By Bev Clark, for the Foundation.

h2o power normanIn my career as an Environmental Officer and later as a Scientist I have attended many public meetings where water levels were the primary issue.  It is nearly impossible to make any gains at such a meeting because there are always exactly half of the people who want the water levels higher and exactly half that want them lower.  Its all about the docks…right?  OK so here’s the thing, although the regulatory agencies do consider multiple uses, the finer details are almost never about your dock. 

Blog CEThis year’s workshop was a true testament to how we can adapt our engagement for the collective efforts on stewardship. On March 31st, 38 people came together on Zoom and worked together, with our two presenters, to discuss the most effective ways to engage citizens in science and stewardship. The lessons learned came from all over the watershed and involved a diverse range of passionate scientists, educators, lake users, and associations.

You can pdf download the report here! (296 KB)

Please let Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC) know that you care about Lake of the Woods!
Provide your input to ECCC on its proposals for phosphorus reduction options to manage algae blooms on Lake of the Woods.
Public comment period ends April 30.  

Here's How To Have Your Say

1. ECCC Engagement Site

Review Info, Provide Input
www.placespeak.com/lakeofthewoods

2. Share Your Views with ECCC by e-mail
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Get Involved before it's too late!

Take part in an online webinar meeting & town hall discussion, organized by the Foundation (LOWWSF) in partnership with the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association (LOWDSA) to connect you directly to the Lake of the Woods policy team at ECCC. 

Topic: Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) Policy: Proposed Ecosystem Objectives and Potential Phosphorus Reduction Scenarios to reduce harmful algae in Lake of the Woods.

Registration in Advance: is required, using the links below.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Webinar dates  & Registration links:

Please join us for an opportunity to engage directly with the team responsible for Lake of the Woods at ECCC. 

Send the message to Environment & Climate Change Canada that Lake of the Woods water quality matters to you — and that you expect action to control blue-green algae blooms.

Engagement slide 240x257Time is running out to participate in Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) public engagements on phosphorus reduction scenarios to help manage algae blooms in Lake of the Woods.

Last chances:  Webinars close April 14th, comment submission via ECCC Lake of the Woods Engagement site closes April 30th.

How to have your say:

  1. Sign up and share your views with ECCC at its Lake of the Woods Engagement site: www.placespeak.com/lakeofthewoods 
  2. Participate in online webinar meetings with ECCC — organized by LOWWSF in partnership with the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association (LOWDSA).  Hear the proposals, ask questions, and voice your opinion.
  3. Or share your views by email to the ECCC team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Want homework?  Read ECCC's factsheet on its "Proposed Ecosystem Objectives and Phosphorus Reduction Scenarios to Manage Algae Blooms on Lake of the Woods"

Please join us for an opportunity to engage directly with the team responsible for Lake of the Woods at ECCC and voice your opinion of what you want done for Lake of the Woods.

Webinar dates  & Registration links:

PS ECCC site2 640A Lake of the Woods public engagement "portal" website was launched February 23 by Environment and Climate Change Canada.  The site is a central location for engaging with the public on the development of proposed Lake Ecosystem Objectives and potential measures to control phosphorus for Lake of the Woods to address harmful and nuisance algae blooms, and improve the health of the lake.

A factsheet on the proposals and other resources are available at the ECCC Lake of the  Woods engagement site along with a variety of ways for the public to provide feedback. 

mpca cvrrThe health of Lake of the Woods also matters to our U.S. neighbours who share this important natural resource. The State of Minnesota, through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and the US EPA, under authorities in the Federal Clean Water Act, are also developing a plan for the lake's restoration including setting reduction targets for U.S. sources of phosphorus. 

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s draft Lake of the Woods Nutrient TMDL study will be on public notice from February 22, 2021 through March 24, 2021. The TMDL study is available on the MPCA’s website or can be found by searching online for “Lake of the Woods TMDL”.

Two virtual public information meetings will be held via Webex on March 4 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m CST. Information meeting attendees will need to register to obtain a link to the meeting(s). Follow the links below to register for the meetings:

  • 1-3 p.m. CST meeting
    If using a desktop or laptop computer - Click here to register/join the meeting
  • 6-8 p.m. CST meeting
    If using a desktop or laptop computer - Click here to register/join the meeting

Registration closes March 1
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The full 2021 Forum Program & Abstracts for the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum is now available. A  Speaker Schedule Quickview for the two day event is also available.

The Forum starts at 11:45 am on March 10 and ends at 3:00 pm on March 11 -- a virtual online event this year.

Theme sessions:
Water Governance, Aquatic Invasive Species, Nutrients, Regulation, Monitoring, and  Environment & Climate Change Canada policy update on phosphorus targets.

If you have already registered for the Forum - thank you!
If not...space is filling up rapidly so please register ASAP.


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