The City of Sandpoint’s beaches will remain herbicide-free until 2023

The City of Sandpoint’s beaches will remain herbicide-free until 2023

Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper (LPOW) would like to thank the City of Sandpoint for continuing its effort to keep our swimming areas free of aquatic herbicides. This project was started as a partnership by LPOW and the City of Sandpoint 7 years ago and we are thrilled that they continue to carry the torch!

Seven years ago, LPOW partnered with the City of Sandpoint to implement an herbicide-free plan to manage invasive species on the Lake Pend Oreille shoreline. Today, we are thrilled to hear that the City of Sandpoint has recently announced a 3 year contract with Aquatic Weed Solutions, a Sandpoint-based company. This contract ensures that they will use herbicide-free solutions to beat back aquatic invasive species in areas frequented by swimmers and boaters. 

Diver taking a break from hand-pulling invasive Eurasian milfoil, shown on the left

The contract requires the use of diver-assisted suction harvesting and the possible use of biodegradable bottom barriers, in addition to other recommended alternative methods which don’t involve the use of herbicides.

The contractor will focus on swim areas first, with a heavy emphasis on flowering rush throughout the entire treatment area.

Keith Kinnaird – Bonner County Daily Bee

Infestations of flowering rush, curly-leaf pondweed, and Eurasian milfoil have plagued popular recreational beaches around Lake Pend Oreille for years. LPOW was founded in 2009 in response to an attempt to eradicate invasive Eurasian milfoil by the state, and we will continue to advocate for herbicide-free treatment and prevention around Lake Pend Oreille. 

Locally, there has been a trend in recent years to apply dry ground herbicides without a solid understanding of the effectiveness of these applications. It’s highly likely that those toxic chemicals will eventually end up in the water and negatively affect the health of the lake and this is a tactic that we are firmly. 

Flowering Rush

We are excited that the City is doing its part to preserve and protect the water quality of the lake. If you’re interested in how you can help battle against aquatic invasive species, feel free to call us at (208) 597-7188 or email us at info@lakependoreillewaterkeeper.org.

Please check out our web page on Invasive Species and Herbicides for more information.

Bonner County Daily Bee – February 22, 2020