Robert Nault Member of Parliament for KenoraWhen science and policy begin to converge, we're on the right track.  In addition to research studies, this year's science Forum highlighted policy efforts underway to put a binational plan in place for the Lake of the Woods basin, with presentations from Global Affairs Canada and the Rt. Honourable Robert Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, and a video address by U.S. Senator Al Franken.

thumb kallemeyn2017 640Congratulations to Dr. Mark Edlund, recipient of the 2017 Kallemeyn Award, recognizing his contributions to research and resource management in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin.

International research collaborations led by Mark are providing the keys to unlocking the Lake of the Woods story about what is causing the blooms of blue green algae.

arthurzastepa coring 2010 320wScientists from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) started work on Lake of the Woods this winter. They collected samples to characterized the water chemistry, algae community, nutrient conditions, and the role of nutrient release from the sediments under low oxygen conditions under ice cover, in contributing to the nutrient loads and summer algae blooms.  The ECCC crew will be on the lake in June and September. 

thumb partners2017finalThe Forum organizing committee would like to thank our sponsors for assisting with the 14th Annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum. This event would not be possible without the financial assistance of many government and non-governmental groups -- please read on for a list of our sponsors.