The Ontario Approach: Broadscale Monitoring

In Ontario, fisheries management planning and Broadscale Monitoring are done on the basis of Fisheries Management Zones (FMZ). The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin is mostly contained within FMZ5 although the far eastern part of the basin is within FMZ6.  In Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is responsible for fish and…

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WRAPS (Minnesota) And Broadscale Monitoring (Ontario): Two Approaches, One Watershed

The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin is shared between Minnesota and Ontario, with a small portion in Manitoba, Canada.  When broken down into its ten major watersheds, it becomes even more obvious that water knows no boundaries and the watershed boundaries are what matter.  However, the way in which data are collected, water is monitored…

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IJC WATERSHED BOARD WANTS YOUR HELP!

The International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board launched a project this year to develop recommendations for water quality and aquatic ecosystem health Objectives and Alerts (advisory triggers) for the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed.  They would like to hear from you on your perspectives and expectations for aquatic ecosystem health in…

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2019 Watershed Forum – Plan to Attend!

For the 16th year, the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum is set to bring together the many researchers, resource managers, organizations and interested public together to share information on the health of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed ecosystem. This year’s Forum features sessions on binational updates, foundational work for establishing water quality objectives…

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Controlling Exotic Cattails Invading Wild Rice Stands: Rainy Lake

The native species of cattails in Canada is Typha latifolia. Although the native species can form large monocultures, it is limited to depths of less than 25 cm. By comparison, the exotic, Typha angustifolia, or the hybrid, Typha glauca, can tolerate depths of up to 1.5 m. T. angustifolia spread from the eastern seaboard of…

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Videos Explain How Water Flows in Rainy-Namakan System

The water levels on Rainy Lake and the Namakan Chain of Lakes have been controlled by dams for more than 100 years and, since 1949, according to formal rules established jointly by Canada and the U.S. through the International Joint Commission (IJC).  While the dam and the “rule curves” are very familiar to people in…

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The ON-MN Boundary Waters Fisheries Atlas – Collaboration at its Best!

For more than thirty years, Fisheries Managers and Biologists from Ontario and Minnesota have worked together to manage the fisheries within the shared waters along the International border, with the help of the joint Boundary Waters Fisheries Atlas. Working under the direction of the Ontario-Minnesota Fisheries Committee (representing the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and…

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Planning for 7 Generations: Water and Climate Change

On November 22 and 23, 2017, The Territorial Planning Unit of Grand Council Treaty #3 hosted Gaanawendagoziwinaan [Planning for 7 Generations: A Conference on Climate and Water] at Seven Generations Education Institute in Kenora, ON. Gaanawendagoziwinaan was attended by many, (70 participants on day 1, over 90 on day 2) representing 20 Treaty #3 First…

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Take a Kid Fishing!

Cook County hosted a morning of fishing for kids in June 2017 at Mink Lake, as part of the annual Take A Kid Fishing Weekend by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR). In Cook County, it is a collaborative effort with the United States Forest Service (USFS), MNDNR, Cook County Soil and Water Conservation…

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Scientists Unlock the Past

Over the past several years, scientists from Minnesota and Ontario have been collecting sediment cores from the bottom of Lake of the Woods to help understand how phosphorus loadings have changed over time and why. Cores taken from strategic locations in the lake are dated using radioisotopes and the amount of phosphorus in each depth increment is…

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