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Basin conditions were generally wetter than average in July. As a result, water levels rose on Lake Superior and remained stable on Lake Michigan-Huron. Lake Superior rose 7 cm over the course of the month, while on average the water level rises 5 cm in July. At the beginning of August, Lake...
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Shallow Lake Erie must stick to its strict diet to starve its problematic algal blooms, but the four deeper Great Lakes face a tricky dilemma balancing their nutrient needs, according to a new report by the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Great Lakes Science Advisory Board. Understanding...
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The US Government Accountability Office issued a report concerning Plan 2014, the current plan used for regulating Lake Ontario outflows, on July 23, 2020. The IJC was pleased to note that the GAO found that process for developing and selecting Plan 2014, was generally consistent with each of the 14...
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During the spring freshet, the level of Osoyoos Lake crested at 913.65 ft (278.481 m) on June 2 and decreased below the maximum level of the IJC (International Joint Commission) Order of Approval rule curve (912.0 ft) on Saturday July 18.
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What would it look like if we could anticipate the next big ecological threat to the Great Lakes before it happens? A new report from the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Great Lakes Science Advisory Board (SAB) looks at what it might take to ‘get ahead of the curve’ and develop an early...
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The Public Advisory Group appointed by the International Joint Commission (IJC) to assist with finding potential improvements to the regulation of Lake Ontario outflows held its first meeting on June 30. The meeting was held online. The Public Advisory Group will assist the IJC’s Great Lakes-St...
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Basin conditions were generally near average or drier than average in June, around both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron. As a result, water levels did not rise as much as they typically do in June. Nonetheless, water levels are expected to remain high over at least the next few months and...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) received an award for service to the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR), a global lakes research organization. The IAGLR Anderson-Everett Award is given by IAGLR to individuals or institutions in recognition and gratitude for...
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After a season of above average snowpack in the Kootenay Basin, inflows to Kootenay Lake peaked on May 31 at 114,600 cfs (3,240 cms). As of June 7, lake inflows were at 42,000 cfs (1,200 cms) and dropping. With decreasing inflows, Kootenay Lake level, as measured at Queens Bay, crested on June 4 at...
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With flow of the Similkameen River declining since its recent peak on June 1, the backwater effect of the Similkameen River on the Okanogan River is decreasing. This allows for increased outflow from Osoyoos Lake and a corresponding drop in its level. Osoyoos Lake crested at 913.65 ft. (278.481 m)...
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While conditions around Lake Superior were drier than average in May, conditions were again wetter than average on Lake Michigan-Huron, driven by a couple of significant rainfall events in the middle and at the end of the month. This has resulted in additional record-high water levels, which pose a...
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Lake Ontario levels peaked early this year at 75.40 m (247.38 ft.) on 5 May, 10 cm (4 inches) below the general flood stage and over a half meter (20 inches) lower than the peak in 2019. Lake levels are expected to continue their seasonal decline through summer, and have fallen 6 cm (2 in.) from the...
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In compliance with the terms of the International Joint Commission (IJC) water management Order for Osoyoos Lake implemented by the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control (https://www.ijc.org/en/olbc), the gates at Zosel Dam have been fully open since May 11 to allow for maximum outflow from...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) announced today that it has appointed a 16-member Public Advisory Group to help identify potential improvements to the regulation of Lake Ontario outflows.
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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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