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.

The 17th annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum will take place:
March 11-12, 2020Rainy River Community College, International Falls, Minnesota

Abstract Deadline: January 17, 2020
. 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: 

  1. Nutrients & Algae:  Moving from science to action on Lake of the Woods nutrients and algae:
    • Special Focus Session: Environment and Climate Change Canada's Lake of the Woods science program (2016-2020), including overview of science objectives, state of the lake, new information on Canadian phosphorus sources, drivers and consequences of algal blooms. 

      ECCC will discuss detailed information on the integrated modeling framework developed, preliminary model outputs and how these will support policy decisions and actions.  ECCC will also present next steps in determining phosphorus reductions necessary to achieve desired water quality and ecosystem outcomes and the actions that could be taken to achieve those reductions.  A panel discussion session will follow.

    • Minnesota's phosphorus TMDL -- update

  2. Cyanotoxin research

  3. Much more:  Climate Change, invasive species, paleolimnlogy, fisheries...

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

Registration opened January 2, 2020 at Foundation's website: www.lowwsf.com/register

Abstract Deadline: January 17, 2020. 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.).

2020 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Forum, March 11-12, International Falls, MN
Registration is now open and closes March 6
Register and pay by February 7 to get the "Early Bird" rate of $80 USD
.

If you have already registered for the Forum - thank you and read on for more info!

Please register at the Foundation's website: www.lowwsf.com/register
  • Registration fee $90 USD.  Register and pay by February 7 to get the "Early Bird" rate of $80 USD
  • Students free with valid student ID - Enter: STUDENT2020 in the coupon field ( choose "Individual Registration" button -- discount coupon is not available as part of group registrations).
  • Registration includes lunch on the 11th, the Foundation Reception on the 11th, the walleye lunch on the 12th, and refreshment breaks both days.
  • 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 and please ensure that payment is received by February 8 for the early bird rate.
Conference details: at the Foundation's website www.lowwsf.com/watershed-forum.
Limited travel support may be available to assist postgraduate students to present their research at the Forum, through the Deborah Battigelli Memorial Fund at the Foundation.  Support is typically offered for up to one student per year.  To apply, contact Todd Sellers, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AmericInn 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.

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.

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.

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

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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