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International Watershed Joint Commission

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We are Part of An International Watershed

The future holds much promise for increased activity regarding watershed management in this basin, given the recent establishment in 2013 of the International Joint Commission’s International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board and the recent commitment of the Canadian federal government to fund nutrient research on Lake of the Woods and work with U.S. partners to improve binational water management for the Rainy-Lake of the Woods basin.  This initiative will require local commitment and participation from the City of Kenora and the Lake of the Woods Development Commission. The City has supported this international collaboration for many years and now is defining its own grassroots programs to instil a sense of pride and protection of our water resource.

The federal government’s nutrient research is one piece of a larger Water Quality Plan of Study developed by the International Joint Commission to address research and policy/governance needs for boundary waters in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin with a focus on:

  • Nutrients and algal blooms
  • Aquatic invasive species
  • Surface and groundwater contaminants
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Impacts of hydrologic regulation

To find out more visit International Joint Commission or contact Kelli Saunders, International Watershed Coordinator at 807-548-8002 or saundersk@ottawa.ijc.org or ksaunders@lowwsf.com.