The International Joint Commission oversees and protects the shared waters of Canada and the United States. Created by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, it is one of the world’s oldest international environmental bodies. A pioneering piece of transborder water governance, the IJC has been integral to the modern Canada-United States relationship.
This is the definitive history of the International Joint Commission. Separating myth from reality and uncovering the historical evolution of the IJC from its inception to its present, it is essential reading for academics, contemporary policy makers, and all those interested in sustainability and resiliency.
Featuring contributions by Jamie Benidickson, Norm Brandson, Murray Clamen, Meredith Denning, Frank Ettawageshick, Timothy Heinmiller, Carolyn Jones, James Kenny, John Kirton, Gail Krantzberg, Daniel Macfarlane, Richard Moy, Don Munton, Emma Norman, Kim Richard Nossal, Jonathan O’Riordan, Alan Olson, Ralph Pentland, Jennifer Read, Owen Temby, Deborah VanNijnatten, Brittaney Warren, David Whorley, and Ted Yucyk
Aerial View of Niagara Falls and Vicinity, 2018. Photograph by Daniel Macfarlane.
Chapter 1. From IWC to BWT: Canada-US Institution Building, 1902–1909
Chapter 2. Construction of a Keystone: How Local Concerns and International Geopolitics Created the First Water Management Mechanisms on the Canada-US Border
Chapter 3. The International Joint Commission and Water Quality in the Bacterial Age
Chapter 4. The Boundary Waters Treaty and the International Joint Commission in the St. Mary–Milk Basin
Chapter 5. The International Joint Commission and Hydro-power Development on the Northeastern Borderlands, 1945–1970
Chapter 6. A Square Peg: The Lessons of the Point Roberts Reference, 1971–1977
Chapter 7. The International Joint Commission and Mid-continent Water Issues: The Garrison Diversion, Red River, Devils Lake, and the Northwest Area Water Supply Project
Chapter 8. The International Joint Commission’s Unique and Colourful Role in Three Projects in the Pacific Northwest
- publisherUniversity of Calgary Press
- publisher placeCalgary, AB
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- rightsThis Open Access work is published under a Creative Commons licence.
- series titleCanadian History and Environment