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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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Article written by Lily Simko, LPOW Volunteer Entering the smoky skies of fire season, rain is a wishful sentiment that will remain evasive in the weeks and months to come. So, while we soak in the hot days and watch the grass in our yards fade to...
About a month ago, the LPOW office was notified of a new RV park being developed on private property along the Pend Oreille River. The concerned citizen sent along pictures of the property, showing that all the vegetation along the river was...
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rescinds Approval for Marina, Housing Development on Lake Pend Oreille
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Must Reconsider Impacts of Idaho Club-Lakeside Development on Threatened Bull Trout In response to a formal notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper and Idaho...
Recently Published Articles, Radio Interviews, and More
Bonner County Daily Bee
Springy Point peninsula toilet to be eliminated (10/8/20)
Groups urge reconsideration of Trestle Creek development (3/10/21)
Lawsuit threatened over Trestle Creek marina project (5/13/21)
As if Boyer Slough hasn’t had enough (6/16/21)
County shoreline code changes on ‘back burner’ (6/16/21)
Reconsideration on the table for Idaho Club marina project (7/15/21)
Meet the Waterkeeper and celebrate 50 years of the Clean Water Act (7/29/21)
Radio Interviews, Podcasts, & Recorded Presentations
KRFY Community Conversations – Welcoming Carolyn Knaack to the Waterkeeper (4/20/21)
KSPT North Idaho Thursday – Upcoming LPOW events with Carolyn (4/22/21)
Pend Oreille Master Naturalists – Presentation about LPOW from Steve Holt (7/7/21)
The Voice North Idaho – Interview with Steve Holt and Susan Drumheller about waterfront development (7/16/21)
KRFY Community Conversations – Interview with Carolyn Knaack about current issues around Lake Pend Oreille (8/24/21)