Code Enforcement

Hayden Lake Watershed Association has become increasingly concerned with building code violations around the watershed. It would appear at times that the perpetrators have found the fines for even the most egregious violations affordable and "just the cost of doing business". Some projects seem be built with a willful disregard for their effect on the neighborhood they are joining.

The Association has been addressing the issue by building relationships with the agencies that create and enforce the codes and we are developing educational tools for our community.

We will use this space to draw attention to some of the current projects of concern.

The photos in the  gallery we have for you is of a current project on Hayden Lake Road. It is between Coopers Bay and the Upper Hayden Lake Road Y.

The excavation was nearly to the property lines on either side. The County was informed of the unstable site by a Geo-Tech Engineer. On 9/7/22, they placed a Stop Work Order on the parcel. The following weekend the east wall collapsed taking a portion of the neighbors side yard and staircase to the lower road with it. The subcontractor has chosen to remove the Stop Work Order and without approved engineering plans go about the business of building a retaining wall.

The County Attorney will be filing criminal charges against the subcontractor - Ela Construction.

Visit Our Meetings & Events Calendar

Decisions that affect the Hayden Lake watershed are made regularly by Kootenai County, local Districts and utilities. We monitor the agendas for these entities and will publish public meeting times, locations and issues for you. You will also find the HLWA Board of Director meeting location, date and agenda on the calendar. Use the link to Events at the top of the page or use the button below.



Just like the world, the Hayden Lake Watershed is changing.  Our commitment to manage, protect and restore the watershed is not.  We would be honored to have your support as fellow stewards of this remarkable Idaho gem.


English Point Forest Health Project Continues

Landing piles will be burned at English Point in the coming weeks as part of the next phase of the English Point Forest Health project.

Hayden Pitches in for a Permanent Marine Patrol Home on Hayden Lake

Unused impact fee revenue finally has a purpose — building a permanent marine facility for the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office at Honeysuckle Beach.

Upcoming Events

The Hayden Lake Watershed Association Reports

Twice each year we like to bring you up to date on the issues and initiatives the Association has undertaken.

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The 2022 Biannual Report

The 2022 Winter/Spring Edition of the HLWA Biannual Reportis available.

The 2021 Biannual Report

The 2021 Winter/Spring Edition of the HLWA Biannual Report is available.


Our bi-monthly newsletter will keep you up to date on HLWA meetings and initiatives.  We partner with other community groups around the watershed to have a voice in the decisions our regulatory agencies are contemplating and will publish the agency meeting times and locations.

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