Reporting deadline extended for Memphremagog Study Advisory Group


The Memphremagog Study Advisory Group (MSAG) has received a 6-month extension to submit its report to the International Joint Commission (IJC) on nutrient loading and impacts in Lake Memphremagog.

The extension ensures adequate time and consideration are given to preparing a high quality, well-grounded study report that meets the objectives specified in the governments’ request. In October 2017, the Governments of Canada and the United States asked the IJC to examine current programs and measures to address high nutrient levels and algal blooms in lakes Memphremagog and Champlain, and make recommendations on strengthening these efforts.

Public engagement remains an important part of the process for the reference study. The MSAG’s final study report will be posted for public comment before it is submitted to the IJC in January 2020.

The activities of the Champlain Study Advisory Group in Missisquoi Bay, Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River remain on track. The IJC will present its findings and recommendations to governments for both components of the reference in spring 2020.

Quick Links

  • Study web page on Nutrient Loading and Impacts in Lakes Champlain and Memphremagog, and previous news releases.
  • Reference from governments – October 19, 2017


The International Joint Commission was established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help the United States and Canada prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the waters the two countries share. Its responsibilities include investigating and reporting on issues of concern when asked by the governments of the two countries.


Randi Morry              613-947-1420  

Frank Bevacqua      202-736-9024