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Panel Approves Clean Water Plan

A plan to protect Lake Coeur d’Alene’s water quality was approved unanimously this week by the Clean Lakes Coordinating Council.

Its primary goal is to preserve the improvements in water quality gained since the 1970s, said council coordinator Lisa Prochnow.

Council members fear those improvements could be eroded by rapid population growth, increased recreation on the lake, and land development in the Coeur d’Alene River basin.

The plan also seeks improvements in water quality where it’s needed to comply with state and federal regulations.

The plan calls for the formation of a Lake Basin Commission, intended to coordinate efforts to protect water quality. It now goes to the Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone county commissioners and the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council for final approval.

Hundreds of people helped develop the plan over the last two years, Prochnow said. That included more than 80 direct participants from local, state and federal agencies, industry, environmental organizations, and community and business associations.

, DataTimes