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.
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.
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!
Join us at our Upcoming Events!
- November 30 @ 12:00 am - December 31 @ 11:59 pm PST
- December 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST
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.
Read the Latest News & Press
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...
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...
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...
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...
An open letter to the City of Sandpoint RE: Proposed amendments to Sandpoint City Code – Title 9, Zoning, Chapters 1 and 2
On September 7th, LPOW Executive Director Steve Holt attended a City of Sandpoint Planning & Zoning meeting after submitting comments regarding development along Sand Creek, a major tributary to Lake Pend Oreille. The Planning Commission elected to postpone their...
Waterkeeper receives message from associate that concerned citizen called regarding potential negative health issues related to swimming. Weather is hot, water warm. Your Waterkeeper knows warm water = good for little bugs, bugs not good for people. ...
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.