Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA) will be continuing its efforts to reduce phosphorus entering Fernan Lake with a demonstration restoration project.  KEA will be working with East Side Highway District, the City of Coeur d’Alene and Architects West to restore 300 feet of shoreline.

It has been determined that high phosphorous levels in Fernan Lake are a driving factor in the growth and abundance of blue green algae populations within the system. Blue green algae blooms in Fernan Lake effect water quality and posed a risk to humans, animals and local fisheries health.

The project will involve resloping the bank between the lake and the road to reduce portions of exceptionally steep and highly erodible slopes in those areas with little to no vegetation.  This will also remove the rills and channels for runoff and provide a better environment for plants to grow.  The shoreline will have erosion control installed at the toe of the slope near the edge of the lake.  The soil will then be amended with compost and volunteers will install native plants, followed by seeding of native grasses. An angler’s access point will also be installed with boulders to stabilize the slope and provide easier access to the lake.

KEA needs volunteers to help with this project! 

Call out to volunteers! KEA will be conducting upkeep activities on the Fernan Lake shoreline restoration demonstration project on Saturday, August 17th from 9am to noonish.
We will be working on removing the straw wattling that was placed near the shoreline of the restoration project and placing the wattling straw at the base of the shrubs that were planted last fall.
Please bring gloves a shovel and wear boots.
Please contact Audra Holm, KEA’s Volunteer coordinator at audra@kealliance.org or (208)667-9093.
Thank you all for your valuable time and energy and we look forward to seeing you all on the 17th!

Thank you to our partners for helping to make this project a reality!

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