Tuesday, May 11, 2021

CDA: Great job keeping lake clean

| February 10, 2021 1:00 AM

On behalf of the Coeur d’Alene Lake Collaborative, we would like to express our appreciation to the city of Coeur d’Alene and their Parks and Streets Departments for their dedicated efforts in cleaning up the fallen trees from our last wind storm a month ago.

As we are all aware, these old “giants” experienced saturated soils prior to the windstorm which made them vulnerable to the wind events. Therefore, the city’s reaction time for both safety of lives and homes became important and evident with their quick response times.

A number of us witnessed city staff and their contractors addressing the major arterials of the city and residential areas that were most impacted. The Parks Department prioritized their efforts in a selfless manner as they themselves and their buildings realized fallen tree devastation and put the residents and commercial areas of the city first before assessing their own loss.

As per the goals of the Coeur d’Alene Lake Our Gem Collaborative to share lake water quality stewardship, keeping our streets and storm drains clear of debris is of vital importance due to run-off from these areas being directly diverted to storm drains that enter Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River.

We hope that the rest of the community can appreciate the work the city and their staff have done to help prevent excessive debris from entering our precious water bodies including, “Our Gem, Coeur d’Alene Lake.” For more information about stormwater management and other land stewardship activities to help protect water quality, please visit: www.uidaho.edu/ourgem.