We’re working hard to protect our watershed.

Series: No. 7 – Rapid River Watershed

The Rapid River Watershed, 573,060 acres in size, is entirely in the U.S., with over 79% of the land owned or managed by state entities. There are 134 farms within its boundaries, most less than 1,000 acres in size.  As with many areas of northern Minnesota, principal industries include forest product harvesting, forest product manufacturing,…

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Series: No. 8 – Rainy Lake Watershed

This watershed is immense, the majority of it being within Canada.  In the U.S., the eastern two-thirds of massive Rainy Lake is part of the border lakes in Voyageurs National Park (VNP), as are adjacent Namakan and Sand Point Lakes. VNP also includes Kabetogama Lake. These four very large, interconnected lakes provide spectacular, undeveloped scenery,…

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Series: No. 9 – Lake of the Woods Watershed

The Lake of the Woods Watershed is a massive, binational watershed with the majority in Ontario, a small portion in Manitoba and the remainder in Minnesota.   Resource concerns in the U.S. portion include excessive wetness, wetland and woodland management, the short growing season, pasture management and surface water quality, with specific concerns for nutrient enrichment…

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Series: No. 10 – Shoal Lake

The Shoal Lake watershed covers approximately 960 km2 on the Manitoba-Ontario border, with the area shared almost equally between Manitoba and Ontario. Major waterbodies in the watershed include Shoal Lake, Falcon Lake and High Lake. The Shoal Lake watershed is home to the First Nation communities of Iskatewizaagegan No.39 Independent First Nation and Shoal Lake…

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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: A Great Learning Experience

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 (SYR) -Ogimaa Binesiiyog Shared Youth Program. Originated out of Fort Frances, ON, the Ogimaa Binesiiyog SYR Partnership Program now includes the Kenora district.  In past years, the teams…

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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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Keep It Clean – Keeps Lake of the Woods Clean!

Keep It Clean was created to protect, maintain and promote cleanliness for the beautiful landscape, water resources and shorelines of Lake of the Woods as a special place for everyone to visit and enjoy.  This campaign began in 2012 at the south end of Lake of the Woods in Minnesota as a public awareness and…

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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 binational…

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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! Each lake association has a unique focus and membership, but many have a common…

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