Our Mission & Vision

Founded in January of 2009, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that 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.

Steve, Dave, Gray, Chris & Carolyn

Our Mission & Vision

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.

Our Core Values

Advocates

We advocate for sound practices and principles that will protect and preserve Lake Pend Oreille and its associated waterways.

Aware

We foster awareness of the issues that impact the quality of local waterways in various stakeholders including community members, elected officials, agency representatives and tribal entities.

Committed

We are committed to accomplishing our mission and achieving the goals and objectives of priority projects and initiatives.

Team Oriented

We believe that teams accomplish more than individuals and promote a culture of collaboration.

Consistent

We are consistent in our messaging, efforts and actions to achieve swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters.

Honest

We are truthful in our methodology and communications in order to be recognized as a trusted source of water quality information.

Grounded in Integrity

We conduct ourselves with integrity as Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper ambassadors to the community.

Meet our Amazing Team!

Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper work is grounded in a philosophy of awareness, collaboration and advocacy.

Steve Holt

Steve Holt

Executive Director

Carolyn Knaack

Carolyn Knaack

Program Director

Chris Hecht

Chris Hecht

Board Member

Dave Hussey

Dave Hussey

Board Member

Gray Henderson

Gray Henderson

Board Member

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.