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: 

  • Moving from science to action on Lake of the Woods nutrients and algae - focus session on Canadian federal science program and Minnesota TMDL update
  • Cyanotoxin research
  • Climate change, invasive species, paleolimnology, fisheries and more...

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

Registration will open 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.).
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 open December 1, 2019 and be accepted until February 14, 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 open December 1, 2019 and be accepted until February 14, 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:

  • Rainy River Community College
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation

Thanks as well to our 2019 sponsors for assisting with last year's International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum. This event would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of the researchers and resource managers and the assistance of the following groups:

  • International Joint Commission
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Consulate General of Canada - Minneapolis, Global Affairs Canada
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Dorset Environmental Sciences Centre (Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Parks)
  • Rainy Lake Conservancy
  • Rainy Lake Property Owners Association
  • Voyageurs National Park Association
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada / Environnement et Changement climatique Canada
  • Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation

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 and Climate Change
  • Jesse Anderson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Kelly Sjerven, Rainy River Community College
  • Kayla Bowe, Red Lake Department of Natural Resources
  • Ryan Maki, Voyageurs National Park
  • Tim Pascoe, Environment Canada
  • Matt Julius, Minnesota St. Cloud State University
  • Kelli Saunders, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
  • Anna DeSellas, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

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