A major goal of the Coeur d’Alene Lake team is to make information available to all residents and visitors in the Coeur d’Alene Basin. As you can imagine, this is no small task. In order to begin this mission, we have begun utilizing – or are in the process of developing – a variety of outreach tools for different groups.
Tools that we currently have available include the Panhandle Stormwater and Erosion Education Program (SEEP), Coeur d’Alene Lakeshore Assessment System (Lake*A*Syst), the North Idaho Fair, and other existing groups that we stay connected with to share information.
Panhandle SEEP is a voluntary educational program that offers a class and optional certification in erosion and sediment control concepts and techniques. It is intended to provide designers, planners, engineers, contractors, and agency personnel with the basics of stormwater runoff, erosion, sedimentation, and ways to minimize offsite impacts related to construction and new landscape activities. Classes are offered throughout the Idaho Panhandle every spring and upon request. For more information, visit www.PanhandleSEEP.org.
The Coeur d’Alene Lakeshore Assessment System (Lake*A*Syst) is a book for property owners and managers on ways to minimize negative impacts to water quality from residential property. It is designed primarily for waterfront properties, but the materials can be useful to any property owner or manager. After all, everyone in the basin has the potential to help protect water quality as part of the collaborative effort.
The Lake*A*Syst materials include several chapters focusing on different subject areas, such as access roads and driveways, septic systems, household hazardous waste, etc., and how each of these management categories has the potential to impact water quality. To access the Lake*A*Syst materials, click here.
Each chapter is accompanied by a self-assessment to help identify areas of land management that can possibly be altered to reduce the risk to water quality. Each chapter was compiled utilizing specialists in the State of Idaho for each subject area. The assessments can help landowners narrow what they can address on their own and what they may be able to request technical assistance on. If you’d like to inquire about free, non-regulatory, confidential technical assistance, Contact Us.
The Coeur d’Alene Lake team is available to make presentations to groups large and small about existing water quality data in Coeur d’Alene Lake, watershed concepts, and a variety of other topics. We have a watershed model we can bring along for younger audiences to illustrate the concepts of nonpoint source pollution, stormwater runoff, and best management practices that can help alleviate the impacts of a variety of land uses. We also have displays and outreach materials we can distribute to share water quality information. If you are interested in a presentation on water quality in the Coeur d’Alene Basin or would like to see a Coeur d’Alene Lake Collaborative display at an event, Contact Us.
We have a good working partnership with the Idaho Department of Agriculture and Avista Utilities in our collective efforts to prevent aquatic invasive species infestations. We can provide information on various aquatic invasive species and get you connected with specialists in this field. If you have questions or would like to help monitor for invasive species, Contact Us.
The Local Gems program recognizes businesses and individuals that are doing great things for water quality. Whether it's volunteering, installing pollution control features, or helping to spread information on water quality protection, these Local Gems deserve to be recognized as the fine examples they are. The Local Gems Program is administered by the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce Natural Resources Committee, in partnership with the Lake Management Team. Local Gems will be featured on the Coeur d'Alene Lake Collaborative website and through local outreach events such as the Chamber's August Upbeat Breakfast and the North Idaho Fair. If you would like to nominate a Local Gem, please fill out a form HERE or Contact Us!