Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper
Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper (LPOW) is a non-profit organization located in Sandpoint, Idaho. Our mission is to protect water quality in the Clark Fork/Pend Oreille Watershed so our magnificent waterways remain drinkable, fishable and swimmable 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 700,000+ inhabitants.
Lake Pend Oreille is the fifth 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.
2015 to 2020
Founded in January of 2009, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper works in the public interest to minimize water pollution in Lake Pend Oreille and related water bodies.
Our area of focus includes the lake, the Pend Oreille River down to Albeni Falls Dam, the Clark Fork up to Cabinet Gorge Dam, and all the tributaries that flow into the lake.
To protect the water quality of the Clark Fork/Pend Oreille Watershed so that our local waterways remain drinkable, fishable and swimmable for future generations through education, community engagement and advocacy.
Board of Directors
Interested in joining our Board of Directors? Give us a call at (208) 597-7188
Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper is a proud member of the WATERKEEPER® Alliance, which is a global movement of on-the-water advocates that protect their local waterways. Founded by environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as a culmination of decades of citizen-based enforcement, the WATERKEEPER® Alliance is a unifying body for nearly 300 local Waterkeeper organizations worldwide. Waterkeepers combine firsthand knowledge of their waterbodies with an unwavering commitment to the rights of their communities and to the rule of law. Waterkeepers defend their communities against anyone who threatens our fundamental right to clean water.