IJC task force to review binational management


Public meetings are slated for late August and early September after the International Joint Commission has established a task force in its review of binational management in the Lake of the Woods and Rainy River basin.
The International Lake of the Woods and Rainy River Watershed task force will “examine and make recommendations regarding the binational management of the international waters of the Lake of the Woods and Rainy River system, and the IJC’s potential role in this management,” the IJC said in announcing the formation of the task force.
“This review would serve to complement government activities that foster trans-jurisdictional co-ordination and collaboration on science and management activities to enhance and restore water quality in the basin,” it noted.
“It would also contribute to any future approach to addressing new and emerging water quality issues and water management needs.”
Members of the public are invited to both meet members of the task force and provide comments on the basin’s binational management, as well as other issues they feel the task force should look at during three upcoming meetings.
The first is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at the AmericInn’s convention room in International Falls (formerly the Holiday Inn).
The second will take place Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Best Western Lakeside Inn in Kenora, with the third slated for Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Warroad Area Community Centre.
The IJC also is accepting written comments for the 18-month-long investigation.
Written comments can be sent to the Canadian Section Secretary, IJC, 234 Laurier Ave. W., 22nd Floor, Ottawa, Ont., K1P 6K6.
They also can be faxed to 1-613-993-5583 or via e-mail at commission@ottawa.ijc.org
More information concerning the IJC is available at www.ijc.org