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Coeur d’Alene Lake Science Coordination Team  

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The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is sponsoring the facilitation of the Science Coordination Team (SCT), with participation from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and University of Idaho.  


The purpose of this project is to establish a technical team that will further the scientific understanding of Coeur d’Alene Lake, including influences from the surrounding basin and the Spokane River. The goal is to incorporate and build upon recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences 2022 review and analysis of Coeur d’Alene Lake. This effort aims to advance/provide scientific knowledge to support resource management decisions that protect public health, ecological health, beneficial uses, and cultural uses. 


This project was awarded $150,000 from Governor Little’s Leading Idaho initiative. This initial funding will support the facilitation and development of the SCT for the first three years. The SCT is anticipated to extend beyond three years, but operations are contingent upon long-term funding. 


The SCT will produce a report identifying scientific priorities for Coeur d’Alene Lake and will annually update progress towards those objectives. The SCT will also facilitate the development of a basin-wide integrated trend analysis, which will be done in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s five-year review of cleanup activities in the Coeur d’Alene Basin.  

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