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Couer d' Alene Field Office
Release Date: 06/14/13
Contacts: Suzanne Endsley , 208-769-5004  
  Kurt Pindel , 208-769-5015  

Water Systems Unavailable at Several Popular BLM Recreation Sites

COEUR D'ALENE, ID – If you are planning to take in the views along the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM's) Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail or planning to enjoy a picnic at BLM’s Beauty Bay site, you’ll need to bring some drinking water with you this summer. The water systems at both locations are not functioning, and because of budget impacts from sequestration, funding to fix them is not available.

To further complicate getting the water systems operational, the BLM’s Coeur d’Alene Field Office is unable to conduct the necessary bi-weekly water sampling in order to meet the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) drinking water standards due to a lack of personnel. Implementation of sequestration resulted in a 50 percent reduction in staffing for the recreation department; therefore, the BLM's ability to conduct these required tests and ensure public health and safety is jeopardized. For these reasons, the Field Office asks that visitors planning to use either of these areas bring their own water along.

The BLM’s Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail and Beauty Bay Recreation Area offer great opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. To learn more information about recreation opportunities on the Coeur d’Alene Field Office, please visit BLM's website.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 10-31-2013