IJC invites public input on Red River water quality standards
By Colleen Cross
The International Joint Commission is seeking public comments on proposed recommendations for nutrient pollution targets for the Red River.
While nonbinding, these proposed nutrient target recommendations are designed to limit how much of the nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen are allowed into the river as it crosses the boundary between the United States and Canada. This should improve water quality along the Red River. This should also assist with reducing algal blooms on Lake Winnipeg.
The IJC will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, from 7 to 9 p.m. (CST) at the Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg South Hotel, 2935 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg MB R3T 2H5
Additionally, the IJC will be accepting comments by mail, email and online until February 28, 2020.
Once finalized, these nutrient targets will be recommended to the two federal governments. Canada and the United States would then make the decision how, when and if to implement them.
The IJC’s International Red River Board developed these targets. The board has a water quality mission assigned by the two federal governments. Its full report can be found here.
Comments may be made at https://www.ijc.org/nutrient2020