Private Engineering Firm Will be Sought to Certify Levee

Private Engineering Firm Will be Sought to Certify Levee

The City of Coeur d’Alene recently received a letter from the Army Corps of Engineers stating, “the levee certification (evaluation) letter provided to the Federal Emergency Response Agency (FEMA) and the City in July 2007 for the Coeur D’Alene Flood Control Project will be considered invalid by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on August 31, 2013.” Apparently back in August 2010, the Army more »

Air Quality & Cars

Air Quality & Cars

Most of us measure air quality by: Can I see the mountains? Can I breathe the air without choking? Is the air so bad I can’t smell the roses? But there are a number of insidious pollutants affecting us that escape detection by the senses, and perhaps, our concern. Because the source, the automobile, is so imbedded in our culture, we tend to ignore the more »

Sheet Mulching

Sheet Mulching

Although I consider myself an amateur gardener, I regularly have friends asking me for advice in starting a garden. It can feel like a daunting task; chopping sod, finding someone with a rototiller and tilling the ground, or building raised beds and hauling soil, figuring out what to add to the soil, figuring out how to sow and tend to each plant. The entire months’ more »

Idaho- NO on HJR2

Idaho- NO on HJR2

You should have received your Idaho Voter’s Pamphlet in the mail by now. The 43 pages of 12-pt font are a lot to wade through but please make sure that you thoroughly read through Page 4-  H.J.R. 2aa, which is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment also know as the Idaho Hunting and Fishing (and Trapping) Amendment. The proposed measure would add “the right to hunt, fish more »

Pond Scum Helps Find Solutions For Hayden Lake

Pond Scum Helps Find Solutions For Hayden Lake

Good news for everyone who values clean water! The Hayden Lake Project got a gold star on its first official report card. What The Hayden Lake Project Is: The project, which launched in 2009 and operates under the direction of Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA), conducts water quality research in and around Hayden Lake. It uses new technologies and science-backed methods that are well proven to more »

FOC notes problems with the Collaborative Forest Plan Revision Process

The Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests have initiated an effort to revise their Land and Resource Management Plans, or Forest Plans. The planning area encompasses approximately four-million acres of national forest land in north-central Idaho. From east to west, the national forest lands stretch from border to border. On the north is the rolling terrain of the Palouse. On the south is the rugged more »

Camp Easton Forever, Inc. Appeal

Camp Easton Forever, Inc. (CEF) filed an appeal last week with the Idaho Supreme Court in regards to their lawsuit, Camp Easton Forever, Inc. v. Inland Northwest Council Case CV2011-7873, with the goal of blocking Camp Easton from being sold by the Inland Northwest Boy Scout Council out of Spokane. Earlier this summer, the District Court entered a Judgment of Dismissal regarding the lawsuit followed more »

Idaho Rivers United to talk Dams, Salmon and Steelhead in Coeur d’Alene

Historically, 2.5 million salmon and steelhead returned to the Snake River Basin and its largest tributaries, the Clearwater and Salmon rivers of Idaho. With place names like Salmon, Redfish Lake and Salmon Falls Creek salmon are an indelible part of Idaho’s traditions and ecology. But now, after decades of over-fishing, habitat destruction and, more recently, construction of dams on the lower Snake and lower Columbia more »

Idaho State Water Plan Revisions Under Consideration

Tomorrow, September 12th at 11:00AM the Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB) will be holding a public hearing on the State Water Plan revisions in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Library. Comments on the proposed revisions will be accepted through September 21st. The State Water Plan is a guidance document for the use and management of Idaho’s water resources. This is only the sixth more »

Toxic Blue Green Algae in Idaho Lakes this Summer

Toxic Blue Green Algae in Idaho Lakes this Summer

As summer is starting to fade into fall I am reminded and wishing for that amazing warm weather we saw this season. With that weather and current pollutants found in lakes, two documented blue green algae blooms exploded in Fernan and Hayden lakes causing health advisories and shutting down lake access. Why is Blue Green Algae showing up in our lakes? Blue Green Algae is more »