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.

2021 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum will take place virtually this coming March.

Virtual Forum dates: March 10–11, 2021

Abstract Deadline: January 19, 2021. Please get your abstracts in early!
See Abstract Submission for submittal requirements.

Overview: Professional symposium for researchers and resource managers working in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed.

Themes: Climate change, nutrients & algae, invasive species, paleolimnology, fisheries and more!

Two Focus Sessions with moderated town hall style discussions will provide additional interaction opportunity, in addition to the regular presentations sessions:

  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • From science to action on nutrients and algae, including:
    • Engagement session with Environment and Climate Change Canada to seek input on lake ecosystem objectives and options for reducing phosphorus from Canadian sources.

Virtual Structure: We are aiming to have the presentation sessions as close to the traditional oral presentations of the Forum with as much interaction as possible. 

  • Presentations will be pre-recorded to minimize possibility of technical issues during the sessions. We will be providing presenters technical instructions and facilitation to help with the recording.
  • Presentations will be available for a week ahead of the Forum, so that attendees can preview at their own pace. 
  • During the Forum, presentations will be streamed during themed sessions and followed by moderated live question and answer discussion with the authors.   
  • Forum attendees will also be able to submit questions directly using the "chat" feature.  

Conference details: at the Foundation's website www.lowwsf.com/watershed-forum.

Abstract Deadline: January 19, 2021. Please get your abstracts in early!

Please submit the following to Todd Sellers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Presenter Information: Name, Research Organization or Agency, Mailing Address, Telephone, Email, Brief Bio.
  • Submittal Information: Author(s), Presentation or Poster, Title, Abstract, Location of study (i.e., lake name, river name, or GPS coordinate etc.).

Registration is now open

Please register at the Foundation's website: www.lowwsf.com/register

  • Registration fee is reduced to $30 USD this year. 
  • Students free with valid student ID - Enter: STUDENT2021 in the coupon field (choose "Individual Registration" button -- discount coupon is not available as part of group registrations).
  • Major credit cards are accepted for online payment and is the preferred option.  If necessary, you may choose an offline "Pay Offline" option such as Mail-in, Purchase Orders/Commissioners Warrants etc. but you must complete the online registration form.

Conference details: at the Foundation's website www.lowwsf.com/watershed-forum.

Thanks to our 2021 sponsors to date:

  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Rainy Lake Conservancy

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.

  • Todd Sellers, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
  • Andrew Paterson, Ontario Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks
  • Jesse Anderson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Kelly Sjerven, Rainy River Community College
  • Lucas King, Territorial Planning Unit, Grand Council Treaty 3
  • Kayla Bowe, Red Lake Department of Natural Resources
  • Ryan Maki, Voyageurs National Park
  • Tim Pascoe, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Matt Julius, Minnesota St. Cloud State University
  • Kelli Saunders, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation

Proceedings Reports of the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum are available from 2006 onward, here:  Forum Proceedings

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.

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