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The following brochure by the International Red River Board showcases the Board's role and mandate and highlights examples of the Board's current work. View PDF version of the brochure Helping prevent and resolve transboundary water disputes by providing advice on matters affecting the quality...
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The annual report covers the 2019 reporting period.
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An environmental stressor is any factor whose presence adversely affects individuals, populations, or ecosystems. Often but not necessarily the result of human activities, examples include many different pollutants, excess nutrients, habitat loss and invasive species. Recognizing that interactions...
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2020 Report In June 2020, the International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) completed a report entitled Understanding Declining Productivity in the Offshore Regions of the Great Lakes. The report includes a number of findings and a recommendation aimed at improving coordination...
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The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (the Agreement) charges the International Joint Commission (IJC), supported by its Great Lakes advisory boards, with several responsibilities including identification of emerging issues facing the Great Lakes. To help fulfil this responsibility the IJC’s Great...
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The International Red River Board passed a motion during its September 2019 meeting to recommend nutrient concentration objectives and nutrient load targets for the Red River at the boundary between the United States and Canada. The Board recommends that the International Joint Commission support...
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Annex 10 (Science) of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement assigns the International Joint Commission (IJC) and its Science Advisory Board (SAB) a role in providing input to the Parties on priority science issues on a three year basis. The Parties’ initial Draft Priorities for Science and Action...
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This report represents a peer review of the RESPEC report (2016 report: The development of a Stressor Response Model for the Red River of the North, referred to in this document as the “report” for brevity), with specific attention to concerns raised by the Minnesota municipalities (Letter of July...
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Excessive nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen and resulting increase in the frequency and severity of algal blooms is one of the greatest water quality challenges facing the international Red River watershed and downstream Lake Winnipeg. While all jurisdictions within the watershed have...
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This report presents the findings and recommendations of the project, Use of Modeling Approaches to Affect Nutrient Management through Adaptive Management, led by the International Joint Commission's (IJC) Great Lakes Science Advisory Board - Research Coordination Committee (SAB-RCC). The objective...
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In 2016-2017 the International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board, Science Priority Committee, completed an analysis of commercial fertilizer and manure application in the western Lake Erie basin. The resulting report was adopted by the International Joint Commission and is available at...
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This report summarizes the results of a literature review, a survey of scientific experts, workshop discussions, and a resulting initial action plan to develop an integrated groundwater-surface water model for the Great Lakes basin. The Great Lakes Science Advisory Board’s Research Coordination...
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The International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) Science Priority Committee undertook a synthesis of the science related to observed and potential impacts of crude oil on Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem condition and identified additional research, monitoring and information...
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In its November 2000 report, Living with the Red, (IJC, 2000) the International Joint Commission (IJC) made a number of recommendations to governments aimed at reducing, mitigating, and preventing harm from future flooding in the Red River basin. In 2016 the IRRB concluded that a final examination...
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The Poplar River Power Station completed its thirty-first full year of operation in 2015. Between January 1 and December 31, Poplar River Power Station generated 4,305,277 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity. During this time approximately 3,258,964 tonnes of coal and 3,206 m3 of fuel oil were...
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The International Red River Board (IRRB), a board of the International Joint Commission (IJC), identified excess nutrients as one of the greatest issues in the Red River of the North because of its impact on the ecological conditions in the Red River itself and its significant contribution to hyper...
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