Invasive Species and Pesticides
Pesticide treatment of aquatic invasive weeds
LPOW advocates for the diminished use of pesticides to control aquatic invasive weeds and is working to establish a comprehensive, ecologically sound, non-toxic approach to long-term management of these plants in our waterways. To this end, LPOW has collaborated with the City of Sandpoint since 2012 to establish and implement a new management program for Eurasian watermilfoil using diver assisted hand-pulling and the installation of benthic barriers. Having just wrapped up its third year, this program focuses on eliminating the need for chemical applications in our high-use swimming and recreation areas.
In addition, LPOW supports the use of biological control, which is the use of naturally occurring predators or pathogens to manage populations of aquatic invasive weeds. Through legislative action in the winter of 2015, LPOW succeeded in changing Idaho’s Noxious Weed Rules to allow for the movement of aquatic invasive weeds for the purposes of biological control research and implementation. With such a change, LPOW hopes to collaborate on research to use biological control as an additional tool to help safely manage the aquatic invasive weed populations in our watershed.
Invasion and spread of new aquatic invasive species
Certain invasive species can seriously threaten the stability of the aquatic ecosystem in addition to degrading water quality. LPOW works to prevent the introduction and spread of new aquatic invasive species, such as zebra and/or quagga mussels, within the Lake Pend Oreille system by raising community awareness and distributing educational materials to the public.
Support chemical-free beaches!
Show the City of Sandpoint that you support healthy, chemical-free recreational areas and help our community expand its program for non-chemical management of aquatic noxious weeds.