International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board welcomes new member


The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board was pleased to welcome a new member, Mr. Shane Bowe, at its meeting in Kenora, Ontario  on August 10, 2016.  Mr. Bowe serves as the alternate member from the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and is also a member on the Aquatic Ecosystem Health Committee of the Watershed Board.

Mr. Bowe is the Director of the Red Lake Band Water Resources Program where he oversees the management of water resources including lakes, streams, and wetlands. Mr. Bowe and his staff have been collecting water quality data from the Northwest Angle of Lake of the Woods for over a decade.

Mr. Bowe is an aquatic biologist and completed his Bachelor of Science at Bemidji State University in 2004 and his Master of Science in Biology at Bemidji State University in 2010.

The International Joint Commission created the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board in January 2013, from an amalgamation of the International Rainy Lake Board of Control and the International Rainy River Water Pollution Board, with added water quality responsibilities for the broader Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed. The Board assists with binational coordination of water quality efforts for the entire transboundary watershed and ensures compliance with the International Joint Commission’s Order on the regulation of water levels on Rainy Lake and the Namakan Reservoir.

The International Joint Commission was established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 to help the United States and Canada prevent and resolve disputes of the use of the waters the two countries share. Under the Treaty, the IJC is responsible for regulating shared water uses, investigating trans­boundary issues and recommending solutions to both governments.


Frank Bevacqua

Michael Toope