We’re working hard to protect our watershed.

20 years and 400 inspiring volunteers – MPCA Program Grows

In 1998, 17 volunteers began monitoring the health of 22 streams sites in southeast Minnesota. Today, more than 400 volunteers monitor 500 stream sites across the state as part of the Citizen Stream Monitoring program. The data is indispensable to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Volunteers adopt a stream site, use a simple tool called…

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Stewardship Youth Rangers: Reflecting on the Summer of 2017

Since 2013, The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong and the United Native Friendship Center have partnered to form the Stewardship Youth Ranger-Ogimaa Binesiiyog Shared Youth Program. The Youth Rangers finished another successful year in the Rainy River District; the 2017 season allowed youth aged 16-18 to participate in exciting work…

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Like Frogs?

Saturday, June 24, 2017 was wet and rainy but 32 people from Cook County ventured out to learn about frogs. An amphibian expert taught the group about frog calls, frog identification, learning why frogs are declining in numbers and learning how frogs can be indicators of water quality. Following inside activities, the group ventured outside…

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WRAPS Series: No. 1 – Rainy River Headwaters

This is a watershed shared almost equally between Canada and the U.S., the majority of it being undeveloped and utilized for timber production, hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreational opportunities. In 2014, Minnesota’s intensive watershed monitoring 10-year cycle began here and was completed in 2015. The MPCA and its partners monitored dozens of lakes and…

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WRAPS: A Series on Minnesota’s Watershed Approach

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) takes a watershed approach to restoring and protecting Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands and, in the case of the binational Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed, works in collaboration with agencies in Canada wherever possible. In the U.S., the funds used to accelerate efforts to monitor, assess, and restore impaired…

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Keep It Clean – Keeps Lake of the Woods Clean!

“Keep It Clean” was begun in 2012 at the south end of Lake of the Woods in Minnesota as a public awareness and education campaign to reduce the amount of litter left on the ice during the winter angling season. These efforts were led by a committee from the Lake of the Woods (LOW) Soil…

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Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods TMDL Study

Identify an issue, identify the cause, find a solution.  That’s the essence of Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study.  When the U.S. portion of Lake of the Woods was declared “impaired” for nutrients back in 2008, the work really got started to find out why and what to do. As…

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International Watershed Coordination Program

The International Watershed Coordination Program (IWCP) provides bi-national coordination and communication of research, management and citizen engagement for the shared waters of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed. The program links groups working on watershed activities at local, regional and binational scales : Local: individuals, groups and agencies engaged in watershed activities throughout the bi-national…

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Lake Associations

Lake Associations are the heart of stewardship!  Our watershed benefits from having over 40 within its boundaries, teeming with citizen scientists and lake lovers who are passionate about the health of the ecosystem – see if there is one near you! There are over 40 lake associations in this watershed, each with a unique focus…

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Ontario Lake Partner Program

Hundreds of people like you who care about water quality in their own backyards are volunteering their time to collect water quality data across Ontario, many right here in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed.  If you would like to be one of them, read on! The Lake Partner Program is Ontario’s volunteer-based, water-quality monitoring…

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