State Endowment Lands and Watershed Governance

The Council is working with partner organizations, local jurisdictions, concerned residents and agencies to come to practical solutions for protecting the watershed of Payette Lake from a selloff of State endowment lands and subsequent large-scale private development.

Most of the Payette Lake watershed is on public land, and water – almost always – flows downhill. We must insure that public land managers put the health and sustainability of Payette Lake first, through good planning, good practices, public involvement and careful coordination.

A watershed-wide approach to water quality governance and land use by local citizens and stakeholders is under development for presentation to the Department of Lands and Land Board. We will stay engaged to get the best possible outcome for our watershed.