2020 Wilson Stewardship Award - Pauline GerrardThe Foundation presented Pauline Gerrard, Deputy Director of the IISD – Experimental Lakes Area, with the 2020 Wilson Stewardship Award for her leadership in developing environmental education programs at the IISD-ELA and for building knowledge sharing between scientists, First Nations community members and the general public and helping to educate the scientists of tomorrow.

The Foundation presents the Wilson Stewardship Award annually to recognize individuals, groups, or projects that are making significant contributions to environmental stewardship in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed.

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August 15, 2019 in Treaty 2 Territory, Leadership from the Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3 and technical support staff met with International Joint Commission (IJC) Commissioners and staff at Prairie Firehouse in Brandon, MB.

An account of this important meeting as well as details of the Treaty #3 Nibi (water) Declaration is available in the pdf August edition of Treaty 3 News (602 KB) .

 

Based on the latest scientific information, the U.S. EPA has established recommended water concentrations, at or below which protects public health, for the cyanotoxins microcystins (8 micrograms per liter) and cylindrospermopsin (15 micrograms per liter). EPA’s recommendations are protective of all age groups and are based on peer-reviewed and published science.

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-issues-recommendations-recreational-water-quality-criteria-and-swimming-advisories

A must see for all!
Lake of the Woods: A History by Water

Lake of the Woods: Eastern Shores

Kelli Saunders, LOWWSF International Watershed Coordinator, digs into our waters of Lake of the WoodsKelli Saunders, the Foundation's International Watershed Coordinator has a weekly column in the the Lake of the Woods Enterprise newspaper and online at the Kenora Daily Miner News.  This feature series will celebrate the importance of water locally and the great efforts collectively to protect it,  will be dedicated to water throughout the summer months – its quality, its governance, its future and how we can all help to preserve it. 

Several articles are online now - click the Read more (below) for the links and look to the Lake of the Woods Enterprise newspaper and Kenora Daily Miner News Online for weekly updates!

IJC logo with white space 240At a meeting of the International Joint Commission (IJC), Canadian Commissioners Pierre Béland, Merrell-Ann Phare and F. Henry Lickers made a solemn declaration to faithfully and impartially perform the duties assigned under the Boundary Waters Treaty.  Also announced was that the appointments of Jane Corwin as US Section chair, and Robert Sisson and Lance Yohe as US Section Commissioners has been confirmed by the US Senate.

Read the full announcements:

 

Fibre mats in the Rainy River downstream of the mills, 1952The history of the Rainy River is fascinating. How could it not be with voyageurs and lumberjacks all tangled up in it. The overlooked part of any history lesson, however, is often the timeline of environmental insults that occurred in concert with the industrial revolution and the population of the land and exploitation of its resources.

In this article, Bev Clark explores the history of the pollution and subsequent research and cleanup of the Rainy River as an example that shows what coordinated international efforts engaging the IJC can achieve.