Majestic Ponderosa Pines Recommended to Stay on the Dike

In Spring of 2012, the Coeur d’Alene City Council hired Ruen-Yeager & Associates (RYA) to evaluate and certify the Dike (Rosenberry Drive) in accordance with FEMA’s levee requirements. The Council contracted this team with the expressed understanding that the Coeur d’Alene community wants to keep the large trees that make Rosenberry Drive such a special place. Remember that nationwide, FEMA administers the flood insurance program more »

The First Big Win – A Blow to the Tar Sands

From 2010 to 2013, citizens’ movements in Idaho and Montana engaged in a fierce struggle with the state governments and Big Oil over a plan to ship hundreds of gigantic “megaloads” of equipment to the tar sands of Canada, via a stretch of road protected by federal law from just such industrial traffic. Against all odds, the people won, forcing ExxonMobil and several other oil more »

KEA Advocates for Improved Shoreline Protections

KEA Advocates for Improved Shoreline Protections

Over the last two weeks, the Kootenai County Planning Commission has been holding workshops to address shoreline protection recommendations for the new land use code.  KEA’s vigilant members, volunteers and staff have provided important information to commissioners at each hearing to encourage the most responsible and protective measures are taken. In the most recent hearing, KEA expressed our support of the goals and policy recommendations more »

KEA to serve as Lake Coeur d'Alene Waterkeeper

KEA to serve as Lake Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper

Kootenai Environmental Alliance is excited to announce that we have joined the National Waterkeeper Alliance as the Lake Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper.   The Waterkeeper Alliance was formed in the late nineties by environmental attorney and activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. The Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect more than 100,000 miles of rivers, lakes and coastlines in North and more »

Megaloads to Pass Through Coeur d’Alene

Megaloads are proposed to come through Coeur d’Alene in the New Year. These Megaload shipments aren’t headed for the Tar Sands, but equipment heading to a refinery in western North Dakota.  The 1.6 million lbs, 472 ft long/27 ft wide shipments are at the capacity limit of I-90’s Veterans Memorial Bridge. A rig that expands the length of 1 ½ football fields will instead be more »

North Idaho College Foundation Awards Grant to Roots Gathering Garden

North Idaho College Foundation Awards Grant to Roots Gathering Garden

Santa Clause came early this week to the Community Roots Gathering Garden on the North Idaho College Campus.  In partnership with Chef Rick Schultz and the college’s Culinary Arts Program, the garden will receive approximately $6,900 from the North Idaho College Foundation.  The foundation’s Executive Director, Rayelle Anderson, made the announcement December 11th at the Foundation’s Grants Announcement Ceremony. Kootenai Environmental Alliance is in its more »

New Land Use Code Draft on the Fast Track

Last night the Kootenai County Planning Commission met to map out the new path forward for redrafting the Unified Land Use Code. However, the words ULUC seem to have been banished as if toxic, and replaced with the term “county-wide development code.” The new Community Development Director, David Callahan was also introduced. Callahan seemed eager to get started and ready for this rewrite, as he more »

Conservation Groups File Objection to Panhandle National Forest Plan

Today, a coalition of conservation organizations and individuals filed a formal objection to the draft record of decision (ROD) to the revised Idaho Panhandle National Forest Plan. The group includes Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Sierra Club’s Idaho Chapter and Upper Columbia River Group, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Selkirk Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Paul Sieracki and Barry Rosenberg. The groups and individuals maintain the more »

Fall Leaves

If you live in a town that provides the service of leaf pick-up, your fall clean-up is easy. In Coeur d’Alene, their annual leaf-fest collects over 1,400 tons of leaves that they shred for compost.  The removal of these leaves from the streets save an estimated 360lbs of phosphorus from entering Coeur d’Alene Lake! But what to do if you are like the many that more »

Angry Anglers

Kootenai Environmental Alliance got an interesting call the other day from the Coeur d’Alene Lake Anglers Association. Turns out their members have been getting entangled in miles of rope left over from the Diamond Cup Hydroplane Races that were held at the end of August. Anglers trolling for chinook near the Silver Beach area are snagging their equipment on the race buoy lines that were more »