MEDIA RELEASE

Call for public participation at meeting about Lake of the Woods water quality
Wednesday, August 15, 2:00 - 4:30 pm  Clarion Lakeside Inn., Kenora

Kenora, ON July 27, 2018 – Public meetings will highlight "science to action" and the efforts to protect and restore Lake of the Woods water quality by the:

  • International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board, of the International Joint Commission
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada

The Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation and the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association urge everyone who cares about water quality and the future health of Lake of the Woods to attend this important meeting.  Learn about what’s being done to address toxic and nuisance algae in Lake of the Woods by Minnesota, Canada and by the International Joint Commission. 

Your attendance and engagement directly with the government officials and scientists will send a message that Lake of the Woods matters and that you care!

Calling all Lake Associations! Register now and attend the 2nd Binational Lake Assocation Network Event

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, Sunny Cove Camp on Rainy Lake (10 mins. east of Fort Frances, Ontario)

  • Learn from other lake associations and experts on hand
  • Build Your Network of Contacts
  • Revitalize your membership
  • Access great program info at our Display Booths!

Guest speakers:  Jeff Forester, Executive Director, Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates and Todd Sellers, Executive Director, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation.

Pre-registration is required with a nominal $25 CAD fee which includes morning coffee break and lunch - Register now

You are invited to attend public meetings in Kenora on August 15, 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the Clarion Lakeside Inn. 

The meetings highlight "from science to action" and the efforts to protect and restore Lake of the Woods water quality by the:

  • International Joint Commission (IJC meeting notice)
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (science session overview)
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (science session overview)

Anyone interested in the long-term health of the Lake of the Woods, the research being done to address toxic and nuisance algae in Lake of the Woods and the action being taken is encouraged to attend.

Send a message to our governments by attending, that Lake of the Woods matters and that you care!

Come for the IJC watershed board meeting and stay for an important update on Minnesota's science and plan to cut phosphorus entering Lake of the Woods, plus an update on the Candian science underway on the lake.

The science update session will follow the 2 pm IJC watershed board public meeting in Kenora.  Please attend to attend both the IJC meeting and the science update session to learn about:

  • Minnesota's plan for cutting phosphorus entering Lake of the Woods
  • Progress of  Canadian federal science underway on Lake of the Woods and next steps.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency research and management staff are coming to Kenora to speak with you about Minnesota's study and plan to set targets for cutting phosphorus pollution of Lake of the Woods.  Environment and Climate Change Canada will also present an update on the Canadian science initiative and next steps.

Jesse Anderson, Research Scientist, and Mike Kennedy, Project Manager, from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will be there to present to the public about Minnesota's Watershed Protection and Restoration work and its efforts to develop targets for cutting phosphorus entering Lake of the Woods.

This is tremendous opportunity for the public meet the scientists, managers and policy makers and to get a complete picture of what's being done to protect and restore Lake of the Woods and its watershed in the United States, Canada, and internationally.