International Joint Commission (IJC)
The purpose of the International Joint Commission (IJC) is to help prevent and resolve disputes about the use and quality of boundary waters and to advise Canada and the United States on questions about water resources. It investigates pollution problems in lakes and rivers along the Canada-United States border, monitors the situation and recommends actions. The Commission holds public meetings every two years to discuss progress in cleaning up the Great Lakes. It also sponsors conferences, meetings and round table discussions where members of the public and representatives of community groups and other organizations can take part. Furthermore, IJC publishes reports and studies on the progress made and the challenges that remain in restoring and protecting shared waters. Much of the work of the International Joint Commission consists in assisting governments achieve their goal of cleaning up the Great Lakes and preventing further pollution in the system. The Commission also decides on/sets conditions for the construction of dams and hydroelectric power stations in the joint rivers.