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.

2020 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Forum, March 11-12, International Falls, MN
Registration is now open and closes March 6.
Register at: www.lowwsf.com/register

2020 Program CoverThe draft   pdf 2020 Forum Program & Abstracts (1.23 MB)  for the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum is now available.

The Forum starts at 9 am on March 11 and ends at 4:10 pm on March 12 - Rainy River Community College in International Falls, MN.

Theme sessions: Watershed Governance, Cyanotoxins, Environment & Climate Change Canada Science Program

Moderated Panel Discussion on: Opportunities moving forward: Building from the science to address ecosystem health

If you plan to attend and have not registered already, please register asap! Register Now

AmericInn International FallsAmericInn Inn, International Falls MN. Conference rate of $96.00 USD per night plus taxes.

Make your reservations by February 22, 2020 and quote the group code WaterForum2020

Reservations: 1-218-283-8000 (front desk);

Important!  You must call the front desk to make reservation to get the group rate -- no online reservations or central 800 number reservations for group rate.

To honour the memory of Deborah Battigelli, her family 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.  The Fund assists the up-and-coming generation of scientists with their research on our lakes with limited travel support to present their research at the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum.

Deborah Battigelli Memorial Fund Awards Announcement 2020

Battigelli Award - 2020 Recipient Kelly Macgillivray

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".

Read more...Recipient Kelly Mcgillivray

Battigelli Award - 2020 Recipient Seth McWorter

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".

Read more...Recipient Seth McWhorter


Read more...2020 Battigelli Memorial Awards

March 11-12, 2020 at the Rainy River Community College in International Falls, MN.
Session themes: 

  1. International watershed governance
  2. Focus Session: Cyanotoxins
  3. Ecosystem monitoring, research and management
  4. Focus Session:  Environment and Climate Change Canada's Lake of the Woods Science Program (2016-2020) and policy next steps towards ecosystem objectives, nutrient objectives and targets
  5. Moderated panel discussion:  Opportunities moving forward: Building from science to date to address ecosystem health

Nominations for the 2020 Kallemeyn Award will be accepted until February 17, 2020.

The 2020 Kallemeyn Award will be presented on the evening of March 11, 2020 at the Foundation Reception during the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, in International Falls, Minnesota.  The Awardee will be announced at that time.

The Kallemeyn Award is presented annually by the Foundation to an individual who has demonstrated in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed:

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

Nominations for the 2020 Wilson Stewardship Award will be accepted until February 17, 2020.

The 2020 Wilson Stewardship Award will be presented on the evening of March 11, 2020 at the Foundation Reception during the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, in International Falls, Minnesota. The Awardee will be announced at that time.

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.

Thanks to our 2020 sponsors to date:

  • Consulate General of Canada - Minneapolis, Global Affairs Canada
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association
  • Rainy Lake Conservancy
  • Rainy Lake Property Owners Association
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Voyageurs National Park Association

To become a sponsor, please contact Todd Sellers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or toll free 886-370-8891.

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