Management of the lake’s water quality rests with the Tribe, State, and Federal governments. However, management decisions that may affect water quality lie in the hands of local, state, federal, and tribal agencies; businesses; nonprofit organizations; and others. Partnerships are key to the success of the Coeur d’Alene Lake Collaborative.

United States Environmental Protection Agency The Lake Management Team coordinates with EPA on Coeur d’Alene Lake activities. The EPA contributes to the management efforts through laboratory analysis support. The Lake Management Team provides updates and receives feedback from EPA staff through the Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission (BEIPC) and its various committees.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division

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Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission (BEIPC) The BEIPC was established under Idaho law. Its primary purpose is to implement remedies identified through the CERCLA, or Superfund, process. The BEIPC may also undertake other activities to improve water quality. The Basin Commission Board (the Board), the Technical Leadership Group (TLG), and the Citizens Coordinating Council (CCC), collectively the BEIPC, represent a wide range of regulatory, land management and public stakeholders.

Washington State Washington State has a vital interest in all activities that affect water quality in the Spokane - Coeur d’Alene River Basin. Given the connection between our state’s waters, sustained communication and coordination with the State of Washington – primarily the Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE), is critical. The Lake Management Team provides updates and receives feedback from WDOE staff through the Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission (BEIPC) and its various committees.

Local Governments

The local governments of Shoshone, Kootenai, and Benewah, and their respective cities, have enacted ordinances to manage upland development and other land use activities in the Coeur d’Alene Lake Basin. These local governments play a crucial role in regulating activities on private lands that directly relate to sediment and nutrient inputs to tributaries and the lake. The management team supports the counties and cities in efforts to enforce all their regulations aimed at managing pollution in the basin. The Lake Management Team provides updates and receives feedback from County Commissioners through regular coordination meetings and through the Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission (BEIPC) and its various committees..

Other state and federal agencies

Other state and federal agencies have a role in management of public lands and activities that affect water quality. Direct, agency-specific coordination occurs in order to share and understand program goals and objectives, yearly work plans, funding strategies, monitoring/study plans, and specific projects being conducted to implement actions that affect basin-wide water quality.

Other tribes Downstream tribes have aboriginal rights to natural resources affected by the water quality flowing out of Coeur d’Alene Lake. Because the outlet of the lake creates the Spokane River that ultimately drains into the Columbia River, all tribes that rely on these waters and the natural resources that pertain to the waters have a stake in the effectiveness of the 2009 LMP.

Business community and civic organizations

Coeur d’Alene Lake is the engine that drives the local and regional economy. The business community has a vital interest in the protection and enhancement of water quality throughout the basin. The Coeur d’Alene Lake Management Team envisions the business community as a key partner in lake management. Coordination is accomplished through business organizations, such as the chambers of commerce, associations, and individual businesses.

Environmental and conservation organizations

The Kootenai Environmental Alliance, the Lands Council, the Center for Justice, the Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, the Sierra Club, Idaho Conservation League, Spokane River Forum and others, have been vocal proponents of environmental protection for many years. The Tribe and DEQ are committed to fostering partnerships with these groups to achieve the shared goal of lake protection.

Basin Residents and Visitors

Everyone who works and plays in the Coeur d’Alene Basin has an opportunity to participate in preserving the quality of its water. Through collaboration of all stakeholders, we can maintain a good quality of life through protecting the resources that support our communities.

Restoration Partnership

The Restoration Partnership was developed by the Coeur d’Alene Basin Natural Resource Trustees as a way to involve the public in natural resource restoration. The primary mission is to return natural resources to a healthy condition by developing and implementing a restoration plan for the Coeur d’Alene Basin. The Restoration Partnership includes both the Trustee Council and the Restoration Team. The Trustee Council provides oversight and guidance while the Restoration Team provides technical expertise.