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The International Lake Superior Board of Control advises that the gate setting of the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be decreased over the course of the next two weeks. The current gate setting, equivalent to approximately five gates fully open, will be reduced in stages...
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Following recommendations from the International Upper Great Lakes Study, completed in March 2012, the International Joint Commission (IJC) on 17 July 2014 issued a new Supplementary Order of Approval for the regulation of outflows from Lake Superior. The new Order enables the International Lake...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) today announced that it has appointed a bi-national technical working group to assist it in carrying out tasks related to flood plain delineation in the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River basin.
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International Joint Commissioner’s Dereth Glance and Benoit Bouchard, will attend the Sustaining the St. Croix Watershed: Research, Partnerships, and Action science forum being held at the Huntsman Marine Sciences Center, just outside of St. Andrews-by the Sea in New Brunswick, November 20 and 21st...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) today announced a 30-day public comment period on the International Lake of the Woods Basin Water Quality Plan of Study. The plan of study will guide the IJC in making recommendations to the Governments of Canada and the United States for a water quality...
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An expert panel discussion and public comment forum on Lake Erie algal blooms will take place Thursday, November 13 at Maumee Bay State Park near Toledo, OH.
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An expert panel discussion and public comment forum on Lake Erie algal blooms will take place Wednesday, November 12, in Leamington, Ontario.
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The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control (Board) recently reviewed conditions in theLakeOntario-St.Lawrence River system and has decided to continue to follow the Plan-prescribed outflows until winter ice conditions require otherwise.
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2,990 cubic metres per second (m3/s) (105.6 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of November, effective November 1st. The...
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 3,110 cubic metres per second (m3/s) (109.8 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of October, effective October 3rd. The...
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The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control (Board) recently reviewed conditions in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system and has decided to return to Plan flows by the weekend.
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The public is invited to a talk by singer/activist Sarah Harmer followed by a dialogue with a panel of Great Lakes experts on Wednesday, September 24, in the Katzman Lounge of Vanier Hall on the University of Windsor campus.
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) today announced that it has been asked to carry out two tasks related to its 2013 Plan of Study on flooding in the Lake Champlain Richelieu River basin.*
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) recently issued a new supplementary order of approval for the regulation of Lake Superior outflows and transmitted it to its International Lake Superior Board of Control.
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 3090 cubic metres per second (m3/s) (109,100 cubic feet per second (cfs)) for the month of September, effective September 3rd. The...
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On July 18, 2014 the Water Levels Committee of the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board directed the dam operators on Namakan Lake to target the Upper Rule Curve rather than the middle portion of the Rule Curve band.
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The level of Rainy Lake dropped below the IJC AllGates-Open level (337.9 m, 1108.6 ft) on August 7, 2014 and is expected to return to within the IJC Rule Curve by early next week.
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The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board invites you to attend an open house and public meeting on the Lake of the Woods Basin Water Quality Plan of Study in International Falls and Kenora as well as a public meeting on the water levels regulation in International Falls.
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 3290 cubic metres per second (m3/s) (116.2 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of August, effective August 1st. There...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) today expressed empathy for Toledo area residents affected by water contamination caused by toxins from excessive algae growth in Lake Erie and reiterated its call for action on reducing nutrient loading that contributes to the hazard.
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A report proposing five Great Lakes indicators for human health has been submitted to the International Joint Commission (IJC) for its consideration by the IJC’s Health Professionals Advisory Board (HPAB).
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The International Lake of the Woods Basin Water Quality Plan of Study Team has released a draft Plan of Study today and is inviting public comment.
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During the week of July 14-18, 2014 Commissioners of the International Joint Commission (IJC) will be making site visits of projects under IJC jurisdiction in the Kootenay and St. Mary-Milk Rivers transboundary region.
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The Lake Woods Water Sustainability Foundation (LOWWSF) and the International Joint Commission (IJC) are pleased to announce the release of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods State of the Basin Report, Second Edition.
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he Lake Woods Water Sustainability Foundation (LOWWSF) and the International Joint Commission (IJC) are pleased to announce the release of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods State of the Basin Report, Second Edition.
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The level of Rainy Lake is close to peaking at its highest level since 1950. At the Fort Frances-International Falls dam, all fifteen spill gates have been open since June 6, and the overflow weir that spans the center of the dam began passing water last week for the first time since 1950.
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 3,300 cubic metres per second (m3/s) (116.5 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of July, effective July 3rd. There will...
