Lake Coeur d’Alene is great for a summer cruise, bird watching, or entertaining out-of-town guests. Swimming in the lake is great on a hot day, and there’s no better place to take in a sunset than from the deck of a cruise ship by Coeur d’Alene Cruises. From pristine beaches and clear water to beautiful mountains, Lake Coeur d’Alene and its tributaries are the place to be in the summer.
However, the lake hasn’t always been this clean and beautiful. Early mining leaked millions of tons of mine waste into the Coeur d’Alene watershed. Today, the Silver Valley is one of the largest superfund cleanup sites in the country. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Geological Survey have taken the lead in cleanup efforts during the past three decades to restore the basin and the environment.
In addition to working in the water for cleanup, the City of Coeur d’Alene is working to keep the watershed healthy. The city offers landscape conservation classes throughout the year to teach homeowners and water users best practices for conservation and environment health.
And we can all do our part to conserve water. Keep boats leak-free in the summer with regular maintenance and remember if you pack it in, pack it out.
What’s your favorite way to conserve the beautiful North Idaho environment? Do you have tips or tricks? Let us know!