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Ann Arbor, Michigan -- The Commissioners of the U.S. Section, International Joint Commission, (IJC) are pleased to announce that they have selected Elizabeth (Lisa) C. Bourget as Secretary of the U.S. Section. Ms. Bourget will assume responsibilities as U.S. Section Secretary immediately. The...
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Now Available from the IJC Click here for the Full Report in: PDF format or HTML format Pick up your copy now! In preparation for its 2003 Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting and the writing of its Twelfth Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality , the IJC today, released the 2001-2003...
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IJC Honors Dr. Jan Ciborowski with 2003 Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science Presentation To publicly recognize that great science is key to Great Lakes restoration, the International Joint Commission (IJC) today announced that Dr. JanCiborowski , a renowned professor at the University of Windsor...
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WINDSOR, Ontario and ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The International Joint Commission (IJC) will convene its 2003 Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting in Ann Arbor, September 19 and 20, 2003 to move toward consensus within the Great Lakes community on the priorities for a comprehensive water quality...
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In response to the current electrical emergency affecting large areas of Canada and the United States, the International Joint Commission and its International St. Lawrence River Board of Control authorized increased outflows from Lake Ontario through the St. Lawrence River. These increased outflows...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) will hold an open house to discuss the review of its Order of Approval governing the dykes surrounding Duck Lake, and operations inside Duck Lake, located on the Kootenay River. The Open House, to be held at the time and location below, will provide an...
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Click here for the Full Report in PDF format. The International Joint Commission submitted to the Canadian and U.S. Federal governments and is releasing to the public its synthesis of public comments on the two government’s 2002 Progress Report on activities under the Canada-United States Air...
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I am very pleased to be with you this morning inWindsor, Ontariofor this 12 thInternational Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species. I have noted from the program that there are a number of the presenters from distant countries ranging fromArgentina toChina, and fromNew Zealand to the Netherlands...
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Monday, June 9, 2003 Thank you, Minister Wallace. It is always an honor to share the podium with the Rt. Honourable Herb Gray, and it is an even greater privilege to serve with him as co-chair of the International Joint Commission. I might also add that coming to Windsor with Chair Gray is always a...
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Today, the International Joint Commission (IJC) welcomed the recent report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans that urges the government of Canada to take quick and decisive action to combat the threat of alien invasive species in the Great Lakes. In particular, the report, "Aquatic...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is pleased that the recent report of the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) "Great Lakes – An Overall Strategy and Indicators for Measuring Progress Are needed to Better Achieve Restoration Goals” agrees with the findings of the May 1st special report of...
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When the Silver Lake Dam failed on the Dead River near Marquette, Michigan, flood and safety concerns were paramount. The dam failure also had other consequences, one of which was a sudden drop in hydropower production. In other parts of the Upper Peninsula, business operations were forced to shut...
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Click here for the Full Report in: HTML format | PDF format As experts gather from around the world at the “Large River Ecosystems – Under Stress” conference in Cornwall, Ontario, the International Joint Commission (IJC) said in a report released today at the opening, that while it is pleased with...
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In a Special Report released today, the International Joint Commission (IJC) provides the most comprehensive review in almost a decade of the work to restore Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes. The IJC found that the United States and Canada have invested a significant amount of time and money in...
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WHO: The The International Joint Commission (IJC) WHAT: Release of its Special Report on the Status of Restoration Activities the Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Telephone news conference announcing the Commission's findings and recommendations from its current review of restoration efforts in each of...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) has extended the authority for Edison Sault Electric Company and Great Lakes Power Ltd to conduct peaking and ponding operations in the St. Marys River, under the supervision of the International Lake Superior Board of Control (the Board of Control), until...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) commends the introduction into the U.S. Congress of the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act (NAISA). While by practice the IJC does not comment on specific provisions in domestic legislative proposals, it has identified the need for urgent federal action to...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is beginning a review of its Order of Approval governing Duck Lake and invites public comment through May 18, 2003. Comments will help the Commission identify issues and determine the scope of the needed review. The IJC approved the construction of dykes...
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Opening Statement by the Right Honourable Herb Gray Statement by Commissioner Robert Gourd Briefing by the Honorable Dennis Schornack
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Thursday, January 30, 2003 Windsor, Ontario I appreciate very much your invitation to speak to the Chamber's annual environmental breakfast on the current state of Windsor's Air Quality. Your invitation flyer says I am speaking on, "Windsor's Dirty Air." To respond to your request I will put before...
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In response to requests from the public, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has extended its public comment period regarding the International Water Uses Review Task Force's report until March 3, 2003. In February 2000, the IJC published a comprehensive report entitled Protection of the Waters...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) proposes acting on therecommendation of its International Lake Superior Board of Control (the Board) on peaking and ponding in the St. Marys River and invites the public to comment by February 21, 2003, before it makes a decision on this matter. The Board...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) announced today that it has authorized reductions in the outflows from Duck Lake this year in the light of the potential for unduly low water levels. The IJC requires, in its March 31, 1970 Order of Approval, that the discharge control works at the outlet of...
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The International Joint Commission seeks public comments on the 2002 Progress Report on activities under the 1991 Canada-United States Air Quality Agreement . The Progress Report, published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, is available online at http://www.epa.gov...
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OTTAWA, January 3, 2003 - The International Joint Commission (IJC) announced today it will hold a series of public hearings to obtain comment from the public on action taken by governments on the issue of water uses in the Great Lakes basin before reporting to the Governments of Canada and the...
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At a meeting of the International Joint Commission (IJC) in Washington, D.C. today, Allen I. Olson formally assumed the responsibilities of Commissioner to the U.S. Section, after taking the oath of office to faithfully and impartially perform the duties assigned under the Boundary Waters Treaty. Mr...
