thumb lowbrewcoA Growler sized thank you to the team at the Lake of the Woods Brewing Co for its generous support of the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation during 2016.  We are honoured to have been one of five charities supported by the LOWBREWCO Charity Pints Program.

Each month during 2016, they picked one of their craft beers and donated ....

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.

To honour the memory of Deborah Battigelli, her family has established The Deborah Battigelli Memorial Fund at the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation. This Fund honours Deborah's love of life at the lake and her interest to preserve the lake area for future generations to continue to enjoy what she loved.

Research is beginning to provides answers to unlock the mysteries of Lake of the Woods water quality — summarized in this article republished from Field Notes, the newsletter of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station.

A vocal and engaged audience of Foundation supporters and LOWDPOA members packed the room in Kenora on August 10, to meet with the IJC Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board and with IJC Commissioners and staff advisors. The meeting focused on an update from the Board on activities during the year on water levels, public engagement, and water quality and ecosystem health.

During a session planned for an update on the IJC Water Quality Plan of Study, representatives from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Global Affairs Canada were invited to explain the announcement made by Canada, to assigning the $5.5 million earmarked for Lake of the Woods in the March 2016 Federal Budget to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for studies in the Canadian portion of the Lake of the Woods basin, rather than to the IJC for the IJC water quality plan of study.

Dr. Véronique P. Hiriart-Baer of ECCC presented a draft ECCC science plan -- there were numerous questions and concerns voiced by the public about this plan for governments to develop their own binational science plan, rather than through the IJC Plan of Study, that sent clear messages to the representatives of representatives from the Government of Canada who attended the meeting.