_As Lake Coeur d’Alene’s overall health continues to deteriorate, Idaho Gov. Brad Little ordered a third-party review of the data on Wednesday.
The request could set the stage for a more concerted effort to protect the lake, or it could simply “kick the can down the road,” said Phil Cernera, director of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s lake department.
Either way, Cernera welcomed the review, noting that a decade of data collected by both the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the state of Idaho has shown continued declines in the lake’s health.
“The lake management plan is obviously not working,” he said. “Our water quality is declining.”