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International Watershed Joint Commission


The future holds much promise for increased activity regarding watershed management in this basin, given the recent commitment of the U.S. and Canadian federal governments to improve binational water management for Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River 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 International Joint Commission has developed a Water Quality Plan of Study to address research and policy/governance needs for boundary waters in the 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 the International Joint Commission website or contact Kelli Saunders, Plan of Study Team Secretary at 807-548-8002 or