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CITIZENS HAVE BEEN MONITORING MINNESOTA'S LAKES AND STREAMS FOR 20 YEARS!

It started in 1998 with 17 volunteers monitoring the health of 22 streams sites in southeast Minnesota. Today there are more than 400 volunteers and 500 stream sites across Minnesota. The data they collect are indispensable to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). If you’d like to be part of this program to help ensure clean water in Minnesota, go to the program’s webpage at www.pca.state.mn.us/cmp, or call the MPCA at 651-296-6300 (Twin Cities) or 1-800-657-3864 (Greater Minnesota). The MPCA provides equipment and training, and no experience is needed. View Press Release: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/featured/20-years-400-volunteers-and-priceless-information-about-water-quality

EXPLORE THE RAINY-LAKE OF THE WOODS BASIN THROUGH A VIRTUAL TOUR

The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed is incredibly unique – it straddles the Canada/U.S. border and is dominated by water – streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes. Because about 41% of the watershed is in the U.S.A. (Minnesota) and 59% is in Canada (Ontario and Manitoba) agencies work across the border to ensure healthy waters. Not only does water provide the foundation for the thriving fishery and tourism industry, it is a vital source of drinking water for many communities including International Falls in MN, Fort Frances and Kenora in ON, Winnipeg, MB and many First Nation and tribal communities.

WATERSHED RESTORATION AND PROTECTION PROJECTS - A VIRTUAL TOUR OF LOCAL PROJECTS

The Lake of the Woods Sustainability Foundation has created an interactive website specifically for the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin as a hub for you to get all your Basin-wide information. Here, you will find all the latest newsletters, events, and resources.

NEW: RAINY-LAKE OF THE WOODS WATERSHED WEBSITE

The Lake of the Woods Sustainability Foundation has created an interactive website specifically for the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin as a hub for you to get all your Basin-wide information. Here, you will find all the latest newsletters, events, and resources.

WATERSHED RESTORATION AND PROTECTION: A SHARED STORY

The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin is shared between Minnesota and Ontario, with a small portion in Manitoba, Canada. When broken down into its ten major watersheds, it becomes very obvious that water knows no boundaries and the watershed boundaries are what matter.
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RAINY-LAKE OF THE WOODS BASIN NEWS & EVENTS

WATERSHED NEWS: A SERIES ABOUT WATER QUALITY ON LAKE OF THE WOODS

By Kelli Saunders, International Watershed Coordinator

WHAT IS A WATERSHED AND WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT OURS?

OUR WATERSHED: IS IT HEALTHY?

IJC NEEDS PUBLIC'S HELP IN SETTING WATER QUALITY TARGETS FOR LAKE OF THE WOODS

THE RAINY RIVER - AN ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION SUCCESS STORY

LAKE OF THE WOODS: THE ALGAE MYSTERY

TOXIC BLUE-GREEN ALGAE IS ACTUALLY A CYANOBACTERIA

CONTAMINANTS, EROSION, INVASIVE SPECIES - WHAT'S HAPPENING?

CONTAMINANTS, EROSION, INVASIVE SPECIES - WHAT'S HAPPENING?

INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION IS ALIVE AND WELL ON RAINY - LAKE OF THE WOODS WATERSHED

WE ALL CAN PLAY A ROLE IN PROTECTING WATER QUALITY

DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHAT I DO?

CANADA'S SCIENCE PROGRAM PART TWO: BASELINE MONITORING

WATER LEVELS: HOW ARE THEY MANAGED IN THIS WATERSHED?

SO YOU WANT TO BECOME A CITIZEN SCIENTIST?

PROGRAMS MONITOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ON LAKE OF THE WOODS

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO KEEP AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES FROM SPREADING

CANADA'S SCIENCE PROGRAM: PARTY FOUR - WHAT DRIVES ALGAE BLOOMS?

WHY DOES THE WATER FLOW NORTH?

PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT - IN WINTER TOO!

BI-NATIONAL DRAIN STENCIL PROJECT

Most storm sewer drains in the U.S. and Canada drain directly to a water body.  Koochiching SWCD partnered with the Lake of the Woods Sustainability Foundation to work with local students on both sides of the border to mark as many drains as possible to help make the public aware that anything that is dumped will go directly to our waterways.  The effort was led by Kelli Saunders of the Lake of the Woods Sustainability Foundation, each school’s shop class created the stencils, the city/town assisted, the school was directly involved, and Koochiching SWCD gave a presentation on how runoff affects our water.

This project is funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and The Clean Water Fund.

On May 25, 2017, 6th graders from Falls Elementary School participated in the drain stencil project and completed almost 60 stencils near the school!

The project has been repeated each spring since!

On May 31, 2017, The 8th graders of Fort Frances High School painted a whopping 70 drain stencils starting near the Sorting Gap Marina all the way to the hospital and between.

The same project has been repeated every spring since!

LAKE OF THE WOODS SUSTAINABILITY FOUNDATION

MIKE KENNEDY

Project Manager
218-302-6629
mike.kennedy@state.mn.us

AMY MUSTONEN

Watershed Project Manager
218-302-6638
amy.mustonen@state.mn.us

CARY HERNANDEZ

Watershed Project Manager
218-302-8124
cary.hernandez@state.mn.us

JOLEN SIMON

Program Coordinator
218-283-1180
jolen.simon@co.koochiching.mn.us

KIM YANKOWIAK

Water Resources Technician/Specialist
218-283-1180
kim.yankowiak@itascaswcd.org

PHIL NORVITCH

Resource Conservationist
218-471-7287
phil@nslswcd.org

KATE KUBIAK

Conservation Specialist
218-723-4867
Kate.Kubiak@southstlouisswcd.org

MIKE HIRST

Resource Technician
218-634-1842 ext. 4
mike.hirst@mn.nacdnet.net

DERRICK PASSE

Project Coordinator
218-834-8575
derrick.passe@co.lake.mn.us

PHILIP LARSON

Conservation Technician
218-387-3649
philip.larson@co.cook.mn.us

ZACHRIE GUTKNECHT

JANINE LOVOLD

Water Planner
218-463-1903
janine.lovold@mn.nacdnet.net