CdA City Council to Consider Blackwell Annexation

CdA City Council to Consider Blackwell Annexation

Tonight the Coeur d’Alene City Council is being asked to annex 172 acres of Blackwell Island, Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River and change the zoning to Commercial At 17 Units/Acre (C17). This request is made by the Marina Yacht Club to accommodate their plans to expand. As part of the annexation request, the Club has asked for exemptions to the 40-foot no construction more »

Spokane River Extremely Low, Water Conservation Needed

Spokane River Extremely Low, Water Conservation Needed

Today river advocates are calling on their neighbors and Spokane City water managers to turn down the spigots, and turn off sprinklers. The Spokane River flows dropped below 850 cubic feet per second (cfs) – the state-mandated minimum flow – more than a week ago, and have been running at or below 750 cfs most of this week. “Think about our river and aquifer as more »

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 »