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The Boundary Waters Treaty

1909 - 2009

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, September 19, 2019
1. The Boundary Waters Treaty Marker
Inscription.  
It is further agreed that the waters herein defined as boundary waters flowing across the boundary shall not be polluted on either side to the injury of health or property on the other.”

Widely regarded as the first environmental agreement, the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty was the first international treaty to articulate principles of boundary water resource development, to address cross-boundary pollution and to prohibit the diversion of boundary waters. Further, in establishing the International Joint Commission to prevent and resolve disputes between Canada and the United States, the Boundary Waters Treaty stands apart for its uncommonly good approach to natural resource governance and stewardship.

On June 13, 2009, the Governments of Canada and the United States commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty with a ceremony on the Rainbow Bridge overlooking Niagara Falls – its natural beauty protected under Article V. At that occasion, the Governments announced the opening of negotiations to update the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement to address modern
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By Bill Coughlin, September 19, 2019
2. The Boundary Waters Treaty Marker
environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. The cross-border Niagara region celebrated this historic event by organizing Boundary Waters Week, June 5 – 14, 2009.

The Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 made official something that people from both sides of the border have known for generations: the lakes, the streams, the watersheds along our boundary do not belong to one nation or to another, but to both of us,”
Hillary Rodham Clinton,
Secretary of State, United States of America

In its centenary year, the International Joint Commission remains a testament to the good will, hard work and forward thinking that bind our great nations together.”
Lawrence Cannon
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada

 
Erected 2009 by Boundary Waters Treaty Centennial Committee, International Joint Commission.
 
Location. 43° 5.066′ N, 79° 3.685′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is at the intersection of Rainbow Blvd. and 1st Street, on the left when traveling west on Rainbow Blvd.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls NY 14303, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Protecting Our Shared Waters (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First House (about
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By Bill Coughlin, September 19, 2019
3. The Boundary Waters Treaty Marker
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Power of the American Rapids (about 800 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 800 feet away); Niagara County Medal of Honor Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Ice Boom (approx. 0.2 miles away); Niagara's Industrial Beginnings and the Establishment of the State Reservation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lake Ontario (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
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By Bill Coughlin, September 19, 2019
4. Marker in Niagara Falls
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By Bill Coughlin, September 19, 2019
5. On the Rainbow Bridge
The 100th Anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty ceremony took place here at the international boundary line on the Rainbow Bridge.
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By Bill Coughlin, September 19, 2019
6. International Boundary Line
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 23, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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