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 several 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 and Kenora, ON and Rainier and International Falls, MN got a face lift over the past few summers! 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…

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Beer ‘N Trees

In the summer of 2017, the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association kicked off a unique partnership with Lake of the Woods Brewing Company in Kenora, Ontario –  one that saw 5000 red pine seedlings planted in May 2018. Lake of the Woods Brewing Company brews a beer called Papermaker Pilsner, named in recognition…

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AIS Boat Inspections at Lake Vermilion Expand to Private Resorts

Lake Vermilion in St Louis County is a popular destination for fishermen and recreational boaters. About 16,000 boats from all over the Midwest launch at 17 public and 20+ private accesses each year. As the Vermilion Lake Association (VLA) looked closely at the level of risk posed by boats entering Lake Vermilion, they found a…

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Lake of the Woods Draft TMDL under review

The Lake of the Woods Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study that started in 2015 is now in its final phase of internal review, a public comment period and final approval by USEPA.  The TMDL study addresses the nutrient impairment of Minnesota’s portion of the Lake of the Woods, which does not meet water quality…

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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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