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University of Idaho

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way,
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-667-2588

Fax: 208-664-1272



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Our Gem

The Our Gem Coeur d’Alene Lake Collaborative is a team of committed and passionate professionals working to preserve lake health and protect water quality by promoting community awareness of local water resources through education, outreach and stewardship.

Our Gem includes local experts from the University of Idaho Community Water Resource Center, Coeur d’Alene Tribe Lake Management Department, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber and CDA 2030.

Our Gem Speaker Series

The Our Gem Collaborative launched a speaker series in September 2020 with water and development experts from around the state. Watch the first four sessions.

Lake Science 101, Sept. 15, 2020

University of Idaho Professor Frank Wilhelm presents Lake Science 101.

Preserving Water Quality, Sept. 17, 2020

David Callahan discusses Kootenai County’s role in preserving water quality.

CDA Lake Management, Sept. 22, 2020

Jamie Brunner, DEQ, and Rebecca Stevens, CDA Tribe, talk about CDA lake management.

Aquatic Invasive Species, Sept. 24, 2020

Kim Holzer with the Idaho Dept. of Agriculture presents on aquatic invasive species.


The Coeur d’Alene LakeASyst is a tool for local landowners. LakeASyst for the Coeur d’Alene Basin was developed by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Lake Management Teams. The manual consists of 11 sections, each addressing a specific topic related to nonpoint sources of pollution. Topics include lawn and garden management, new construction, and household wastewater treatment. Each section contains information related to the topic, a self-assessment, and a resource directory to connect you with more information and professionals that can help. The manual provides a simple reference on ways of minimizing impacts of a variety of activities.


A landowner’s guide to protecting water quality.

Read more (PDF)


The Our Gem Collaborative team regularly contributes data-driven articles to the Coeur d’Alene Press to promote dialogue and community action in caring for Coeur d’Alene Lake.

The Our Gem Collaborative

Learn about the effort to propel the conversation regarding the health and future of Coeur d’Alene Lake

Read More about the Collaborative

Great Lake Debate

Federal, state and tribal leaders share shoreline concerns along Coeur d’Alene Lake.

Read the Great Lake Debate

Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Learn about stormwater’s impact and your part in minimizing the damage.

Read about Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Lawn and Garden Care

Explore strategies for home lawn and garden care that protects our waterways.

Read about Lawn and Garden Care

Boating Best Practices

Prevent pollution and minimize damage while recreating in the Coeur d’Alene basin.

Read about Boating Best Practices

Construction Ahead

Help keep the lake clear in times of growth and change.

Read Construction Ahead

Heavy Metals In Our Watershed

Keeping CDA lake-bottom concerns in check.

Read about Heavy Metals

Clean Drinking Water Is A Community Responsibility

Ensure your home’s water is safe for your family.

Read about Drinking Water

Aquatic Invasive Species

Understand the threat and how to make a difference.

Learn about Aquatic Invasive Species

Bay Watchers

Lake ambassadors provide data and education in support of lake health.

Learn about Bay Watchers

University of Idaho

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way,
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-667-2588

Fax: 208-664-1272



U of I CDA Directory Directions