Better Boating for the Sake of the Lake

This story was written by the Our Gem Collaborative team for the CDA Press on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Read the original article.

North Idaho provides abundant recreational activities, which in the warmer months include boating, wake surfing, camping, swimming and fishing. The waterways in the Coeur d’Alene basin are increasingly busy, so preventing water pollution is especially important and our shared responsibility. Let’s continue to enjoy the lake we love and, at the same time, exercise best management practices described below to keep our water clean for generations to come.

A number of pollutants are associated with boating and lake recreation including erosion from wakes, human waste, petroleum spills and the spread of aquatic invasive species. No one wants to recreate in polluted water. We can all do our part by taking a few extra steps.

Operate personal watercraft and motorboats in water at least 30 inches deep to prevent disturbing bottom sediments and aquatic vegetation. Operate at the lowest speed to prevent wakes when near shore. Avoid docking or beaching your watercraft in reeds and grasses as this can damage fragile environments and encourage the spread of aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil.

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