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.

  • 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
  • Anna DeSellas, Ontario Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks

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

Kelly Macgillivray, Battigelli Award Recipient 2020Kelly Macgillivray, MSc. candidate at Trent University, is a recipient of the 2020 Deborah Battigelli Memorial Award. Presented by the Foundation, this Award provides financial assistance to graduate students to present their research at the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum.

Kelly's research is improving our understanding of sources of nutrients and potential best management practices to limit phosphorus loading to the Rainy River and to Lake of the Woods.  Kelly will deliver the Deborah Battigelli Memorial presentation at the Forum titled "Longitudinal patterns in nutrient export in the lower Rainy River watershed".

Seth McWhorter, Battigelli Award Recipient 2020Seth McWhorter, MSc. candidate at the University of Georgia, Warnell School of Natural Resources, is a recipient of the 2020 Deborah Battigelli Memorial Award. Presented by the Foundation, this Award provides financial assistance to graduate students to present their research at the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum.

Seth's research into cyanotoxins in water and fish fillets should contribute to ecological risk assessments and importantly help inform human health risk in lake and areas plagued by cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms.  Seth will deliver a presentation at the Forum titled "Investigating presence of cyanotoxins in fish of Voyageurs National Park".

MedlundcoreInterested in Civic Engagement?  Attend the Binational Civic Engagement Workshop on Tuesday, March 10.

Held the day prior to the Watershed Forum, this annual workshop is for lake associations, soil and water conservation districts, land owners and individuals interested or engaged in water and environmental stewardship programs and projects. 

It’s an opportunity to network and learn innovative new ideas to get people involved!  This year, we are honoured to have guest speaker Mark Edlund from the Science Museum of Minnesota with an inspiring talk: “Putting the Science to Work”.  Please RSVP by March 3 if you would like to present and/or attend to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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