A Sustainability Plan

Put a plan in place — A sustainability plan for the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin.  A plan with internationally-agreed objectives, targets and actions needed.  An international framework to oversee the plan.  Sounds reasonable, right? 

Key elements of a plan are:

  • Nutrient management to combat harmful algal blooms
  • Aquatic Invasive Species prevention and response
  • Surface and Groundwater contamination risk mitigation
  • Systematic monitoring across the basin

We been working towards this goal and many of the pieces are being put in place, with nutrient plans being developed by Minnesota and Canada, invasive species risk assessment underway, and the IJC watershed Board established as the binational watershed governance framework in our basin,  with participation of government agencies, First Nations, Métis, US Tribes and the public

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Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is seeking your input to help shape the development of Lake Ecosystem Objectives and potential phosphorus reduction targets for Lake of the Woods. Your input will inform actions to help manage nutrient enrichment and harmful and nuisance algae blooms, and improve the health of the lake.

The Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation (LOWWSF) and the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association (LOWDSA) invite you to participate in Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) upcoming public consultations on developing potential measures to control phosphorus entering Lake of the Woods.  ECCC will be sharing its key findings and wants to hear your feedback to help confirm proposed lake ecosystem objectives and identify which phosphorus reduction option(s) are supported by the community to meet those objectives.