Red Lake Band Continues Long-term Monitoring of Water Quality in Northwest Angle

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Department of Natural Resources (RL DNR) Water Resources Program has been collecting water quality data from stream sites at the Northwest Angle (NWA) since 2004. In 2009, the Red Lake Band, along with eight other entities, signed the Lake of the Woods Multi-Agency Arrangement to coordinate and collaborate…

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Volunteers Needed!

In an effort to expand citizen-driven water quality data collection throughout the basin, a binational effort to recruit volunteers is underway as part of the International Watershed Coordination Program. Ontario and Minnesota have a large network of citizen scientists who collect water clarity and water quality data as part of either the Lake Partner Program…

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Storm Drain Stenciling Across the Border

Storm drains in Fort Frances, ON, Kenora, ON and International Falls, MN got a face lift this summer! As part of a binational initiative to raise awareness of water quality stewardship in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed, these communities came together to place messages beside storm drains that drain directly into the Rainy River…

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Beer ‘N Trees

On July 26th, 2017, the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association (LOWDPOA) officially kicked off a unique partnership with Lake of the Woods Brewing Company in Kenora, Ontario –  one that will see 5000 red pine seedlings planted in May 2018. Lake of the Woods Brewing Company recently introduced its Papermaker Pilsner, named…

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Lake Vermilion Boat Inspection Program Expands

To counter the increasing threat from aquatic invasive species (AIS), watercraft inspections at Lake Vermilion topped 12,000 in 2016, a 15-fold increase over the prior year. Lake Vermilion in St. Louis County is a popular destination for fishermen and recreational boaters throughout the Midwest. Beginning at fishing opener in May, over 25 Minnesota Dept. of…

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Lake of the Woods Water Quality Study Team Invites Input

  The Lake of the Woods Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study that started in 2015 is entering its final phase which includes developing the restoration plan and gathering public input on that plan and the TMDL study itself. The TMDL study will meet the requirements of Minnesota and United States regulations. However, the stewardship…

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Watershed Information Featured in Local Restaurants

Restaurant patrons had some reading material and fun activities for their kids the past few summers at several establishments that agreed to use paper placements designed specifically for the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed. A colourful front page with interesting facts about the watershed and its geography, facts about Aquatic Invasive Species and a number…

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