By Caryn Miske
Executive Director, Clearwater Resource Council 

Clean water: We can't take it for granted

A Place for All


Jeff Harrits

A view of Seeley Lake.

As we watch the loons and trumpeter swans rear their young, it is easy to believe that the waters in the Clearwater Valley remains relatively pristine. And yes, compared to many other areas of the country we continue to enjoy relatively clean waters. However, multiple indicators demonstrate our waters are at risk. Reports of septic contamination in groundwater testing wells are routine in Seeley Lake. Blue-green algae blooms are becoming an increasing common occurrence in the early fall. Invasive lilies trap sediment that makes wading and swimming along many shorelines nearly impossible.


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