Water quality focus of forum

Leading water quality and fisheries scientists from the United States and Canada are presenting results of their research at the fourth International Lake of the Woods Water Quality Forum running today and tomorrow (March 7-8) at Rainy River Community College in International Falls.
More than 75 scientists and natural resource managers will attend this international event, which is the primary scientific conference for researchers and resource managers studying the water quality and fisheries of the Lake of the Woods and Rainy River watershed.
This year’s conference themes focus on nutrients and blue-green algae, historical changes in water quality, and “emerging issues” facing the ecology of the watershed.
Keynote presentations will be given by Dr. Lewis A. Molot, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Randy S. Ferrin, St. Croix Basin Water Resources Planning Team, and Dr. John Carey, Director General of Environment Canada and head of Canada’s National Water Research Institute.
Workshop sessions running today will focus on aquatic invasive species, environmental monitoring, and nutrients and algae.
In these sessions, scientists will discuss research needs and recommend ways to co-ordinate and co-operate on existing and future studies and monitoring efforts.
Then tomorrow, there will be a full day of presentations summarizing research on water quality, nutrients and blue-green algae, mercury, and historical changes in the watershed and the lake’s ecology.
In the emerging issues session, Dr. Molot will lead a discussion of the factors that regulate the production of blue-green algal blooms in lakes.
Ferrin will address lessons learned from the St. Croix River basin in Minnesota about the role of interagency and multi-stakeholder co-operation in protecting the watershed.
Although primarily intended for researchers and resource managers, members of the public interested in the water quality of Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River basin are welcome to attend.
The forum is sponsored by the Rainy River Basin Water Resources Center, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, Rainy River Community College, North American Lake Management Society, Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
For more information, visit http://rainybasinwater.org