 2012. Actual hour-to...
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The International St. Mary and Milk Rivers Study Board has received an extension of up to one- year from the International Joint Commission (IJC) to complete its work. The study board will now provide its final report to the IJC no later than June 2026. The extra time will allow the study board to...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) will host a one-hour virtual information session on transboundary water pollution in the Elk-Kootenai/y watershed on Thursday, May 30 th at 6:30pm MDT or 5:30pm PDT. IJC Commissioners will provide opening remarks followed by a short presentation by staff and...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) recently conducted meetings with senior officials from the Governments of Canada, the United States, the Ktunaxa Nation, British Columbia, Idaho, and Montana to gather initial perspectives on the Reference to Address Transboundary Water Pollution in the Elk...
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The public is invited to hear from the International Souris River Board on the evening of Tuesday, June 25. There will be a presentation by co-chairs on the board and its activities, followed by time for people to ask questions and provide comments. The public meeting is from 6-8 p.m. (CST) at the...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is pleased to announce that the appointment of Robert Gioia as Commissioner has been confirmed by the US Senate. A longtime community leader in the Buffalo-Niagara region of New York, Mr. Gioia has guided several community transportation, education and...
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The gate setting of the Compensating Works at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be increased on May 6 from a setting equivalent to approximately one-half gate fully open (Gates #7 through #10 open 20 cm (7.9 in)) to a setting equivalent to approximately three gates fully open, to meet the Plan...
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The seasonal rise of Lake Ontario will depend on future conditions, which are impossible to accurately predict. The Board will continue to monitor conditions and ensure outflows regulated by Plan 2014 are consistent with Orders of Approval.
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The International St. Mary and Milk Rivers Study Board will be holding a public town hall meeting June 5, 2024. All are welcome to attend. The purpose of this meeting is to update the public on the study’s progress, work plan and timeline of studies into 2024, as well as to solicit public feedback...
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The International Kootenay Lake Board of Control, after consultation with FortisBC, has determined that “the commencement of the spring rise,” for purposes defined in the 1938 International Joint Commission Order on Kootenay Lake, occurred at 00:00 PDT on April 16, 2024. The maximum allowable level...
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International Falls (MN) / Fort Frances (Ontario) The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board (IRLWWB) is pleased to welcome its new Canadian Co-chair, Jennifer Vincent who will be serving the Board alongside her counterpart, interim U.S. co-chair Col. Carl Jansen. Vincent will be...
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Following the release of the BC River Forecast Centre’s April 1 Snow and Water Supply bulletin, the International Kootenay Lake Board of Control (IKLBC) is able to provide an update on the late winter and early spring hydrological conditions in the Kootenay Lake watershed. Through the first three...
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Osoyoos Lake levels are being maintained at a higher-than-normal level for this time of the year in anticipation of lower spring runoff due to lower-than-normal snowpacks. As of April 9, the Osoyoos Lake elevation is 911.81 feet (277.92 meters) and is at the historical maximum for the 1987-2023...
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[International Falls, MN, and Fort Frances (Ontario)] The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board (IRLWWB) Water Levels Committee (WLC) will host a follow-up virtual information session on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. CDT. This session will be an update to the February 29...
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International Falls, MN, and Fort Frances (Ontario) The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board (IRLWWB) Water Levels Committee (WLC) will host a follow-up virtual information session on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. CDT. This session will be an update to the February 29...
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Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 6:30-8 p.m. (PDT) The International Kootenay Lake Board of Control will hold its annual public meeting at the Best Western Kootenai River Inn, located at 7196 Plaza St. in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, from 6:30-8 p.m. (PDT) Wednesday, May 22. There also will be an option to...
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The gate setting of the Compensating Works at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be maintained in April at a setting equivalent to approximately one-half gate fully open (Gates #7 through #10 open 20 cm (7.9 in)) and Gate #1 at its typical setting of 20 cm (7.9 in) open. St. Marys Rapids flow...
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The International St. Mary & Milk Rivers Study Board is hosting a public webinar on March 26, 2024. All are welcome to attend. The purpose of the webinar is to provide an update on the study's progress, activities, timeline and workplan, with an emphasis on the technical work that is ongoing...
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Washington, D.C. / Ottawa, Ontario — The International Joint Commission is pleased to receive a request from the governments of Canada and the United States, in partnership with the Ktunaxa Nation, to carry out certain actions outlined in the reference letters and attachments addressing the impacts...
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International Falls (MN) / Fort Frances (Ontario) The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board (IRLWWB) ’s Water Levels Committee (WLC) established an initial spring regulation plan for Rainy and Namakan Lakes on March 10, 2024. This plan is issued in accordance with a Temporary...
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For immediate release Contact: Contact: Beth Wanamaker (Great Lakes Commission) beth@glc.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a ceremony held today, the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC), and International Joint Commission (IJC) formally signed the first-ever memorandum of...
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The gate setting of the Compensating Works at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be maintained in March at a setting equivalent to approximately one-half gate fully open (Gates #7 through #10 open 20 cm (7.9 in)) and Gate #1 at its typical setting of 20 cm (7.9 in) open. St. Marys Rapids flow...
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International Falls (MN) / Fort Frances (Ontario) The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board (IRLWWB) Water Levels Committee (Committee) will host a public meeting in International Falls, MN at the Minnesota North College- Rainy River Campus on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. CST...
