KEA’s 2016 Conservationist Awards

Each year for Earth Day, Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s members and friends like to recognize those that go above and beyond in the name of conservation for our community. Since 1994. KEA has awarded the Art Manley Lifetime Conservation Award to someone for sustained efforts in furtherance of our mission: “to conserve, protect and restore the environment in North Idaho with a particular emphasis on the more »

Action Alert: Bring Glass Recycling to Coeur d’Alene

The Coeur d’Alene City Council will be considering the solid waste contract bids at their meeting on Tuesday, April19th at 6:30pm. Will glass recycling be included? The bids include three different approaches to collecting glass for reuse: Include glass as part of the curbside single stream pick up via Waste Management. This is the current provider for Coeur d’Alene (and Hayden). They provide this same more »

Judge Rules Feds Improperly Refused to Protect Wolverines

Judge Rules Feds Improperly Refused to Protect Wolverines

Today, the federal district court for Montana rejected a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to deny protections for wolverines in the contiguous U.S. The court ruled the Service improperly ignored science and violated the Endangered Species Act. A broad coalition of conservation organizations challenged the Service’s refusal to protect imperiled wolverines by listing them under the ESA. “Today’s win is a more »

Shared Harvest Garden Grows More Than Vegetables

Shared Harvest Garden Grows More Than Vegetables

Sowing seeds and transplanting vegetable starts grows more than copious amounts of nutritious, organic produce at the Shared Harvest Community Garden (located at 10th and Foster). The Garden brings together friends and neighbors of all ages and walks of life, to provide organic produce for food assistance and to beautify our neighborhood. Connections between participating families, neighbors, friends, agencies, businesses and schools have grown noticeably more »

Trends Show Water Quality in Lake Coeur d'Alene Continue to Decline

Trends Show Water Quality in Lake Coeur d’Alene Continue to Decline

Science presented at the Lake Coeur d’Alene Our Gem Symposium in March revealed that oxygen levels in the Lake are declining, which raises concerns about the heavy metals buried at the bottom of the lake. Coeur d’Alene Lake serves as a catch basin for more than 75 million metric tons of toxic heavy metals (like Lead, Cadmium, Zinc, arsenic, antimony, copper and mercury) that have more »

Kootenai County Land Use and Development Code Update

Kootenai County Land Use and Development Code Update

The Kootenai County Planning Commission has approved the “new” Kootenai County Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) and it will now go before the Board of County Commissioners for a Public Hearing on April 28th. The update to Kootenai County’s decades old Land Use ordinances has been a long time coming. The Kootenai County Comprehensive Plan was approved in 2010 and the arduous process of more »

Seed Lending Library Sprouts Up in Coeur d'Alene

Seed Lending Library Sprouts Up in Coeur d’Alene

A Seed Sharing Library blossoms in the Coeur d’Alene Library, lending seeds, free of charge, to community members to grow their own garden. Coeur d’Alene’s Seed Sharing Library, True to Seed, is housed in the Coeur d’Alene Public library and offers free seeds to anyone in the North Idaho area, with or without a library card.  The seed library operates on an honor system. You more »

Action Alert: Save Clagstone Meadows for Public Access and Wildlife

We are on the brink of saving nearly 9,000 acres of wildlife habitat and opening it to public recreation. But we need you help to protect Clagstone Meadows and keep it from being developed! Clagstone Meadows encompasses 13,000 acres of granite hills, forests, meadows and delicate wetlands near Kelso and Clagstone Lakes just north of the Bonner-Kootenai County line. A few short years ago the more »

Lawsuit Challenges End to Federal Monitoring for Northern Rocky Wolves

Lawsuit Challenges End to Federal Monitoring for Northern Rocky Wolves

Today conservation organizations filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to extend the federal monitoring period for wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains. The existing monitoring program, which is required by the Endangered Species Act after protections are removed for a species, is set to expire in May. Ongoing monitoring is crucial in the face of aggressive state-sanctioned more »

Spokane River Advocates Petition WA State to Increase Summertime Flows

Spokane River Advocates Petition WA State to Increase Summertime Flows

Yesterday, advocates for the Spokane River petitioned the Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) to increase its flow rule for Spokane River.   Conservationists are seeking a minimum summertime flow of 1,800 – 2800 cubic feet per second (CFS) to support fisheries and recreation, and protect higher flows for recreation when available. “We are asking Washington state to ‘go with the flow,’ amend its inadequate flow rule, more »