Coeur d’Alene Lake and its tributaries are the economic drivers of our regional economy. From triathalons to boat races to sport fishing, we depend on the health of our waters.
Local businesses can help support the health of our economy and our environment by using Best Management Practices – simple actions that help reduce pollution entering our waters. Things that may seem insignificant, like dumping cooking oil or washing cars near a storm drain, can have a cumulative impact. Even though individual contributions might seem small, by working together collectively to reduce pollution, we can all make a difference.
Business actions that can help make a difference might include: • Making sure dumpster lids and trash cans are closed. • Landscaping your business with native plants that require less fertilizer and irrigation. • Dry sweeping outside your business, instead of hosing down an area. • Making sure that work vehicles are well-maintained, and do not leak fluids that can enter storm drains.
For more information on what kind of best management practices might be helpful for your business, please check out our Coeur d’Alene Basin Lake*A*Syst manual here.
Panhandle Stormwater and Erosion Education Program (SEEP)
If your business is involved in land use development in North Idaho, then check out Panhandle SEEP. This group, made up of contractors and agencies, offers training and education to contractors, developers, engineers, architects and agency staff about planning and technologies that help reduce soil runoff from construction projects. They also partner with agencies and educators to look for new tools that can be used in our area to reduce water pollution.
Find out about SEEP’s latest classes and projects on Facebook.
Many of our local businesses are taking extra steps to protect our waters. If you know somebody deserving recognition for their efforts to protect water quality in the Coeur d’Alene Basin, nominate them for a Local Gem award HERE.
Are you interested in partnering with us on reducing your business’s impact on local waters? Contact us to find out how we can support your efforts.
Coeur d’Alene Area Events
To find out about events happening around Coeur d’Alene Lake, check out the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce.
We’re Here to Help
The Lake Management Team is available to provide training and recommendations for your business. We can help you plan training for your staff on ways to protect water quality. Examples include use of spill kits at your marina, proper handling and disposal of products, ways to protect septic system function. We can help tailor a program based on your specific needs. We are also available to help you identify ways you can improve your operation relative to potential water quality impacts. For example, we are always looking for opportunities to improve stormwater treatment from rooftops and other impervious surfaces (sidewalks, patios, driveways, etc.). Other potential opportunities may include lawn and landscaping care and maintenance, proper waste disposal, and erosion and sediment control.