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If weather allows for safe working conditions, crews from the New York Power Authority will begin opening the 22 spans on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. This will be the earliest start date for removal of the ice boom.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2024, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Public opinions are sought in a new online poll about the Great Lakes, water quality issues and other topics related to restoring and protecting this unique freshwater system. “We hope that people answer our poll and also share it...
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International Falls (MN) / Fort Frances (Ontario) The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board (IRLWWB) Water Levels Committee (Committee) will host a virtual pre-spring information session on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. CST. The Committee ensures that International Joint...
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HALSTAD, MINN. –The wastewater facility in Halstad, Minnesota, has seen an approximately 70% reduction in the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus released into the Red River annually thanks to a wastewater treatment optimization program funded by the Red River Basin Commission (RRBC) and International...
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The International St. Croix River Watershed Board invites you to attend a virtual public meeting with the Board on March 6th at 6 pm EST (7 pm AST). The meeting is an opportunity to learn about the Board and to ask questions or raise concerns about water resource issues in the St. Croix River...
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The gate setting of the Compensating Works at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be maintained in February at a setting equivalent to approximately one-half gate fully open (Gates #7 through #10 open 20 cm (7.9 in)) and Gate #1 at its typical setting of 20 cm (7.9 in) open. St. Marys Rapids flow...
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The public is invited to hear from the International Souris River Board on Monday, February 26. There will be a presentation on the board and its activities, followed by time for people to ask questions or express concerns. The public meeting is from 6-8 p.m. (CDT) at the Clarion Inn & Suites , 3130...
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Fargo, ND.—The International Red River Watershed Board (IRRWB) will be hosting an in-person public open house meeting during the Red River Basin Commission Annual Conference on Thursday, January 18, 2024 from 11:20 am to 12:05 pm CST. The IRRWB assists the International Joint Commission (IJC) in...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Susan Chiblow as Canadian Commissioner. Dr. Susan (Sue) Bell Chiblow is Anishinaabe kwe, born and raised in Garden River First Nation, Ontario, where she continues to reside. She has worked extensively with First...
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The gate setting of the Compensating Works at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be maintained in January at a setting equivalent to approximately one-half gate fully open (Gates #7 through #10 open 20 cm (7.9 in)) and Gate #1 at its typical setting of 20 cm (7.9 in) open. St. Marys Rapids flow...
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The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board is providing this notice to summarize the water level conditions as winter approaches. As a reminder, Plan 2014 is a set of rules that govern Lake Ontario outflows through the Moses-Saunders Dam located between Massena, New York and Cornwall...
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Installation of the ice boom for the 2023-2024 ice season is scheduled to begin as-early-as December 16, 2023, by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) crews, subject to safe in water working conditions.
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The gate setting of the Compensating Works at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be lowered in December to a setting equivalent to approximately one-half gate fully open. After the gate adjustments on Wednesday, December 6, the St. Marys Rapids flow will be approximately 96 m3/s.
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control will host a virtual meeting to give an update on operations on the St. Marys Rapids and Regulation Plan 2012. The meeting will be Tuesday, December 12, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada: In the spirit of celebration and reflection on five decades of binational cooperation to protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes, the International Joint Commission (IJC) offers its advice on Great Lakes water quality to the governments of the United States and Canada...
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As of November 1, 2023, the Rule Curve for maximum and minimum Osoyoos Lake levels has changed for the winter period, allowing lake levels to be maintained between 909.0 feet and 911.5 feet until March 1, 2024 (Figure 1). Figure 1: 2023 Osoyoos Lake Levels (bright green) and allowable range under...
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On September 1, 2023, the International Joint Commission (IJC) Rule Curve for Kootenay Lake level switched to using the Queens Bay gauge at elevation 1745.32 feet for compliance measurements. The Rule Curve lowers prior to September 1 to allow farmers in the Kootenai Flats region to work their...
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The gate setting of the Compensating Works at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be lowered in November to a setting equivalent to approximately one gate fully open. After the gate adjustments on Monday, November 6 (U.S. gates) and Tuesday, November 7 (Canadian gates), the St. Marys Rapids flow...
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The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board is providing this notice to summarize the water level conditions from September 2023 through the remainder of Autumn.
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Report highlights initiative’s achievements over past quarter century and the challenges it faces in the coming 25 years.
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The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board (IRLWWB) Water Levels Committee (WLC) released its 2022 Post-Flood Report: A Report on High Water Levels in the Rainy River Basin.
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The Great Lakes -St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee (GLAM Comittee) released earlier this year a water level impacts questionnaire for 2022 and 2023 to seek input from residents along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawerence River who have been impacted by high or low water levels in 2022...
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The gate setting of the Compensating Works at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be lowered in October to approximately four gates fully open. After the gate adjustments on Friday, October 6 (American gates), and Tuesday, October 10 (Canadian gates), the St. Marys Rapids flow will be...
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The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board has been using its authority to deviate from Plan 2014 since September 2nd to provide higher and more predictable water levels on Lake St. Lawrence and the upper St. Lawrence River. Dry weather conditions have caused water levels on Lake...
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Anglers and other users of the St. Marys Rapids, please be advised that testing of Gate #5 of the Compensating Works will be conducted on Tuesday, September 19. Gate #5 is located on the Canadian side of the structure, as highlighted in the figure. There will be a temporary increase in St. Marys...
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