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At a meeting of the International Joint Commission (IJC) in Washington, D.C. today, Irene B. Brooks formally assumed the responsibilities of Commissioner to the U.S. Section, after taking the oath of office to faithfully and impartially perform the duties assigned under the Boundary Waters Treaty...
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Great Lakes Fishery Commission Contact: Marc Gaden 734-662-3209 x. 14 International Joint Commission Contact: Frank Bevacqua 202-736-9024 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contact: Lynne Whelan 312-353-6400 x1300 U.S. Department of State Contact: Karla Heidelberg 202-647-0241 U.S. Environmental...
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"We are pleased that these officials have reviewed the federal response to alien invasive species. The reports support the Commission's call for more aggressive action by the U.S. and Canadian governments." stated The Right Honourable Herb Gray, Chair of the IJC's Canadian Section. "Alien invasive...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) has issued a contract to bring experts from the United Kingdom to assist with the collective efforts to prevent Asian carp, and other invasive species, from entering the Great Lakes through the Chicago canal that connects the Great Lakes with the Mississippi...
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In its Eleventh Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality, the International Joint Commission (IJC) finds that while there are many ongoing programs and activities in Canada and the United States, progress to restore and maintain the chemical and biological integrity of the waters of the Great...
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On August 6, 2002, the International Joint Commission (IJC) revoked its Supplementary Order of June 28, 2002. The IJC took this action after being informed by its International Rainy Lake Board of Control that the conditions requiring the Supplementary Order no longer existed. The water levels of...
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The Chairs of the Canadian and United States Sections of the International Joint Commission, the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray and Hon. Dennis Schornack, today released, on behalf of the Commission, a 2002 Report Card on transboundary air quality prepared by the Commission's International Air Quality Advisory...
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In light of the sharp rise in water levels on Rainy Lake and the Rainy River, the International Joint Commission (IJC) has authorized reductions in the outflow from Namakan Lake, taking into account conditions on Namakan Lake and upstream, on Rainy Lake and downstream, and at the powerhouse in...
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On June 12, 2002, the International Joint Commission (IJC) issued a Supplementary Order authorizing its International Rainy Lake Board of Control to temporarily specify the outflows from Rainy lake, considering conditions on both Rainy Lake and on Rainy River. The objective was, as best as possible...
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In light of the unprecedented rainfall since June 10, 2002, and potential for damage in the Rainy River and Rainy Lake watershed, the International Joint Commission (IJC) acted today to provide direction on how the outflows from Rainy Lake will be regulated. The IJC wishes to minimize any damage...
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At a meeting of the International Joint Commission (IJC) in Washington, D.C. today, Dennis L. Schornack formally assumed the responsibilities of Chair of the IJC’s U.S. Section after taking the oath of office to faithfully and impartially perform the duties assigned under the Boundary Waters Treaty...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) today released an Upper Great Lakes Plan of Study for reviewing the regulation of the flow of water out of Lake Superior. A binational study team, assembled by the IJC in August 2001, submitted the Plan of Study to the IJC after consulting with a range of...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) has decided to extend the authority for Edison Sault Electric Company and Great Lakes Power Ltd to conduct peaking and ponding operations in the St. Marys River, under the supervision of the International Lake Superior Board of Control (the Board of Control)...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) has released reviews for Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) at different stages from eleven Areas of Concern. The reviews include: Bay of Quinte - Stage 2 Grand Calumet River and Indiana Harbor Ship Canal - Stage 2 Eighteen Mile Creek - Stages 1 and 2 Niagara River...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) has released today the technical report of its International Lake Superior Board of Control (the Board) on peaking and ponding in the St. Marys River. The Board's report recommends that the IJC extend the authority to conduct peaking and ponding operations...
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Now available on the International Joint Commission’s web site is the Great Lakes Water Quality Board’s review of the Canada-United States Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy. The review, undertaken at the request of the Commission, addressed four questions: 1. Has the Strategy achieved its...
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January 17, 2002 On Wednesday, January 16th, Canadian Chairman Herb Gray took his oath as a Commissioner of the Canadian Section of the IJC in a short ceremony and official meeting of Commissioners that linked by telephone U.S. Chairman Tom Baldini, Commissioners Robert Gourd and Jack Blaney as well...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) will hold public hearings in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to gather information about the impacts of peaking and ponding operations in the St. Marys River. Peaking and ponding operations are carried out by the Edison Sault Electric...
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At its executive meeting on December 4-5, 2001, the International Joint Commission (IJC) considered the comments presented at its public meeting held November 28 in International Falls, Minnesota, as well as other comments presented by basin residents. High water conditions Public comment was...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2001 7:00 p.m. Holiday Inn, International Falls 1500, Highway 71 The International Joint Commission (IJC) will hold a public meeting in International Falls, Minnesota, to hear from residents of the Rainy-Namakan Basin on two topics: The 2001 high water situation, and proposed...
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The International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Upper Great Lakes Plan of StudyTeam will be conducting public consultation sessions at eight locations throughout the upper Great Lakes basin, during the period October 31 through November 15, 2001. All meetings are scheduled from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is pleased to announce that it has appointed an Upper Great Lakes Plan of Study Team to prepare a plan for reviewing the regulation of the flow of water out of Lake Superior. The Plan of Studies Team was appointed after the IJC received public comment on a...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) is seeking public comment on a draft directive for a new board which will combine its existing International Rainy Lake Board of Control and International Rainy River Water Pollution Board. The 1938 Rainy Lake Convention between the governments of the United...
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The biological integrity of the Great Lakes is in jeopardy from the ongoing introduction of alien invasive species from the discharge of ballast water. This warning was issued by the International Joint Commission (IJC) and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) in a joint letter to the...
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