Hoeven: Lance Yohe Nominated for International Joint Commission

Senator Advanced North Dakotan’s Application to Serve on Joint U.S.-Canadian Water Commission

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the administration announced the nomination of Lance Yohe, Executive Director of the Red River Basin Commission, to serve on the International Joint Commission (IJC) – U.S. Section. The commission is responsible for preventing and resolving disputes over cross-border water rights between the U.S. and Canada. Hoeven wrote to the White House last year to advance Yohe’s application, stressing his long service in water management and the need for a representative experienced in western states’ water rights.

“Lance is a tremendous pick for the IJC,” said Hoeven. “He brings more than three decades of experience with our state’s water management bodies and, during this time, has specifically helped local governments navigate cross-border issues with Canada. In this role, Lance will help ensure North Dakota and other western states’ concerns are adequately addressed, which is critical to a wide range of issues in our state, from flooding and drought to clean and reliable municipal water supplies. That’s why we will work to move his nomination through the Senate as soon as possible.”