LOWDSA receives Wilson Award at 2019 International Rainy-Lake Watershed Forum
The Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Assoc. (LOWDSA) and the Vermilion Lake Association were honoured at the 2019 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum March 13th. The two associations were each recipients of the 2019 Wilson Stewardship Award, recognizing their outstanding contributions to environmental stewardship in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed.
The Wilson Awards were presented to each Association by the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation on behalf of the 160 researchers, resource managers and water stewards from the United States and Canada attending the 2019 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum in International Falls, MN.
“The Vermilion Lake Association and the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association both have histories of over 50 years of engaging citizens in stewardship” said Todd Sellers, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation Executive Director “they have been very effective at raising awareness of environmental issues and actively pursuing solutions and partnerships to advance science and implement concrete stewardship actions”.
Pictured here: Accepting the 2019 Wilson award on behalf of their associations - Terry Grosshauser, President of the Vermilion Lake Association in and Diane Schwartz-Williams, Executive Director of the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association.
The Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association was recognized for its: LakeSmart program of dock to dock visits promoting “living green” at the lake; waste reduction and recycling programs; tree-seedling planting program in which association members have planted over 300,000 trees; work on invasive species prevention and control, and efforts to spark the interest and engagement of the next generation – children and youth – in water stewardship.
The Vermilion Lake Association was recognized for its extensive work on aquatic invasive species prevention and training of volunteers to inspect and decontaminate boats; over 40 years of water quality sampling and support of needed research alongside partners and its success in offering the longest running, single-lake count of common loons anywhere in the United States.