Shoreline Clean Up

Annual Community Volunteer Opportunity

Lake Pend Oreille 

Pounds of garbage picked up in the past year!

Annual Shoreline Clean Up

Each year around Earth Day, we encourage our local community to join us as we pick up trash and litter along our shoreline. We partner with the City of Sandpoint to focus on cleaning up Sandpoint’s City Beach and the Sand Creek corridor – two of our most popular waterfront areas near downtown Sandpoint.

This annual event is open to everyone in our community and is a great opportunity to get together with friends, family, and neighbors to care for our shared natural resources. Not only is litter and micro-trash unsightly, it also has the real potential to negatively impact our waterways. Plastic, styrofoam, metals, pet waste, and other common trash items can all impact our water quality and harm aquatic organisms. 

We provide gloves, bags, and refreshments for our volunteers and there is no time requirement to participate. Every little bit helps keep our environment clean and healthy for us all to enjoy! 

Did you know?

The top 11.5 feet Lake Pend Oreille is used as a reservoir and can be manipulated with certain restrictions for power generation, recreation, fish and wildlife needs, and flood control! This is controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with Albeni Falls Dam in Oldtown, ID. Winter level is typically around 2051′ above sea level and summer lake level is held at 2062′ to 2062.5′ above sea level for recreation.

When the lake is drawn down in the winter, it allows us to access more shoreline and trash that may have fallen in the water during the summer. Winter drawdown usually begins in September and spring refill begins in April or May. 

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Become a Citizen Scientist!

Become a trained citizen scientist. Collecting water samples is a great way to enjoy time on the water & get involved in active stewardship of our local waterways!