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International Red River Board to host public meeting

Published Jan. 13, 2014

Winnipeg, MB.—The International Red River Board (IRRB) will be hosting a public open house meeting at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo, North Dakota on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Unlike past public sessions, this year’s Public Input Session will take place as part of the Red River Basin Commission’s Annual Summit Conference – Session 4. The IRRB assists the International Joint Commission in preventing and resolving disputes relating to the transboundary waters of the Red River Basin. 

The dual purpose of the public meeting is to present a brief overview of IRRB activities and objectives pertaining to water management in the Red River basin.  In addition, the meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss current issues affecting the Red River basin, such as drought, flooding, water quality, ecosystem health, and the transfer of invasive species. The public will have an opportunity to share their views and concerns either in writing or verbally with the Board.

The public is also invited to listen to discussions among federal, state and provincial agencies, as well as local organizations on Thursday, January 16 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and again on Friday, January 17 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Items for discussion include:

Pathogens and Parasites Study – Phase II

  • Nutrient management strategy
  • Status of Devils Lake Project
  • Lower Pembina Flooding – Next Steps
  • Current trans-boundary water resource issues and activities

The International Red River Board is an independent bi-national group established by the International Joint Commission, or IJC, under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. The Board assists the Commission in preventing or resolving transboundary disputes regarding the waters and aquatic ecosystem of the Red River and its tributaries and aquifers shared by Canada and the United States. This is accomplished by providing a forum for the identification and resolution of existing and emerging trans-boundary water-related issues and by recommending appropriate strategies concerning water quality, quantity and ecosystem health objectives.  


Scott Jutila
Girma Sahlu

Release no. IJC 8 Jan 14