IJC Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Signing the Boundary Waters Treaty



    OTTAWA and WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - On Sunday, January 11, 2009
the International Joint Commission (IJC) recognized the 100th anniversary of
the signing of the Canada-US Boundary Waters Treaty (BWT), which created the
Commission with the following statement:
    "The Commissioners of the IJC are pleased to mark the anniversary of the
Boundary Waters Treaty, which has provided a framework for binational
cooperation, consultation and action that is as vital today as it was 100
years ago. As the institution that assists in carrying out the mandate of the
treaty, we commend the governments for their continued commitment to the
foreword -looking principles of the Treaty and their willingness to use joint
processes to manage their shared waters for the common good."
    The Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 created the independent IJC to prevent
and resolve boundary waters disputes between Canada and the United States. The
IJC makes decisions on applications for projects such as dams in boundary
waters and regulates the operations of many of those projects. The IJC also
has a permanent reference under the 1972 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
to help the two national governments restore and maintain the chemical,
physical, and biological integrity of those waters.

    
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     Events involving the IJC recognizing the BWT occurring throughout 2009

    Niagara Falls will be the backdrop to an historic event on Saturday, June
13, 2009 when IJC meets with the Niagara 10 Leaders to celebrate the
centennial of the Boundary Waters Treaty which created the IJC.
    Current and former Presidents, Prime Ministers, Secretaries of State and
Foreign Ministers, as well as all former IJC Commissioners will be invited to
a ceremony to recognize the Boundary Waters Treaty, and its 100 years of
providing successful dispute resolution on issues concerning boundary waters
between Canada and the United States. Canada Post will issue a stamp
commemorating the BWT that week in Niagara as well.
    The June 13, 2009 Niagara event will be the focus of a year-long,
coast-to-coast celebration along the border in all basins where the IJC has
active transboundary water responsibilities. For more information about the
Niagara activities please see oursharedwaters.com
    Other events involving the IJC and the BWT occurring throughout 2009 are:

    JAN. 20-22,        The Red River Basin              Winnipeg, MB
                       Commission Annual Conference
    FEB. 5,            Boundary Waters Treaty           Wayne State
                       Centennial Symposium             University Law School
                                                        in Detroit, MI
    APRIL 19-23,       International Conference on      Montreal, QC
                       Aquatic Invasive Species.
    JUNE 13-14         Lake Victoria Twining Workshop   Niagara Falls, ON
    JUNE 29 - JULY 1,  2009 AWRA Adaptive Management    Snowbird, Utah
                       (AM) Specialty Conference
    JULY 12-17         Environmental Systems Research   San Diego, CA
                       Institute ESRI) International
                       User Conference
    AUG. 10-14         33rd Congress of the             Vancouver British
                       International Association        Columbia, Canada
                       of Hydraulic Engineering/
                       Research (IAHR) and AWRA
                       Conference
    OCT 6 & 7          Great Lakes Biennial Meeting     Windsor ON
    




For further information:

For further information: Washington: Frank Bevacqua, (202) 736-9024;
Ottawa: Bernard Beckhoff, (613) 947-1420

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