New Watershed Management Plan protects drinking water

The City of Sandpoint approved a new Watershed Management Plan for Little Sand Creek, a drinking water source for Sandpoint, Kootenai, and Ponderay. This plan was adopted under the new Watershed Management Plan approved by the City in December 2020.

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.


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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The importance of snow in our watershed

The importance of snow in our watershed

In the fall, many of us wait patiently as the temperatures drop and the mountains surrounding Sandpoint slowly become covered with snow. One of the many benefits to living in north Idaho in the winter is the multitude of recreational activities available to us once...

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Water Meets Politics

Water Meets Politics

We are certainly living in an odd time. We are in the midst of a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we have people relocating to our area at what seems to be an alarming rate, and our political climate is more divisive than I can remember. All of this, believe it or...

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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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