BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today released the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Lance Yohe, former executive director of the Red River Basin Commission, to serve as a Commissioner on the part of the United States on the International Joint Commission (IJC).
The IJC is responsible for regulating shared water uses between the United States and Canada and for preventing disputes and recommending solutions to cross-border water rights issues.
“Lance has more than three decades of experience helping local and state officials navigate issues over water and land resources in the Red River Basin, and we’re confident he will do an outstanding job representing U.S. interests on the International Joint Commission,” Burgum said. “We are grateful to the Trump administration for recognizing Lance’s expertise and to our congressional delegation for recommending him for this important role. We urge the Senate to confirm his nomination and look forward to his continued service on behalf of North Dakota and other states in addressing critical issues such as water supply, droughts and flooding.”