The Lower Basin Collaborative
- provides a way for citizens, businesses and agencies to work together on the cleanup of the lower Coeur d’Alene River Basin.
- creates opportunities for expanding insight into the Basin’s remediation and restoration.
- participates meaningfully to achieve a ROD Amendment that works for everybody.
- offers specific opportunities to work constructively while representing a broad diversity of demographics and institutions.
- creates an environment where all parties are empowered to identify potential problems, solutions, alternatives, barriers, projects, and priorities.
- communicates technical concepts and outcomes to local communities in order to enhance understanding.
- finds consensus on approaches to the Lower Basin cleanup.
- influences decision-making.
- Information exchange and engagement between the lower basin communities, stakeholders, and agencies.
- Meaningful participation and influence from the community and stakeholders in the agencies decision-making processes through collaboration.
- Early identification of cleanup issues, approaches, needs, alternatives, concerns, and priorities for agencies, the community, and stakeholders.
This leads to:
- Collaborative development of consensus-based solutions by the community and stakeholders—not independent from, but in cooperation with, EPA and IDEQ.
Underlying values, issues, and purposes (in no particular order)
- public health
- wildlife protection
- private property rights and land-use planning
- watershed protection and restoration
- cultural resources
- job preservation and creation
- economic development
- meaningful community involvement
- public education
- scientific, evidence-based decision making
- water quality and fisheries