The Lake Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper program is an on-the-water advocate working to ensure that the Lake is swimmable, fishable and drinkable! As your Waterkeeper, we work to protect against threats to the public’s water resources in the Coeur d’Alene Lake watershed through enforcement, community action, education, restoration and advocacy.


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The campers will spend time in a forest and a field and a wetlands habitat.   They will have fun watching the animals in the area, trying their hand at fishing, and catching insects and possibly finding reptiles and small mammals.



Planting a Tree for Earth Day in McEwen Park

Watch for more details coming soon!




Wild and Scenic Film Festival

By Korrine | February 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tickets available HERE The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind, showcasing the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films. Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films will combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite […]

Kootenai County Commissioners Candidate Forum

By Dennis Brueggemann | September 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Midterm elections are fast approaching.  Although there is excitement around deciding the next Governor of Idaho, an upcoming local election can have major environmental impacts in terms of the policy that affects the entire county.   Two County Commissioner seats are up for grabs in Kootenai County. The Commissioners create policy that define high-level goals […]

Fernan Restoration: The next phase

By Dennis Brueggemann | September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA) will be continuing its efforts to reduce phosphorus entering Fernan Lake with a demonstration restoration project.  KEA will be working with East Side Highway District and Architects West to restore 300 feet of shoreline. It has been determined that high phosphorous levels in Fernan Lake are a driving factor in the […]

Legislative Action: Pesticides Rider in Farm Bill

By Dennis Brueggemann | September 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Nearly a decade ago, Waterkeeper Alliance and our partners won an important legal victory that helps keep pesticides from poisoning our waterways. This ruling meant that Clean Water Act permits are legally required before pesticides are sprayed over and into waterways. Ever since our legal victory, the chemical industry has been heavily lobbying Congress to create a […]

Large development proposed in Hayden Lake

By Dennis Brueggemann | July 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

A large development called English Point Heights is being proposed with 155 homes just 1,000 feet from the shoreline of Hayden Lake.  The development will be at the corner of Lancaster and Hayden Lake Roads on a steep clay-base hill.  This is one of the largest rural developments proposed in the county in over 10 […]

Changes in Recycling Materials up for Consideration at Tonight’s City Council Meeting

By Dennis Brueggemann | June 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Tonight(June 19th at 6pm) at the Coeur ‘d Alene City Council meeting the city will request a Temporary Rate Increase, Changes to the Acceptable Material List, and Modification of Contract in Regard to Collection Procedures for Coeur d’Alene Garbage Service.  The public will be able to express their concerns during the  PUBLIC COMMENTS period.   Each speaker will be […]

Have you noticed your Recycling bin overflowing yet? It could be happening soon here in CDA WHY?

By Dennis Brueggemann | June 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

On March 1, 2018, China began refusing to buy U.S. and European recyclables—especially most kinds of plastics, which has led to a challenge for the recycling industry and local companies such as CDA Garbage. In order to meet this challenge and continue offering full recycling service as defined by their current contract with the City, […]

Idaho Department of Lands to Hold Public Hearings

By Dennis Brueggemann | May 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

BNSF Railway wants to expand rail bridge infrastructure in our backyard by building a series of 3 new rail bridges. The largest bridge would cross nearly a mile over Lake Pend Oreille, adjacent to the existing rail bridge. The other two bridges would also parallel existing bridges that cross over Bridge St. (to City Beach) […]

Sample Letter to request that USCG perform a full EIS around BNSF’s proposed rail bridge expansion project

By Dennis Brueggemann | April 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Coast Guard is the lead federal agency in charge of carrying out environmental oversight of the proposed project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  We are requesting the Coast Guard perform a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) rather than a less rigorous Environmental Assessment (EA).   Date:   From: [Sender Name] [Address] […]

Forest Collaboration is Consuming the Public ‘s Forests

By Dennis Brueggemann | March 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Citizens are speaking out in support of our nation’s conservation laws that protect National Forests. Efforts to circumvent those laws by self-styled collaborative groups, who are holding a conference in Coeur d’Alene today, threaten to take the public’s voice out of our National Forests. The conservationists and citizens note that collaborative efforts by special interests […]

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