A Letter From the Executive Director Working in the Public Interest to Protect the Water Quality of Lake Pend Oreille and its Associated Waters Core Staff: Welcome to the Fall/Winter edition of our semi- Shannon Williamson, Ph.D. Waterkeeper and Executi
2 Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your day to check out the Winter/Spring, 2015 edition of our semi-annual report! This is such a special time in the Lake Pend Oreille region. There’s something about the way the light bounces o the ice that for
Spirit of Eureka 2 Fostering Lifelong Learning and Leadership Mission: The Eureka Institute supports lifelong learning and leadership through educational, experiential and recreational activities. 3 Team Work - We do all we can to bring out the best in e
Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper was founded in 2009 in response to an herbicide onslaught that began in 2006 in an eort by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to “eradicate” Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM), an aquatic noxious weed. Since this time, LPOW has diversied its eorts to address a variety of threats to water quality, but pesticides are still a priority issue for us. While the state budget for aquatic herbicides has decreased from the millions several years ago to approximately $100,000 state-wide, chemical treatment of EWM is still happening somewhere around Lake Pend Oreille and/or the Pend Oreille River each year. In the last issue of our semi-annual report (Winter, 2013), we shared our plans to attempt to amend the state’s Noxious Weed Law, which in its current form, eectively prohibits the development and implementation of biological controls for aquatic noxious weeds. We drafted a bill that included three specic amendments to the statute that would 1) allow for the safe movement of aquatic noxious weeds to research facilities to develop biological control agents; 2) allow for the safe movement of biological control agents from research facilities to infested water bodies in a manner that preserved their viability; and 3) notify the Director of the ISDA of these two activities in a timely manner. LPOW was successful in securing a legislative sponsor for the bill, however, it did not move far during the 3 month legislative session, primarily due to push back from the ISDA. This was LPOW’s rst attempt at changing state law and we learned some valuable lessons along the way. Accomplishing legislative change can be a lengthy process, but we are prepared to see it through to the best of our ability. It will take a combination of relationship building, stakeholder development, political savviness and just plain elbow grease to keep this ball rolling. We know that our community is full of diverse and unique skills and know-how. If this is an important issue to you and you would like to be involved or help support this eort by donating, then please contact Shannon Williamson, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) today. You can help us make biological control a reality for Idaho’s waters! In other news, we are entering our third year of herbicide-free management of EWM at City Beach and the Windbag Marina! This popular program that is run by the City of Sandpoint and supported by Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper is invaluable to residents and visitors alike who wish to recreate without the worry of potentially hazardous chemicals. Despite its popularity, the long term survival of this program is in jeopardy if the necessary funds are not raised year after year. Will you consider becoming a City Beach Defender today to help keep this program running? A City Beach Defender is any business, civic group, family, individual, etc… that is invested in keeping City Beach and the surrounding areas herbicide free. If the longevity of this program is important to you, then please contact Jen Simon, Development Director (email@example.com) today! an exciting new addition to our educational programming for area youth. For campers with an interest in science and a desire to make a dierence, it will be an enriching and memorable experience. We want all 5 th , 6 th and 7 th graders who are interested in camp to have the chance to attend, so we’re oering both full and partial scholarships to qualifying applicants in 2014. You can help make this a reality by funding a scholarship for a deserving area youth this year and into the future. Please contact LPOW’s Progam Direcor Kelsey Brasseur (firstname.lastname@example.org) to nd out how to put a big smile on a camper’s face today! Visit the Events page of LPOW’s website (www.lpow.org) for full details and to register. Future signage at City Beach Keeping it Clean PESTICIDES: LPOW’s ongoing efforts to minimize chemical management of aquatic invasive species in Lake Pend Oreille. Keeping It Fresh: continued Shannon J. Williamson, Ph.D. Executive Director
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June 2013 • Spring/Summer Edition • Issue 2 Our Lake For Life Lake Pend Oreille WATERKEEPER ® Welcome to the second installment of Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper’s (LPOW) semi-annual report!