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.

2022ForumCvrThe Proceedings Report of the 2022 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum is available for download at the Foundation’s website: Held March 9-10 as a virtual online event, 144 researchers, resource managers, policy makers, and members of the public put Lake of the Woods and its watershed under the microscope. The report covers a wide range of subjects: including: water governance and Indegenous perspectives, the State of the Basin Report, nutrients & algae, invasive species, and emerging issues and technologies. 

Most presentations were recorded and are available for viewing for a limited time at

Please download a copy of the report or go to the website to view any presentation recordings that are of interest to you.

A huge thank you to St. Cloud State University for doing everything we needed to take the Forum virtual this year.
A special "shout out" from us to St. Cloud U's Reuben Wagenius, ITV/Video Conferencing Guru, and Matt Julius, Professor for all their work to make the video-conference possible. 


Registration deadline is March 1, 2022

If you have already registered for the Forum - thank you!
If is filling up rapidly so please register now.

Register at the Foundation's website
This year's Forum (March 9-10, 2022) will be a virtual-online event.

  • Registration fee remains reduced to $30 USD this year. 
  • Students free with valid student ID - Enter: STUDENT2022 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

Register Now:

thumb 2022prog cvrPlease note there have been a few minor changes to the schedule - download an updated copy please.

The full   pdf 2022 Forum Program & Abstracts (720 KB)  for the 2022 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum is now available. A   Speaker Schedule Quickview for the two day event is also available.

The Forum starts at 12:00 noon on March 9 and ends at 5:15 pm on March 10 -- a virtual online event again this year.

Theme sessions: Water Governance, State of the Basin, Nutrients, Emerging Issues and Technologies

If you plan to attend and have not registered already, please register by March 1! Register Now 

2022 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum will take place virtually this coming March.

Virtual Forum dates: March 9 (12:00 noon to 5 pm) and March 10 (8:30 am to 5:10 pm)

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

Themes: Water Governance, State of the Basin, Nutrients, Monitoirng, Emerging Issues and Technologies.  
Each session will be followed by a moderated town hall style Q&A discussions

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.  Like last year, the Forum will be held virtually as a Zoom Webinar, due to continued uncertainty about cross border travel. 

  • 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.
  • 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 Zoom Q&A feature.  

Conference details: at the Foundation's website

The 2022 Forum would not be possible without the support of:


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
  • Jesse Anderson, 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, Rainy River Community College
  • Diana Fred, 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

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