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Idaho governor seeks tribal water quality data for review

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s governor has called for a third-party assessment of Lake Coeur d’Alene’s water quality as the tribe that owns a third of the lake backs out of a joint monitoring project.

The Coeur d’Alene Press Republican Gov. Brad Little wrote to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe requesting data from the tribe and the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Little is seeking a review of the data compiled since 1996 when the tribe and state began collaborating to track toxins and produce plans to reduce pollutants.

Officials say the tribe has backed away from participation in the lake management plans it was instrumental in producing until 2009, when the last plan was released.

A tribal official says state inaction to initiate changes resulting in a cleaner lake prompted the decision.

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Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press,

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