North Idaho Counties Criticize Plan For Lake

COEUR D’ALENE (AP) — Commissioners in three northern Idaho counties are calling a draft plan to manage Lake Coeur d’Alene unacceptable and a step backward.

The commissioners from Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah counties say the Lake Coeur d’Alene Management Plan released in June by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality won’t improve water quality.

The counties say the draft calls for spending too much money on personnel and not enough to prevent bank erosion.

Glen Rothrock of the DEQ says the agency is still looking over written comments it received through Aug. 25 on the draft plan.