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Red River Water Quality Standards: IJC extends public comment period

February 27, 2020  By Ground Water Canada

The International Joint Commission has extended the public comment period on proposed recommendations for nutrient concentration targets for the Red River until March 28, 2020.

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 Canada and the United States. The intent of the recommendations is to improve water quality along the Red River. This should also assist with reducing algal blooms on Lake Winnipeg.

The IJC will be accepting comments by mail (see below), email ( or  and online at until March 28, 2020.


Ottawa office mailing address:
International Joint Commission
Canadian Section
234 Laurier Avenue West, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 6K6

Washington office mailing address:
International Joint Commission
U.S. Section
1717 H Street NW, Suite 835
Washington, DC 20006

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.

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