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1224 Washington Ave.
Suite 101
Sandpoint, ID  83864
208.263.5310, ext. 103

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Welcome to the Lake*A*Syst Program!

Lake*A*Syst is a public service that provides land use guidance to shoreline landowners and decision makers, for the protection of water quality.  Our services include personal consultation and distribution of materials on lawn and garden management, vegetative buffer design, aquatic invasive species (Eurasian watermilfoil), stormwater runoff and erosion, septic maintenance, and any other water quality concern that might need to be addressed.  Please read our Shoreline Guidebook for detailed information on all of these topics. The Lake*A*Syst program also designs and installs public demonstration projects using Best Management Practices (BMP's).

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Why All The Hubbub?
Our lakefront community is being developed at an exponential rate and with this development come water quality issues.  Our waters are still clear and beautiful, but we are starting to see changes... infestations of Eurasian watermilfoil and algae are at the top of the list.  These issues are being addressed in multiple ways by multiple organizations.

In 2002 the US EPA implemented a Nutrient Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Nearshore Waters of Lake Pend Oreille.  This means under federal regulations, only a certain level of nutrients can enter the lake.  In order to maintain this regulated level of nutrients a plan needed to be developed.  The TMDL Implementation Plan was completed in 2004 by a committee of the
Tri-State Water Quality Council.  The plan pinpoints specific action items for Lake Pend Oreille.  Lake*A*Syst is instrumental in fulfilling the on-the ground and public outreach component of this plan.

Lake*A*Syst (Protecting Pend Oreille)
Last Modified: 02/27/2013
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