Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper…
Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper (LPOW) is a non-profit organization located in Sandpoint, Idaho. LPOW’s mission is to protect the water quality of Lake Pend Oreille and its affiliated waterways so that they remain swimmable, fishable and drinkable for future generations.
Nestled in the northern tip of Idaho, surrounded by three mountain ranges and just 60 miles from the Canadian border, lies magnificent Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Pon-da-ray). The primary source for Lake Pend Oreille is the Clark Fork River, which collects the water of all the rivers in northern Montana west of the continental divide. The Pend Oreille River flows out of the lake to the west, then turns north and empties into the Columbia River in Canada. At the southern end, Lake Pend Oreille drains into the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, a sole source aquifer for the drinking water and needs of the Spokane/Coeur d’ Alene metropolitan area and it’s approximately 600,000 inhabitants.
Lake Pend Oreille is the fourth deepest lake in the United States at 1,158 feet deep! Legend has it the name Pend Oreille, meaning ear pendant in French, was bestowed by early French trappers because of the extravagant ear decorations favored by the native Kalispel Indians.
Lake Pend Oreille is vast and appears pristine, but remains threatened by pollution and inappropriate uses. Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper’s work to protect and restore this magnificent lake is grounded in a philosophy of awareness, collaboration and advocacy.
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