Polluted Stormwater: A Nasty Problem for Coeur d'Alene Lake

Polluted Stormwater: A Nasty Problem for Coeur d’Alene Lake

Stormwater is run-off from rain events and snow melt that flows over hard surfaces like pavement, roofs and sidewalks and picks up debris and pollutants in its path. This flow is directed either into a storm sewer system or can go directly into our waterways. Even if stormwater goes into a storm sewer system, it still gets discharged directly into Coeur d’Alene Lake or the more »

Support the Unified Land Use Code

From the KEA Board of Directors: If you value the life you enjoy in the county, we urge you to support the adoption of the county’s Unified Land Use Code.  The code will implement the newly adopted comprehensive plan and replace current codes that are decades old. Right now the new code is being assaulted by people claiming their private property rights will be taken more »

A Betrayal—Lakeshore Logging in Farragut State Park

A Betrayal—Lakeshore Logging in Farragut State Park

Farragut State Park is a favorite recreation destination for locals and out-of-town visitors alike.  Its miles of beautiful lakeshore are graced by a mix of old growth  ponderosa pine and Douglas fir trees and other native plant species… at least for awhile. Unfortunately the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has begun to log their land along the extremely popular Idlewilde Bay lakeshore. You more »

Not All Republicans Agree with Central Committee Critics of ULUC

Although it seems to have fallen on deaf ears, here’s a great letter from conservative east side Republican Chris Fillios to the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee regarding the Unified Land Use Code controversy. It’s not just KEA with concerns about the “property rights” concerns: I understand tonight’s Republican Central Committee meeting is for the purpose of passing the resolution re:  the ULUC, ensuring the more »

Replace and Repeal

Replace and Repeal

One more thing on the unenlightened ULUC opposition.  Opponents need to recognize that being against the new code has the same effect as being for the old one. Until a new code is passed, the old one is still in effect.  The purported “property rights” issues in the ULUC already exist — in the current code. But much worse. The reality is that Idaho state more »

Roots Local Food Share Kicks Off Season Six

Roots Local Food Share Kicks Off Season Six

The Community Roots Local Food Share, a program of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance, is entering its sixth year distributing surplus produce from backyard gardeners and farmers to numerous local food assistance facilities. With thousands of people seeking aid each month, the Coeur d’Alene Food Bank struggles to meet the increasing demands for food assistance. In 2011, Kootenai County was the one metropolitan area in the more »

How the U.N.’s Agenda 21 Affects Kootenai County, Idaho

Spoiler alert: it doesn’t. But thanks to the efforts of the Larry Spencer wing of the local Republican Party, a long-overdue overhaul of local land use codes is in jeopardy because of irrational fear of an obscure and utterly irrelevant international document. First, some background. For the 85% of Americans who will have no idea what this uproar is about, Agenda 21 is a 20-year-old more »

The Unprincipled Opposition to Kootenai County’s ULUC

Wow. I leave town and two weeks later, crazy takes over. From relentlessly sunny Southern California, I noted the recent and growing uproar over Kootenai County’s land use code re-write. And from here, where the sprawl goes on and on and on for miles, the growing opposition to Kootenai County’s Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) project appears to be either pointlessly obstructionist or appallingly uninformed. more »

Gerry House

Sad news from Hayden Lake. Long-time KEA member and a great friend of clean water has passed away. The unfortunate details from facebook: Hayden Lake native Gerald “Gerry” House, 73, died at the North Idaho Hospice House on June 30 after a courageous six-year battle with multiple myeloma. Gerry’s friends are invited to a gathering at the Avondale Golf Club from 4 p.m. to 6:30 more »

Summer Job at KEA!

Hey kids! Still looking for something interesting to do this summer? We’ve got a summer job for you. Our project grant for the summer just arrived and we need one or two summer students to do some specific research on one of the most important water quality concerns in our region. Now that our funding is here, we are hiring ASAP.  Although we’re not paying more »