After each seminar, videos will be linked for your viewing convenience.

July 29

12:00 p.m. CST

Vince Palace, IISD-Experimental Lakes Area

The Experimental Lakes Area: An overview of the world’s freshwater laboratory and research into the impacts of oil on freshwater systems and how best to clean it up

Dr. Vince Palace, Head Research Scientist at IISD-ELA, will provide an overview of whole ecosystem science conducted at the IISD-ELA facility with a particular focus on an ongoing study of the environmental impacts of oil on freshwater systems and the potential of different clean up methods. 

IISD-ELA is an exceptional natural laboratory comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds set aside for scientific research.  By manipulating these small lakes, scientists are able to examine how all aspects of the ecosystem—from the atmosphere to fish populations—respond. This unique research approach has influenced billion-dollar decisions of governments and industries. It has generated more cost-effective environmental policies, regulations and management, all to ensure the safety of our freshwater supplies.  Research at IISD-ELA on the environmental impacts of oil spills in freshwater systems started in 2017 and has included work aimed and understanding what happens when oil is released into freshwater systems and improving our understanding of the implications of different methods for cleaning it up.

August 5

12:00 p.m. CST

Rob Davis, EcoEthic, Inc.

What Can I Do? – Part I: Sewage Systems: Pitfalls, Solutions and Folklore

Rob Davis is a wastewater consultant and educator with EcoEthic Inc. and is also a waterfront resident. This session will focus on how various sewage systems work and what causes them to pollute / fail.

Join in for an engaging and humorous discussion of all things septic and wastewater.

August 12

12:00 p.m. CST

Mark Edlund, Science Museum of MN and Matt Julius, St. Cloud State

Limnology 101

In border country, lakes are a huge part of our lives. We live on them, play in them, fish in them, and depend on them. But lakes are more than just a big body of water.  Listen to the very entertaining Matt Julius (St. Cloud State) and Mark Edlund (Science Museum of Minnesota) as they discuss how lakes form, different types of lakes, how they function, how we manage them, and how lucky we are to have lakes in our lives.

August 19

12:00 p.m. CST

Dan Steward, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, and James Aasen, Koochiching SWCD

Forestry and Water Quality

Join Dan Steward to talk about forestland conservation tools and their connection to Minnesota’s One Watershed One Plans through the Landscape Stewardship Plan (LSP).  Gain insights from his examples from the lakes and streams of north-central Minnesota. You’ll also get information on resources available to you in your area (U.S. residents).

August 26

12:00 p.m. CST

Tiffany Sprague and Jesse Schomberg, University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program

What Can I Do?  Part II: Green Infrastructure for the Home: Rain Gardens, Buffers and More

Join Tiffany Sprague and Jesse Schomberg with the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program to hear an overview of practices you can do at your home or small business to manage stormwater. Allowing runoff to infiltrate on your property keeps community infrastructure, local streams and your neighbors happy. Many practices also provide additional benefits such as a colorful aesthetic with beautiful flowers and habitat for pollinators, birds and beneficial wildlife. This presentation will give you the vocabulary and starting point to dig deeper into practices you may wish to install.

September 2

12:00 p.m. CST

Mark Edlund, Science Museum of MN and Matt Julius, St. Cloud State

Algae 101

Most people don’t even notice algae. But algae form the base of the food chain in Lake of the Woods. Mark Edlund with Science Museum of Minnesota and Matt Julius of St. Cloud State will talk about different types of algae, their role in our lakes and rivers, and what happens when algae go bad. 

September 9

12:00 p.m. CST

Lucas King, Grand Council Treaty 3

Nibi (water) Declaration: Anishinaabe Water Governance in the Treaty 3 Area

This presentation will focus on the development of the Declaration and how, as an indigenous values policy, the Declaration can influence and guide watershed management planning and protection moving forward.