Public Comment on Draft Souris River Study Recommendations


The International Souris River Study Board invited public comment on “Managing Water Supply and Flood Control in the Souris River Basin,” its draft report and recommendations on potential reservoir operation options to improve flood control and water supply. You also may wish to view the board’s executive summary of the report.

The public comment period is now closed. The public comment period began August 16, 2021, and ran through September 7, 2021.

Comments could be made to the report online, via email or by mail:

  • Online: Create an account using the link at the bottom of this page
  • Email: Send a comment on the “Draft Souris River Study” to
  • Mail: Send your comments to either of the IJC’s two section offices:
    • International Joint Commission
      Canadian Section
      234 Laurier Avenue West, 22nd Floor
      Ottawa ON K1P 6K6

    • International Joint Commission
      U.S. Section
      1717 H Street NW, Suite 835
      Washington, DC 20006
      United States

During the comment period, the board held a virtual public meeting to gather feedback on the report, to be compiled and included in its final report to the International Joint Commission (IJC).

Virtual Public Meeting (ended): 

The International Souris River Study Board held a Public Meeting on Sep 1, 2021 in the morning from 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM CDT (9:00 AM -10:30 AM MDT) and in the evening at 7:00 PM - 8:30 CDT (6:00 PM - 7:30 MDT).


The study board was established by the IJC in 2017 in response to a request by Canadian and United States governments following an unprecedented 2011 flood in the Souris River basin.

The study board findings and recommendations cover five themes: 

  1. Reviewing the performance of the operating plan in the 1989 International Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America for Water Supply and Flood Control in the Souris River Basin
  2. Strengthening water supply and flood control benefits
  3. Improving data collection and management
  4. Addressing other water management challenges in the basin
  5. Building on the study’s engagement and outreach including initiating a new approach to engaging with Indigenous peoples in both countries.

Supporting Documents

Appendix 5 - Summary of Study Tasks and Technical Reports