Biannual Flowering Rush Digs
One of the ways that the Lakes Commission worked to help control aquatic invasive species was our bi-annual flowering rush digs. They were held at low water in the spring and the fall with the intention of removing flowering rush from some of our high use public swim areas. The Lakes Commission has taken a break from this approach in the hopes that Idaho Departement of Agriculture will address these areas with suction harvesting. Flowering rush is rapidly invading Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River. Once flowering rush is established it will make a bay non-navigable by boat or swimmer. There is currently very limited successful treatment options for the flowering rush.
Water Festival – For over 20 years, fifth graders in Bonner County have been attending the annual Water Festival. This two-day event teaches kids about the natural and human history of the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille watershed. The Lakes Commission has been helping coordinate this event since our inception in 2003.
Spring Field Trips to the WaterLife Discovery Center– Since 2013, the Lakes Commission has helped Idaho Fish & Game organize educational field trips for second and third graders to the WaterLife Discovery Center. The Center is located on Idaho Department of Fish and Game property at the old fish hatchery on Lakeshore Drive. Students cycle through four stations where they learn about native fish, macroinvertebrates, water quality and more. The trips are staffed by volunteer natural resource specialists and monies to support the program come from the Lakes Commission and Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited – Bull Trout Education Program.
Viewing pond on spring field trip to WaterLife Discovery Center