July 2021 – The Lake of the Woods Control Board is interested in feedback from property owners affected by low spring water levels between March and May on Lake of the Woods (LOW), Lac Seul, the Winnipeg River or English River. Participate in the survey by August 31, 2021. Details and the survey link are posted online here.
April 2021 – FOCA’s western-most member association, the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association (LOWDSA), is currently involved in the public consultation phase of the Forest Management Plan (FMP) for Kenora area for the coming decade. LOWDSA is represented on the Local Citizens Committee of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry; however, additional public comment can be provided as part of the process through the Environmental Registry of Ontario. Get information in the press release from LOWDSA by clicking here.
March 2021 – the federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has invited public feedback into proposed ecosystem objectives and potential phosphorus reduction scenarios, to reduce harmful algae in Lake of the Woods, after a 4-year nutrient and algae research program. Visit the dedicated webpage for more.
February 2021 – Lake of the Woods island preservation announced – the Nature Conservancy of Canada has announced a deal to buy a mostly undeveloped 70 hectare island, instead of having it sold by the City of Kenora to developers, as long as the group can raise $2.85 million by summer 2022. Read the CBC news item here.
November 24, 2020 – FOCA participated with our partners in northwestern Ontario at the Fourth Binational Lake Association Network Event for the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed with stakeholders in Canada and the US.
October 8, 2020 – blue-green algae has been confirmed this week in Safety Bay, Lake of the Woods. Read more from Thunder Bay Newswatch, and get links and other algae news and updates on FOCA’s webpage: https://foca.on.ca/blue-green-algae-know-it-and-report-it/
January 2015 – The other Ontario “Great Lake” – Lake of the Woods – is poised to tackle the challenges faced in the watershed, and move towards solving the regional problems of excess nutrients and algae blooms, invasive species, and surface and groundwater contamination.
On January 28, 2015 the International Joint Commission presented its Plan of Study (PoS) for the Lake of the Woods Basin and are now urging the Governments of Canada, and the United States to fund the 32 priority projects at a total cost of $8.4 million over 4 years.
The PoS was prepared over the past year in consultation with scientists and the public from around the basin.
The public consultations on the PoS yielded a strong message that the IJC and our Governments should “get on with it” and move from studies to solutions.
Find out more, including links to the Plan of Study and other relevant information, on the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation website.
Lake of the Woods is over seventy miles long and wide, and contains more than 14,500 islands and 65,000 miles (105,000 km) of shoreline. It is located mostly in Ontario, but also occupies some of Manitoba, and Minnesota. The lake drains into the Winnipeg River and then into Lake Winnipeg. Ultimately, its outflow goes north through the Nelson River to Hudson Bay.
Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association (LOWDSA) is FOCA’s largest member association, representing nearly 3000 families!