International Joint Commission Biennial Meeting

This weekend, two thousand environmentalists, scientists, and industrial representatives will converge on Duluth, Minnesota, for the Eighth Biennial Meeting of the International Joint Commission. If you’re not quite sure what the IJC is, or why its biennial meeting is so important, you’re not alone. For most of its 74-year history, the six person binational commission has quietly governed the boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Stephanie Hemphill recently learned, that role is changing as the IJC commits itself to protecting the Great Lakes, and maybe your health in the bargain: