International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board

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The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board (the Board) was created 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 was formed to assist with binational coordination of water quality efforts for the entire transboundary watershed and to ensure compliance with the Commission’s Order on the regulation of water levels on Rainy Lake and the Namakan Reservoir.

The Board under its mandate:

Resolves and prevents disputes over water between the US and Canada in the border watershed. 

Assists with binational coordination of water quality management efforts for the entire transboundary watershed.

Monitors water levels and flows on the Rainy River, Rainy Lake and Namakan chain of lakes.

Provides advice on matters related to the IJC’s responsibilities for management of the watershed.

Engages the public and industry proactively to provide the most appropriate advice and information to the IJC and to the watershed’s stakeholders.


The Rainy River Basin

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