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 »

Citizens Demand Taxpayer Money be Returned from Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board

A citizen protest will occur at 6:00pm on Monday May 16 outside the Idaho Department of Fish & Game office in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which is located at 2885 W. Kathleen. The agency is hosting a public meeting, and taking comments on a number of issues, including direction on how money should be spent by the controversial Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board to manage and more »

Report Confirms Huge Impacts From Proposed Coal Export Terminal in Southwest Washington

The Washington Department of Ecology released their draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminal’s proposed coal export terminal along the Columbia River.  The report comes after the agency received over 165,000 public comments calling for a broad review of the proposed coal export terminal. “The review’s findings confirm what the public has said for over six years: This project has significant, unavoidable more »

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 »