THE COEUR D'ALENE LAKE MANAGEMENT TEAM

The Coeur d’Alene Lake Collaborative is headed up by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the State of Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), collectively referred to as the Lake Management Team. The Lake Management Team works to implement the Coeur d’Alene Lake Management Plan, which is at the heart of the Collaborative efforts.

Coeur d’Alene Tribe – Laura Laumatia, Coordinator; Dale Chess, Limnologist; Ben Scofield, Natural Resource Specialist; Michael George, Technician

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality – (clockwise from top) Glen Pettit, Technologist; Jamie Brunner, Coordinator; Craig Cooper, Limnologist; Bob Witherow, Technician

The Lake Management Team coordinates monitoring and implementation activities amongst the Tribe and State. The team is responsible for coordinating their activities with those of many other agencies, cities, municipalities, and public and private stakeholders that currently conduct activities affecting water quality in the Coeur d’Alene basin.

Authority to manage the lake’s water quality rests with the Tribe, State and Federal governments. However, authority to manage activities around the basin that impact water quality in the lake is the responsibility of many other local, state, federal, and tribal agencies. Other partners include educational institutions, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and others.

Through close coordination of basin-wide activities with all parties, the Lake Management Team is better able to understand program objectives, identify funding commitments and abilities to share costs or leverage additional funds, and reduce duplication of effort. Adaptive management is key to the 2009 LMP as a means to be flexible, given the many issues to address and many possible solutions. A list of key partners in the Coeur d’Alene Lake Collaborative can be found on our Partners and Links page.