The Our Gem Coeur d’Alene Lake Collaborative is a team of committed and passionate professionals working to preserve lake health and protect water quality by promoting community awareness of local water resources through education, outreach and stewardship.
Our Gem includes local experts from the University of Idaho Community Water Resource Center, Coeur d’Alene Tribe Lake Management Department, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Kootenai County, Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber and CDA 2030.
Our Gem Lake Survey
Share your knowledge and perceptions of Coeur d'Alene Lake by taking this 12-question survey from the Our Gem Collaborative. Insights from the survey will shape outreach and education efforts moving forward. The survey closes Aug. 9, 2021. Prize drawings will be held throughout the summer for those who share their email upon completing the survey.
Study on water quality in Coeur d'Alene Lake
The National Academy of Science is currently studying the future of water quality in Coeur d'Alene Lake. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and Kootenai County requested the assessment to address areas of concern. The study is endorsed by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the Our Gem Collaborative. It is expected to be complete by summer 2022. Visit the National Academies page to learn more.
Our Gem Speaker Series
The Our Gem Collaborative Speaker Series features water and development experts from around the state. All sessions are held from noon to 1 p.m. virtually through Zoom.
Tuesday, June 1
Native Willow Nursery on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation with Tom Biladeau, Coeur d'Alene Tribe Restoration Biologist
Thursday, June 3
Irrigation Efficiency with BiJay Adams, General Manager for the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District
Tuesday, June 8
Wolf Lodge Creek Watershed Restoration with Kristin Lowell, Senior Water Quality Analyst for Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Thursday, June 10
The Confluence Project's Youth Water Summit Highlights featuring high school students' water science research projects
The Coeur d’Alene LakeASyst is a tool for local landowners. LakeASyst for the Coeur d’Alene Basin was developed by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Lake Management Teams. The manual consists of 11 sections, each addressing a specific topic related to nonpoint sources of pollution. Topics include lawn and garden management, new construction, and household wastewater treatment. Each section contains information related to the topic, a self-assessment, and a resource directory to connect you with more information and professionals that can help. The manual provides a simple reference on ways of minimizing impacts of a variety of activities.
The Our Gem Collaborative team regularly contributes data-driven articles to the Coeur d’Alene Press to promote dialogue and community action in caring for Coeur d’Alene Lake.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Learn about stormwater’s impact and your part in minimizing the damage.
Boating Best Practices
Prevent pollution and minimize damage while recreating in the Coeur d’Alene basin.
Heavy Metals In Our Watershed
Keeping CDA lake-bottom concerns in check.
Lake ambassadors provide data and education in support of lake health.
Follow this checklist for the sake of your boat and our lakes.
Advancing Wastewater Treatment
Look back on 115 years of wastewater management in Coeur d’Alene.
“Leaf” It Out of the Lake
Find out how fall foliage can damage our aquatic ecosystems.