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.

2023 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum is returning to an in-person event this coming March!

Location:
  Minnesota North College - Rainy River campus, International Falls, MN (formerly known as the Rainy River Community College).

Date: March 8–9, 2023

Overview: Professional symposium for research and resource managers, policy makers and the public interested in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed

Registration is now open.  Registration cutoff deadline is February 24  a hard-stop as we must have catering numbers locked in by then!

Register online at: https://www.lowwsf.com/register

The Forum (March 8-9, 2023) returns to an in-person event at the Minnesota North College - Rainy River campus (formerly known as the Rainy River Community College).

Abstract Deadline: January 16, 2023. 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:  Title, Author(s), Author(s) agency affiliaion, Abstract, Location of study (i.e., lake name, river name, or GPS coordinate etc.).

new americinn frontThe new AmericInn Inn, International Falls MN.
2500 Keenan Drive, International Falls MN MN  (just 1 block west of the Community College site of the Forum)

Conference rate of $95.00 USD per night plus taxes.  Group code: Water Conference

  • For the group rate, you must make your reservation by phone (1-218-598-8510) direct to the property and quote the group code Water Conference. 
    (No web booking or central 800# booking)

  • Reservations must be made by February 7, 2023.  Rooms not reserved by Feb 7 will fall out of the block and will no longer be available for the discounted rate.

  • Rooms are held for arrival on March 7th 2023, with departure on March 10th 2023.

  • Cancellation Policy for AmericInn requires cancellation 24 hours in advance of 3 pm on March 6. Any cancellations after this time will be charged for one night, room and tax charge.

The AmericInn has a limited number of rooms set aside at this rate for our Forum and the new hotel is smaller than the old one. So...book early to ensure you get a room!

Reservations: 1-218-598-8510 (front desk);

Important!  You must call the front desk by Feb 7, 2023 to make reservation to get the group rate -- no online reservations or central 800 number reservations for group rate.

partners2023Thanks to our 2023 Forum Sponsors!The 2023 Forum would not be possible without the support of many organizations:

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.

Limited travel support may be available to assist postgraduate students to present their research at the Forum, from the Deborah Battigelli Memorial Fund at the Foundation.  Support is typically offered for up to one student per year.  To receive support through the fund, a candidate's research abstracts must be accepted for presentation at the Forum.  To apply, contact Todd Sellers, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Battigelli family established the Deborah Battigelli Memorial Fund at LOWWSF to honour 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.

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