Spiny waterfleas are a threat to our lake ecosystems – you can help stop the spread!

Spiny waterfleas are small aquatic predators native to Eurasia. The first report of spiny waterfleas in North America was in Lake Ontario in 1982 and was introduced to the Great Lakes in ballast water from ocean-going ships. “Spiny” is a species of zooplankton – small animals that rely on water currents and wind to move…

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2021 Community Engagement Workshop Draws a Big Crowd Virtually

This year’s annual workshop was a true testament to how we can adapt our engagement for the collective efforts on stewardship. On March 31st, 2021, 38 people came together on Zoom and worked together, with our two presenters, to discuss the most effective ways to engage citizens in science and stewardship. The lessons learned came…

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Town Island – A New Future?

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a non-profit organization that works to protect natural areas through securing properties and managing them for the long term, ensuring their ecological integrity. NCC is partnering with the City of Kenora, local residents, cottagers and campers to protect 82 hectares (202 acres) on Town Island, at the north…

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Environment & Climate Change Canada – Public Engagement on Phosphorus Targets

For the past few early months of 2021, the Foundation has been helping the public connect and “have their say” with the team at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) about their plans for managing algae blooms on Lake of the Woods.  A big thank you to all who took the time to participate in…

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Excellent Education Leadership at the Local Level

Located in International Falls, MN, Koochiching Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) strives to serve the public when it comes to natural resources education. It is, in fact, in our mission statement! “The mission of the Koochiching SWCD is to conserve and protect the soil and water resources by educating and assisting land users in…

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Conservation in the Rainy Lake to Lake of the Woods Natural Area

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Canada’s largest private land conservation organization, has been conserving important natural spaces since 1962. NCC’s conservation work is focused in Natural Areas and is guided by what are known as Natural Area Conservation Plans (NACP). The Rainy River to Lake of the Woods NACP was recently updated and will…

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Water Declaration for Treaty 3 Territory

Grand Council Treaty (GCT) #3 Women’s Council received support in May of 2019 by the Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3 for their continued work on NiBi (water) and the sacred Nibi Declaration. The concept of developing a Water Declaration is to ensure that Treaty #3 Anishinaabe Nibi Inaakonigewin (water law principles) are recorded and formally…

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Leaders from Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3 and IJC Meet

In August of 2019, leadership from the Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3 and technical support staff met with International Joint Commission (IJC) Commissioners and staff at Prairie Firehouse in Brandon, MB, which is on Treaty #2 land. The meeting was attended by Canadian Commissioners Beland, Lickers and Phare and U.S. Commissioners Corwin, Sisson and Yohe….

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Water Quality Objectives and Alerts Report Phase 1

The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board (IRLWWB or board) completed Phase I of a project to set the foundation for recommending water quality Objectives and Alerts for the basin. As stated in the report, Water Quality Objectives are internationally agreed upon standards, whereas Alert Levels are advisory level triggers that can be brought to the…

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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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