Functions of the International Joint Commission

by Eugene W. Weber,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 2, Pg. 177-182

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Canada and the United States have a unique and effective joint organization, for management of water resources and for dealing with pollution, and other matters of mutual concern along their common frontier. By treaty in 1909, the two countries established a permanent Commission of 6 members, 3 from each country, to exercise certain delegated powers and upon request to prepare recommendations for joint action on other matters. The treaty prescribes basic principles applicable to the Commission's responsibilities. The Commission functions by calling upon the established agencies in each country that are qualified to deal with the problem at hand. The system has worked harmoniously, and is being used increasingly for advance planning for joint actions of mutual benefit as well as for settlement of current problems as they arise.

Subject Headings: Joints | Water resources | Resource management | Water pollution | Agreements and treaties | Business organizations | North America | United States | Canada

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