Help us reach our goal of $5,000!

As 2021 comes to a close, please consider donating to LPOW during our End of the Year Fundraiser. The giving event starts on Giving Tuesday, November 30th, and continues until December 31st! Your donations will help us protect our waterways from pollution and share environmental educaiton with kids.

Lawsuit launched over violations of the Endangered Species Act

LPOW recently signed on to a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers and Trestle Creek Investments for approving a housing and marina development near Trestle Creek, one of the most important bull trout spawning streams in the Pacific Northwest.

Our Lake for Life

Ensuring our local waterways remain Drinkable, Fishable & Swimmable for Future Generations.

Find your drinking water source!

Use the interactive map on our new Drinking Water page to discover drinking water sources around Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River. Learn about the protections in place to protect our water sources and how you can do your part to protect our precious resources!

Waterkeeper Alliance

Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper is a proud member of the WATERKEEPER® Alliance with more than 300 local Waterkeeper groups protecting water on six continents.

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To improve water quality by advocating and, when necessary, litigating for increased regulatory control of water pollution and for stronger enforcement of water quality-related laws.


Strengthen our monitoring programs to produce quality data that can be used by regulatory agencies or courts to improve water quality.

Education and Outreach

Expand education and outreach opportunities to engage greater numbers of people and influence a change in individual behaviors that cause water pollution and aquatic habitat degradation.

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Celebrating 10 years of water quality monitoring

Celebrating 10 years of water quality monitoring

For ten years, local volunteer citizen scientists have been leaning over the sides of their kayaks, canoes, or boats to either look at a black and white secchi disk or to haul up a clear tube full of lake water. Curious passersby might wonder what they are doing or...

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Fall/Winter 2021 Semi-Annual Report

Fall/Winter 2021 Semi-Annual Report

As 2021 comes to a close, we are happy to announce that our Fall/Winter Semi-Annual Report is finally here! This edition includes information about volunteer programs, what happened around our watershed this year, a wrap-up of this year's programs, and a note from our...

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Don’t swim in the green water!

Don’t swim in the green water!

We can all agree that this has been an unusual year. This summer, the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper (LPOW) office received calls about multiple shoreline development violations, people using soap in the lake, swimmers itch reports, and, most notably, green water. In...

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How have we ended up here?

How have we ended up here?

At the last public hearing to discuss the proposed amendment to shoreline regulations on Sand Creek on September 21st, Planning & Zoning Commission chairman Jason Welker simply asked everyone present, “I kinda wonder how we ended up here.” From what I’ve been...

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Who are we?

We protect the water quality of the Clark Fork/Pend Oreille Watershed so that our local waterways remain drinkable, fishable and swimmable for future generations.

How can you help?

We are a grass roots organization that depends on community support. Our volunteers & members are the heartbeat of our organization and your support is critical.

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