The Hayden Lake Watershed Improvement District Board of Directors is the Improvement District’s governing body. It consists of three elected directors who serve voluntarily, receiving no monetary payment for their work and effort. All directors own land within the district. Moreover, they are qualified through training or experience relevant to their role and the HLWID mission. The regular term of office of each director is four years. The Board will announce elections by posting at the Hayden Lake City Hall, in the newspaper, and through social media.
The board members make a conscious effort to make decisions representing the Hayden Lake Watershed system and each of its influencing parts. Hayden Lake has many bays with unique attributes, qualities, and water quality factors. Consequently, members seek to make decisions that mutually benefit all parts of Hayden Lake’s Watershed.
Kristine Bartz (District Treasurer 2020-2024)
Kristine became a year-round resident on Hayden Lake after 20 years of visiting the area and falling in love with the lake’s natural beauty. She was born and raised in Montana and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Chemistry. She shares the Improvement District’s passion for preserving and enhancing the quality of the watershed. “We’ll continue to see increased use of the lake and watershed because of the growth occurring in Kootenai County. It’s critical to have comprehensive watershed planning and management to protect our water quality for the future.”
Tom Yount (Board Member 2022-2023)
Over a decade ago, Tom visited friends on Hayden Lake and quickly fell in love. He bought his home and now enjoys year-round residency with his family. Tom and his family can be found boating, skiing, fishing, paddleboarding on the lake, and hiking and hunting throughout the watershed. Tom has a Construction Management degree with 35 years of practical experience. He has worked with Idaho DEQ, EPA, and other agencies for permitting, engineering, building, and operating waste and wastewater treatment facilities. He believes that Hayden Lake’s water quality and the overall watershed ecosystem are vital for the benefit of the current and future residents.
Steve Meyer is a long-time Hayden Lake resident and altruist for Coeur d’Alene and its surrounding areas. He enjoys serving on the Board of directors and volunteers his time and efforts to protect Hayden Lake’s water quality for everyone’s benefit. Steve also enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, swimming, and having fun in Hayden Lake’s warm summer water.
Dr. Geoffery Harvey is also a long-time Hayden Lake resident and loves canoeing, swimming, and jogging in Hayden Lake’s watershed. After retiring from his job at Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality (Idaho DEQ), Geoff continues to volunteer and work to protect Hayden Lake’s water quality. His free-time enjoyment includes swimming in the lake’s comforting water. While no longer a member of the Board, Geoff happily serves as the resident scientist and principal investigator for the Improvement District’s ongoing research projects.