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Due to recent snowmelt in the high elevations of the Okanagan and Similkameen watersheds, Osoyoos Lake surpassed the 912.0 feet level (Plot 1) at 03:00 am PDT on May 14, 2020, with lake levels continuing to rise. The Applicant to the IJC Orders of Approval for Osoyoos Lake that operates Zosel Dam...
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Conditions across the Great Lakes were generally drier this past month and the water levels of both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron rose less than they typically do in April. Nonetheless, an exceptional volume of water remains in the system. Water levels are expected to remain high over at...
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Thanks to favorable weather and water supply conditions, in conjunction with recent actions taken by the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board to increase Lake Ontario outflows, the board no longer needs to limit outflows to alleviate flooding risks downstream.
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You are invited to a webinar hosted by the International Joint Commission (IJC) on high water levels in the Great Lakes. The webinar will take place on Friday, May 8 at 12:00pm (EDT) in English and at 9:30am (EDT) in French. American Co-Chair Jane Corwin and Canadian Co-Chair Pierre Béland will lead...
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Water levels throughout the Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River system in 2020 are expected to peak well below the record-highs of 2017 and 2019, according to the latest projections from the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board.
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The International Kootenay Lake Board of Control, after consultation with FortisBC (re. Corra Linn Dam operations), has determined "the commencement of the spring rise" for purposes defined in Paragraph 2, (6) of the 1938 International Joint Commission Order on Kootenay Lake, will occur at 00:00 PDT...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) today released its final report to the Governments of Canada and the United States in response to the October 2017 request regarding the persistent issues of nutrient loading and harmful algal blooms that adversely affect recreation, human health, and...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) today released its final report to the Governments of Canada and the United States in response to the October 2017 request regarding the persistent issues of nutrient loading and harmful algal blooms that adversely affect recreation, human health, and...
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Water levels remain high across the Great Lakes basin. The four upper Great Lakes are near- or above record-high levels, while Lake Ontario is still well above average, but also well below record levels. Lake Ontario is now likely to remain below record-highs through the spring.
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The first major spring storm pushed through the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River basin this past weekend, bringing high winds and precipitation, raising inflows and accelerating the seasonal rise in water levels.
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Spring is a critical period for Lake Ontario outflow regulation, as the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board is closely coordinating with the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board during the Ottawa River snowmelt (freshet), to have the highest outflow from Lake Ontario while...
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Due to favorable ice conditions and previously implemented deviation strategies, the Lake Ontario outflows surpassed the historical record-high for the month of March, making this the third straight monthly record that has been exceeded during the Board’s ongoing efforts to deviate from Plan 2014...
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Wet conditions returned to the Great Lakes this past month and the water levels of both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron rose slightly more than they typically do in March. An exceptional volume of water remains in the system and all of the Great Lakes remain near or above record-high water...
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US Co-Chair Jane Corwin and Canadian Co-Chair Pierre Béland of the International Joint Commission will host a webinar on high water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River on April 3rd 2020. A French language webinar will take place at 9:30 a.m. (EDT) and the English language webinar will...
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In accordance with the 2018 Supplementary Order, the Water Levels Committee of the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board has determined that the standard rule curve will be used this spring to direct the operation of the dam at the outlet of Rainy Lake. Current and forecast...
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The International Lake Ontario–St. Lawrence River Board agreed March 11th to amend its Plan 2014 temporary deviation strategies to allow for additional increases to the rate of water removed from Lake Ontario through the spring.
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) recently received $1.5 million in funding from the United States, with an additional $1.5 million in matching funds from Canada, to investigate possible improvements that could be made to Lake Ontario outflow regulation activities.
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The International Joint Commission will be hosting a webinar on high water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The webinar will take place on Friday, March 6 at 12:00pm (EST) in English. The presenter will be Jane Corwin, US Co-Chair of the IJC. A webinar in French will take place on...
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Conditions across the Great Lakes were drier this past month and the water levels of both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron declined more than they typically do in February. Nonetheless, an exceptional volume of water remains in the system and all of the Great Lakes remain near or above record...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) announced today that it supports the strategy of its International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board (Board) to set maximum Lake Ontario outflows until March 31, before the start of the navigation season on April 1.
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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.
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The International Lake Ontario–St. Lawrence River Board agreed on February 21 to continue deviating from Plan 2014 and maximize outflows through the spring.
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Lake Ontario is again near record highs for this time of year and the risk of high levels this spring remains elevated. While considerable uncertainty in projections for spring still exists, the International Lake Ontario–St. Lawrence River Board is providing advanced notice so communities can begin...
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Members of the public are invited to attend a presentation of the International Souris River Study Board (ISRSB) on February 20, 2020, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Minot, North Dakota. Following a brief overview of the study and its progress, as well as updates...
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Mild temperatures and minimal ice cover in the St. Lawrence River made it possible to release record amounts of water from Lake Ontario during January and continuing into February, but inflows to Lake Ontario also set records last month. The continuing trend of extremely high water supplies, which...
