The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum –
a meeting of all the minds in our basin.


Since 2004, the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum has been a strategic incubator for cross-border research, management collaboration, networking and communication. 

The Foundation leads a partnership of agencies to organize the Forum each year.  Attended each year by upwards of 160 research and resource managers, the Forum is the "hub" for all groups working to ensure the future ecological integrity of the waters of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin.

For 2021, the Kallemeyn Award will not be presented, as the Forum is being held as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We hope that in 2022 we will all gather again together to honour a deserving researcher or resource manager in person.

2020 Annoucement:

Tim Pascoe, Environmental Scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is the 2020 recipient of the Kallemeyn Award, recognizing his outstanding professional achievements and contributions to collaborative research and resource management in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin.

The Kallemeyn Award was presented to Tim by the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation on behalf of the researchers and resource managers from the United States and Canada attending the 2020 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum in International Falls, MN.
Read the full 2020 Kallemeyn Award announcement

  • Outstanding professional achievement in scientific research or resource management.
  • Significant contributions to collaborative and cooperative approaches to research or resource management internationally.

For 2021, the Wilson Stewardship Award will not be presented, as the Forum is being held as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We hope that in 2022 we will all gather again together to honour a deserving individual or group in person.

2020 Annoucement:

Pauline Gerrard of local world-class scientific facility IISD-ELA receives international award for environmental education and outreach.

Pauline Gerrard, Deputy Director of IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) in northwestern Ontario, has just received the 2020 Wilson Stewardship Award. She was honoured for this international award for her leadership in developing environmental education programs at IISD-ELA; for building knowledge sharing between scientists, First Nations community members and the general public; and for helping to educate the scientists of tomorrow.

The Wilson Award was presented by the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation on behalf of the community of researchers, resource managers and water stewards from the United States and Canada attending the 2020 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum in International Falls, MN.

The Wilson Stewardship Award is presented annually by the Foundation to individuals, groups, or projects that have made significant contributions to environmental stewardship in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed through:
  • Education, outreach, civic engagement and participation in stewardship initiatives or program development.
  • Projects or programs focused on protection, restoration, preservation or reduction of environmental impact and development of sustainable practices.

Kelly Macgillivray, Battigelli Award Recipient 2020Kelly Macgillivray, MSc. candidate at Trent University, is a recipient of the 2020 Deborah Battigelli Memorial Award. Presented by the Foundation, this Award provides financial assistance to graduate students to present their research at the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum.

Kelly's research is improving our understanding of sources of nutrients and potential best management practices to limit phosphorus loading to the Rainy River and to Lake of the Woods.  Kelly will deliver the Deborah Battigelli Memorial presentation at the Forum titled "Longitudinal patterns in nutrient export in the lower Rainy River watershed".

Seth McWhorter, Battigelli Award Recipient 2020Seth McWhorter, MSc. candidate at the University of Georgia, Warnell School of Natural Resources, is a recipient of the 2020 Deborah Battigelli Memorial Award. Presented by the Foundation, this Award provides financial assistance to graduate students to present their research at the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum.

Seth's research into cyanotoxins in water and fish fillets should contribute to ecological risk assessments and importantly help inform human health risk in lake and areas plagued by cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms.  Seth will deliver a presentation at the Forum titled "Investigating presence of cyanotoxins in fish of Voyageurs National Park".

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