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Weather Outlook Bulletin. This bulletin will be sent out daily through the high water period.
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The level of Rainy Lake continues to rise as a result of June rainfall far in excess of normal across the drainage basin. The level of the upper Rainy River, between the outlet of Rainy Lake and the International Falls-Fort Frances dam has risen close to elevation of the overflow spillway in the...
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control advises that the gate setting of the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids is expected to be increased from an equivalent of five gates fully open to an equivalent of seven gates fully open on Wednesday, June 25th. Anglers need to...
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Water levels at Boise Powerhouse have nearly reached a critical elevation. If the tailwater elevation increases the generators would have to be shut down. Currently the tailwater is stabilized, however, rain is forecast for later this week. The Water Levels Committee met Tuesday afternoon to discuss...
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The International Joint Commission (IJC) today announced that Plan 2014 is the preferred option for regulating water levels and flows of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
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Rainy River water levels are the highest observed in 85 years, compounding the high inflows to the basin both upstream and downstream of the Rainy Lake outlet. The high water levels on the Rainy River and Little Fork River have backed up to the dam and are impacting the Fort Frances and Boise...
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Rain has continued to fall in the basin which has increased already high inflows to area lakes resulting in rising water levels. The basin has not seen these wet of conditions since 1950/2001. The Water Levels Committee met Saturday night to discuss options for outflows from Namakan Lake and Rainy...
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Weather agencies in Canada and the United States have issued rainfall warnings/ hazardous weather outlooks for the next day for most of the Rainy River and Lake of the Woods watersheds. Rainfall will increase already high inflows to area lakes which will result in rising water levels.
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission, has permitted the opening of Gate 16 at the Compensating Works structure at the head of the St. Marys River to facilitate sea lamprey trapping beginning this week. The gate has been...
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As noted last Tuesday, 3 June in a release from the International Rainy – Lake of the Woods Watershed Board, recent rainfall brought very high inflow conditions throughout the basin, particularly to the southern tributaries of Rainy River, Vermillion River and the Seine River.
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The International Joint Commission is closely monitoring the extreme high water levels on Namakan Lake, Rainy Lake and the Rainy River, and is being kept informed of current conditions by the Water Levels Committee of its Rainy – Lake of the Woods Watershed Board.
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Rainfall over the past week brought more than 2 in (50 mm) or rainfall to most of the Rainy River drainage basin, with many areas receiving higher amounts, up to 5 in (125 mm). Normal basin rainfall for the first week of June is about 1 in (25 mm).
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2,650 cubic metres per second (m3/s) (93.6 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of June, effective June 4th. The June...
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Sixteen indicators of Great Lakes health, composed of 41 separate measures, are recommended as tools to assess progress toward cleaning up and protecting the lakes under a report released today by the International Joint Commission (IJC).
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The late spring melt is working its way through the Rainy-Namakan system. These flows, in combination with recent rainfall amounts, have led to steep rises in tributary flow rates to these lakes. Many of these tributaries have water levels and flows greater than that seen on average once every ten...
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control advises that the gate setting of the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids is expected to be increased to an equivalent of five gates fully open tomorrow, Thursday, May 15th. Anglers need to remain cautious of the changing flows and...
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control advises that the gate setting of the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids is being adjusted due to ice conditions in the St. Marys River. Larger than expected ice pans have been drawn into the upper St. Marys River from Lake Superior...
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The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control (Board) recently reviewed conditions in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system and has decided to return to Plan flows as soon as possible.
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission (IJC), has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2,400 cubic metres per second (m3/s) (84.8 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of May, effective May 5th. The outflow of...
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission, expects to increase the Lake Superior outflow for the month of May. The increased outflow is expected to exceed the capacities of the hydropower plants on the St. Marys River in May...
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control is anticipating a potentially large increase in Lake Superior outflows in the coming months, and higher than normal flows and water levels in the St. Marys Rapids. Forecasts indicate that expected flows may require multiple gates to be opened in the...
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The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control (Board) recently reviewed conditions in theLakeOntario-St.Lawrence River system and has decided to continue to follow Plan flows. The Board will also continue to permit additional under- or over-discharges that may be necessary to address...
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The winter of 2014 has been exceptionally cold and snowy in the Rainy River basin, resulting in a very deep snowpack across the region. The large quantity of water in this snowpack increases the risk of high inflows to Namakan Reservoir, Rainy Lake and their tributaries as the spring melt gets...
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