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Measure sets minimum lake level for Cocolalla, protects water rights

“We love this lake,” said Chuck Gladish as he walked with his dog Gypsy near Cocolalla Lake on Thursday. The Idaho Legislature will likely vote this morning to approve minimum water levels for the lake. Gladish is president of the lake homeowners association, which spearheaded the move. (Kathy Plonka)
“We love this lake,” said Chuck Gladish as he walked with his dog Gypsy near Cocolalla Lake on Thursday. The Idaho Legislature will likely vote this morning to approve minimum water levels for the lake. Gladish is president of the lake homeowners association, which spearheaded the move. (Kathy Plonka)

Folks who live on Cocolalla Lake in North Idaho, fish its waters and enjoy its seasons feel strongly about protecting its peaceful waters, year in and year out. They've mobilized to clear invasive Eurasian milfoil from the lake, monitored its algae and pond weed, and gauged its ups and downs. "The worst thing that can happen is to see the water going down," said Chuck Gladish, a retired airline pilot from western Washington who's lived on the lake for the last 16 years and serves as president of the Cocolalla Lake Association.

Now a measure is pending in the Idaho Legislature to declare an official minimum lake level for Cocolalla Lake, with water rights to back it up appropriated by the Idaho Water Resources Board; it's a move that's been in the works since the association requested it in 2004. The Idaho Senate is expected to vote on the concurrent resolution this morning, and its sponsor, Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, said she expects smooth sailing for it. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.




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