Idaho's Water Needs to Be Sustainably Managed

Idaho’s Water Needs to Be Sustainably Managed

Water is critical to all life on Earth. The beautiful rivers, lakes and clean drinking water are reasons many of us chose to make Northern Idaho home. Responsible planning and conservation of our water resources is essential as we move into a time of warming climates and growing populations. Idaho is finally placing an emphasis on the need for responsible stewardship of our water resources more »

Health Advisories Issued for Fernan and Hayden Lakes

Health Advisories Issued for Fernan and Hayden Lakes

Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued health advisories for the east side of Fernan Lake and the northern arm of Hayden Lake, near the Sportsman Access. PHD is urging the public to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Water quality monitoring confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. Blue-green algal blooms more »

The Last, Best Chance to Save the Big Wild: Northern Rockies Ecosystem Preservation Act

 Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.     — Goethe For the first time, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) has been introduced into the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and has seven co-sponsors including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The bill, S. 3022, would protect 23 million roadless acres in Idaho, Montana, more »

Coeur d'Alene Will Pay Residents to Conserve Water

Coeur d’Alene Will Pay Residents to Conserve Water

Water is a precious resource. Did you know that outdoor water use, mostly lawn and garden watering can quadruple in the summer? Over-watering is the No.1 cause of wasted water in the summertime and the leading cause of plant disease and insect problems. Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA) and the City of Coeur d’Alene Water Department have teamed up to improve water conservation measures in our more »

Kootenai County Adopts New Land Use Code

Kootenai County Adopts New Land Use Code

On June 6th, the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners adopted a “new” Land Use and Development Code. Previously, the County operated under a patchwork of separate ordinances pieced together over the past four decades. Ordinances were often disjointed and contradictory with conflicting definitions that left developers, citizens and County staff confused and frustrated. Over the last decade, the County has held hundreds of neighborhood and more »

Community Tribute to Honor Art Manley & Scott Reed

Community Tribute to Honor Art Manley & Scott Reed

On July 1st, Kootenai Environmental Alliance and the Tubbs Hill Foundation will co-host a community tribute to commemorate the work done by Scott Reed and Art Manley to safeguard the environment and keep treasured places like Tubbs Hill and Lake Coeur d’Alene accessible for public use and enjoyment. In 2015, Scott Reed passed away at the age of 87. Scott was relentless in his pursuit more »

Waterkeeper  Challenge-Unifying Communities

Waterkeeper Challenge-Unifying Communities

COEUR D’ALENE, ID. – Starting today Dennis Brueggemann(age 66) from Coeur d’ Alene Idaho will be riding his bike from Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Coeur d’ Alene Idaho to raise awareness for Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s Lake Coeur d’ Alene Waterkeeper program The Lake Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper program works to protect against threats to our water resources in the Coeur d’Alene Lake watershed through enforcement, community more »

Restoration Begins for Fernan Lake

Restoration Begins for Fernan Lake

Fernan Lake, located just north of Coeur d’Alene Lake, acre for acre is Idaho’s most popular place for recreational fishing. Unfortunately, water quality has deteriorated in recent years due to large amounts of phosphorus-laden sediments running into Fernan Lake from historical logging, shoreline erosion and agricultural activities in the watershed. An excess of phosphorus has triggered prolonged annual blue-green algae blooms that may produce toxins more »

Outdoor Idaho features KEA on Health of Our Lakes Special

On May 19th, the Coeur d’ Alene areas lakes debuted in a starring role in an Idaho Public Television documentary, “Health of our Lakes”. The special highlights the cause and effects of blue-green algae, a warm weather phenomenon that annually affects the region’s bodies of water. The lake’s in the Idaho Panhandle appear as magnificent pools of blue, shimmery water, but if you look at more »

The Roots Pursuit – The Most Non Serious Event of the Season

Since 2011, The Roots Pursuit bicycle event has brought cycling madness, environmental awareness, and 12 lively challenges to downtown Coeur d’Alene. In the most non-serious bike event of the season, two or three person teams start from the Shared Harvest Community Garden and pedal to one of four “hubs”, where they have to complete physical, mental, and/or creative challenges and get to the next hub. more »