International Joint Commission appoints Kirkwood to Great Lakes Water Quality Board

The International Joint Commission (IJC) has appointed Liz Kirkwood, Executive Director of FLOW, to a two-year term on the Great Lakes Water Quality Board. Kirkwood will fill an at -large seat.

The 28-member board is the principal advisor to the IJC under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The Board assists the Commission by reviewing and assessing the progress of the governments of Canada and the United States in implementing the Agreement, identifying emerging issues and recommending strategies and approaches for preventing and resolving complex challenges facing the Great Lakes, and providing advice on the role of relevant jurisdictions to implement these strategies and approaches.

GLWQB members include an equal number of Canadians and Americans with representatives from the federal, state and provincial, and municipal governments, Indigenous nations, tribes and Métis, business and nongovernment organizations, and at large or public representatives.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with people from all across the Great Lakes Basin to help improve protection of these public trust waters,” Kirkwood said.

Kirkwood has directed FLOW since 2012. An environmental lawyer with 19 years of experience working on water, sanitation, energy, and environmental governance issues both nationally and internationally, Kirkwood worked for USAID in Thailand as an environmental attorney to implement a regional environmental governance, water, and sanitation program in Southeast Asia. She also worked as an environmental litigator at Farella, Braun & Martel in San Francisco where she represented clients on natural resource and energy related matters. Kirkwood graduated from Williams College with a degree in Environmental Studies and History, and received her J.D. and Environmental Certificate from Lewis & Clark Law School.

The IJC was established by the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty between the US and Canada.

3 comments on “International Joint Commission appoints Kirkwood to Great Lakes Water Quality Board

  1. Gerald F. "Gary" Lambert on

    Hi Liz: Congratulations on your position. Well earned and deserved. I used to to be in Ann Arbor and family/ friends live in Luna Pier, MIchigan and always on their boat to Macinaw & the UP. Enjoy Life. gary

  2. Wallace Hibbard on


    I’m the old geezer who sat next to you at the Fallows get together last week. Let me add my hearty congratulations on your appointment to the Great Lakes Water Quality Board. Your many talents will stand you in good stead in your new position.

  3. Kin Ma on

    Warm Congratulations, 🙂 🙂 on your hard work, and this opportunity to provide your insights on our Great Lakes! More power to you!!! From a fellow Michiganian and Eph. Kin Ma ’89


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