Water. It’s why people come here. We crave it and it’s sound transforms us. Sixty percent of our body is made of it. My brother who just visited from Long Beach, admired it. He acted like a child around it. More and more people are visiting Coeur d’Alene every year and what they want is water. Can our rivers and lakes fill the demand? We at CDA Adventures believes water conservation is a great way to get involved and to connect to the world around us.
What can we do about pollution and the conservation of our water? Concern about the Coeur d’Alene River, our lake, and the area is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but to take action is stimulating, admirable, and joyful. Have you ever asked yourself what life might be like staring at the water, but not being able to get in it as Fernan Lake has been in the past? It does happen. Yet, there are many groups and organizations that make a difference in small ways and can inspire you to do something new at the same time.
Spokane Women on the Fly, a new organization in our area was developed for women looking for other women to fish with in the Inland Northwest. It is a conservation group, an education group, and a networking platform in which newbies and the experienced can get involved in fly fishing, but also get involved in some of the issues that go hand in hand with our obsession with water such as waters clean ups, a mentorship program, and education of the watershed which is also important for knowing which flies to use. We even drink beer and tie flies.
Coeur d’Alene Adventures, our company for example, has seen record bookings for their Combo Trip, a thrilling white water rafting adventure down the Alberton Gorge Clark Fork River all while fishing the deep gorgeous pools the Gorge produces. The Clark Fork is the largest river by volume in Montana and drains directly into Lake Pend Orielle. Many of the most polluted areas have been designated as Superfund sites. Nevertheless, the river and its tributaries are among the most popular destinations for fly-fishing in the United States and it’s right in our backyard. The clean up is going very well on the Clark Fork and if you haven’t been in awhile it’s a gem and the cleanest its been in generations. Adopt a campsite or river mile program through the CDA River Ranger District.
As for myself, I am starting a two-year conservation program next year at Lakeland High School in Rathdrum where I teach. It will focus on girls in art and science. Donate. Do something, but don’t do nothing. A great German poet once said, “May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” –Rainer Maria Rilke
Sara Forsythe, Coeur d’Alene Adventures