Kenora and Lake of the Woods are within a watershed that is shared by Ontario, Manitoba and Minnesota. The future holds much promise for increased activity and shared 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, the recent commitment of the Canadian federal government to fund nutrient research on Lake of the Woods and the work with our U.S. neighbours 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. To find out more about local stewardship activities around the watershed, both in Canada and the U.S., visit www.rainylakeofthewoods.org.
The federal government’s nutrient research is one piece of a larger set of research and policy/governance needs facing the watershed, as identified by the International Joint Commission: