Breaking News: Court Rejects Corps of Engineers Arguments in Sacramento Levee Trees Case

Late today, we were forwarded a copy of issued by a U.S. District Court in California denying the Army Corps of Engineers motion to dismiss a case over levee vegetation in Sacramento. The Court rejected each of the Corps of Engineers arguments to dismiss the case outright. Indeed, the order constitutes a complete rejection of the very same arguments which we were expecting in our more »

KEA Awards Presented at Gala

Our 2nd annual Earth Day Gala was a 2nd annual success last Friday at the Hayden Lake Country Club.  Dinner was served, items were auctioned, money was raised, speeches were given, and fun was had. Special thanks to all three Kootenai County Commissioners who joined us for our 40th Anniversary celebration. At the Gala, KEA President Janet Torline presented awards to some great KEA members more »

Larry Spencer Invokes KEA in Effort to Create Land Use Controversy Where None Exists

First, it is important to be crystal clear – KEA has a deal with the IRS to stay out of partisan political elections. That way, your donations to our organization are tax deductible. We are scrupulously careful about this – for our financial well-being and the well-being of our donors. However, we are allowed to talk about issues important to our organization’s mission. And Larry more »

Rumor Patrol

I don’t know what you’ve heard. But it’s probably true. Indeed, after almost three years as executive director, I am leaving the day-to-day employment of Kootenai Environmental Alliance.  In June, along with the family breadwinner (the Peyton Manning of academic law librarians), I will be relocating to Orange, California where the grass is not necessarily greener, but it is certainly way more expensive. Actually, I more »

The Goose Story

The U of Idaho geese have been saved from further torment. At least for now. Some perspectives on the whole affair from the KEA Board of Directors who did the saving: At the end of March, the University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene installed spikes driven through boards to deter nesting Canada geese.  It certainly worked, but it also injured geese that have nested there more »

Saving the U. of Idaho Geese

Saving the U. of Idaho Geese

At KEA, we are nothing if not all-purpose conservation problem-solvers. Of course, we’re busy with clean water, land use, and forest issues. But some days the phone rings and we’ll have a brand new issue to deal with — the dike road trees, for example. Last week, we were flooded with calls about geese. According to our callers, at least three geese were severely injured more »

KEA Files Lawsuit Over Bonner County Public Records

If all goes according to schedule today tomorrow, KEA is filing a lawsuit in a Bonner County court regarding Idaho Public Records Act violations by Bonner County officials. KEA had made a simple request for emails regarding the activities of the Bonner County Property Rights Council, which the County denied. Recall that in February, KEA came across an article in the “Right Side News” by more »

Voices Needed to Protect Mallard-Larkins, Grandmother Mountain and St. Joe River Watershed

The great folks at Friends of the Clearwater gave a great presentation last week at the Iron Horse. As promised, here are some of their suggestions for comments on the draft plan for the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.  Our local forest abuts the great forests of the wild Clearwater along the St. Joe divide. From FOC: The plan for the diverse 2.5 million-acre Idaho Panhandle more »

Region Lacking Industrial Stormwater Permits

With the remarkable rains over the last weeks, our waterways are both swollen with water, but also choked with pollution. Streams are running the color of chocolate. Stormwater runoff is probably the most significant problem for our region’s water quality. Unfortunately, there is very little being done to stop the flow of pollutants. In fact, a preliminary survey of industrial stormwater in Kootenai County indicates more »

A New and Improved Approach to County Shoreline Protection

Suppose the new development codes for Kootenai County could provide more development potential, more flexibility for builders and homeowners, and much better protection of our lakes and streams. Who wouldn’t want that? Indeed, as early drafts of the new codes are being released, this win-win-win scenario could soon be playing out along county shorelines. One of the most controversial — and dysfunctional – aspects of more »