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Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed – A Busy Place in August

Kelli Saunders
Water Matters - Paddlers on Crane Lake, Minnesota

The Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed will be a busy place this August as the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board hosts its annual public meetings and takes part in the first binational lake association network event for the shared watershed.

This year, the Board will travel to three locations in the watershed to meet with the public in mid-August: Kenora, Ontario; Fort Frances, Ontario and Crane Lake, Minnesota. Members of the public will be able to hear about the board’s activities and ask questions or express views about the management of water levels and flows or water quality matters in the watershed. The Fort Frances meeting will be a joint meeting between the Board and the IJC and will be an opportunity for the public to hear the results of the recently issued 2014 High Water Levels Report, plans for the upcoming Rainy-Namakan Rule Curve Review and Board activities over the last year.

MONDAY, AUG. 10, 2015 – 2-4 p.m.
Lakeside Inn & Conference Centre
470 First Avenue South
Kenora, Ontario

TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2015 – 7-9 p.m.

La Place Rendez-Vous
1201 Idylwild Main
Fort Frances, Ontario

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2015 – 7-8:30 p.m.

Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats Resort
7576 Gold Coast Road
Crane Lake, Minnesota

Crane Lake, Minnesota. Credit: Greg Walters
Crane Lake, Minnesota. Credit: Greg Walters

On Aug. 13, lake associations from Canada and the U.S., within the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed, are getting together for a day to talk about shared concerns, citizen-based water stewardship programs and to learn from a few key speakers on what is happening in the international watershed to protect water resources.

The IJC will be there to talk about the role of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board and its upcoming Rainy-Namakan Rule Curve Review; other key speakers will be from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations and Minnesota Sea Grant. The event is sponsored by the IJC, the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, Koochiching Soil and Water Conservation District, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Rainy River Community College and is being held at the College on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Lake associations are welcome to register at

THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2015 – 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Rainy River Community College
1501 US-71
International Falls, Minnesota


Kelli Saunders

International Watershed Coordinator at the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation in Kenora, Ontario

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