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The International Souris River Board (ISRB) will meet on February 20th from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and February 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Centre located at 2200 East Burdick Expressway, Minot, North Dakota. The ISRB assists the International Joint...
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Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron water levels are above record-highs for this time of year as wet conditions persisted across the upper Great Lakes basin in January. With all of the Great Lakes near or above record-highs for this time of year, there is an exceptional volume of water in the...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is seeking public comments on proposed recommendations for nutrient pollution targets for the Red River. While nonbinding, these proposed nutrient target recommendations are designed to limit how much of the nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen are allowed into...
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In its new report, the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board (WQB) examines the increasing trend that large, concentrated livestock feeding facilities are a source of Great Lakes pollution. Where there are more animals there is more animal waste, or manure. While manure...
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In an easy-to-read background paper on High Water in 2019, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board responds to the call for more accessible information.
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Following the closure of the Seaway, and some partial and temporary ice formation in early January, mild temperatures across the Lake Ontario basin have allowed the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board to set Lake Ontario outflows at unprecedented levels, higher than has ever...
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The International Red River Board (IRRB) will be hosting a public open house meeting at the Delta Inn, Fargo, ND on Thursday, January 16, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in the final plenary session before the luncheon at the Red River Basin Commission’s Annual Summit Conference. The IRRB assists the...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is seeking public comments on proposed recommendations for nutrient pollution targets for the Red River. While nonbinding, these proposed nutrient target recommendations are designed to limit how much of the nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen are allowed into...
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Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron remain near record-highs for this time of year, and although they are expected to continue their seasonal declines in January, levels are expected to remain high over the next several months and may again exceed record-highs if wet conditions continue in 2020.
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Outflows will be increased substantially in the coming days as efforts to remove water from Lake Ontario continue. Starting tomorrow, following the end of navigation season, outflows will be increased as much as possible until ice formation resumes on the St. Lawrence River. A flow increase from 8...
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Cold weather has caused ice formation to start at critical areas on the St. Lawrence River, requiring Lake Ontario outflows to be temporarily reduced in order to reduce the risk of ice jams. Cold temperatures yesterday and overnight caused water temperatures to plunge along the St. Lawrence River...
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Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron remain near record-highs for this time of year, but are expected to continue their seasonal declines in December. As a result, there will continue to be a significantly increased risk of shoreline erosion, lakeshore flooding and coastal damages over the next...
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The roundtables, listening sessions and public meetings this past summer and fall have been held, and the online survey was completed by more 730 people. We've heard a great deal from Great Lakes residents about how the lakes are faring, actions they're taking to restore and protect their part of...
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While Lake Ontario remains above long-term average, regulated outflows will remain as high as feasible based on river conditions. As a result, residents around Lake St. Lawrence are being warned to expect both extreme high and low water levels this winter, as the Board implements a winter deviation...
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November 25th, 2019 – The Memphremagog Study Advisory Group (MSAG) has released their draft report entitled Study on nutrient loading and impacts on Lake Memphremagog for public review. The 30-day public comment period on the draft study begins Monday, November 25, 2019 and will continue until...
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The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board (Board) announced today that, in directing Lake Ontario outflows, it has been given the ability to continue deviating from the flow specified by Plan 2014. The Board has had authority to deviate from Plan 2014 since May 7th, after Lake...
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Between 2007 and 2012, the amount of commercial fertilizer applied to agricultural watersheds draining to the western Lake Erie basin declined in the United States but increased in Ontario, according to a 2019 supplemental study to the International Joint Commission’s 2018 report, Fertilizer...
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The Champlain Study Advisory Group (CSAG) tasked with the study of nutrient loading and impacts in Lake Champlain, Missisquoi Bay and the Richelieu River has released its draft study report today for public comment ending on December 14, 2019.
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The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board (IRLWWB or board) is providing the interested public an opportunity to comment on a report developed by a project team to assist it in setting water quality Objectives and Alerts for the basin.
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The Board expects the total outflow from Lake Superior to be 2,820 m3/s in November, which is as prescribed by Lake Superior Regulation Plan 2012. The gate setting will be lowered in stages beginning in late November to allow for a gradual reduction in St. Marys Rapids flows and water levels prior...
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According to a new report from the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Great Lakes Research Coordination Committee (RCC), computer models used in an adaptive management framework can help assess outcomes of actions aimed at reducing nutrient runoff that feeds harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie...
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At its September Executive Meeting, the International Joint Commission (IJC) approved release of an informational report, Nuclear Power Facilities in the Great Lakes Basin: Compendium of information related to the current status and decommissioning of Great Lakes nuclear power facilities to support...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) met on October 8, on Cornwall Island to discuss issues of mutual concern, including the Grasse River Remediation project; and other issues related to the progress of governments in meeting the objectives of the Great...
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The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a method that will support its popular StreamStats application for the first time in a watershed shared by two countries.
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An on-line questionnaire has been developed that allows impacted shoreline property owners to report directly on their experiences in 2019 (https://ijc.org/en/glam/watershed/questionnaire/high-water-levels-2019).
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