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Levelling the Lake

Transboundary Resource Management in the Lake of the Woods Watershed

Levelling the Lake explores a century and a half of social, economic, and legal arrangements through which the resources and environment of the Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake watershed have been both harnessed and harmed. Jamie Benidickson traces the environmental consequences of resource extraction and recreation as well as their impacts on local residents, including Indigenous communities, which encouraged new legal and institutional responses. Assessing the transition from primary resource extraction toward sustainable development, Levelling the Lake also shows how interjurisdictional and transboundary issues continue to play a significant role throughout the region.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Graeme Wynn


1 Building Boundaries

2 Cultural, Commercial, and Constitutional Fishing

3 This Land Is My Land – It Can’t Be Your Land

4 Water Rights and Water Powers

5 Pulp and Paper: From Emergence to Emergency

6 Bacterial Waterways

7 Levelling the Lake

8 Power Struggles

9 Economy and Ecology

10 We Are All in This Together

11 "Slowly to the Rescue as a Community Fails"

12 Lumbering towards Sustainability

13 Fishing Contests

14 "For Water Knows No Borders"

Conclusion: Finding the Watershed

Notes; Suggested Readings; Index

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