Our Forests Need Representation, not Misinformation

Our Forests Need Representation, not Misinformation

Did you know that you own almost 190 million acres of forest land across the United States? It’s true! This is the amount of land that has been placed in the public domain through our 155 National Forests. This is YOUR land and it is your right to say how it is managed. Those rights are now under threat of being severely limited via House more »

Why Solar is Always a Good Investment

Why Solar is Always a Good Investment

If you’re determined to join the mission of protecting the environment, solar is a good move for you and your family. There are more perks to implementing solar than there have ever been before. If you’re on the fence, now is the time to take advantage of dipping costs and exciting rewards. Here are a few reasons from Modernize to go ahead and take the more »

Collaboration: Sounds Good, But is It?

Collaboration is a big “buzz word” in many public interest projects seeking endorsement and funding.  It projects a “Kumbaya,” All-for-One and One-for-All, “feel good” impression.  Some “collaboratives” produce decent results.  But is this the case when it comes to protecting the biodiversity of our national forests? By the early 1970s there were a number of sawmills between the mouth of the Spokane River and the more »

A Breath of Fresh Air for the Silver Valley

A Breath of Fresh Air for the Silver Valley

Since 2011 air pollution in the Silver Valley has been a persistent problem, with levels of fine particulate pollution often exceeding federal health-based standards.  Scientific studies have repeatedly linked exposure to particulate matter with serious human health problems including premature death in people with heart and lung disease; nonfatal heart attacks; and increased hospital admissions and doctor and emergency room visits for respiratory and cardiovascular more »

Award-Winning Film Exposes Government Agency that Kills Millions of Wild Animals

Award-Winning Film Exposes Government Agency that Kills Millions of Wild Animals

Free Film Screening of “EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife” 6 p.m., Monday, October 12, at the Coeur d’Alene Library (702 E Front St., CdA) Community Room An award-winning documentary Jane Goodall wants millions to see is coming to Coeur d’Alene. The film, “EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife,” features three former federal agents and a prominent Congressman blowing the whistle on a barbaric and more »

The Answer is Clear - Bring Curbside Glass Recycling to Coeur d'Alene

The Answer is Clear – Bring Curbside Glass Recycling to Coeur d’Alene

The City of Coeur d’Alene began embracing recycling more than two decades ago, but it wasn’t until 2010 that curbside single stream recycling became available. By offering the single stream (all items in one big bin) option, participation in recycling increased from 28% to 75%. But of the items that are collected (plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum, steel, tin) glass was not one of them. Now, more »

Weather, Not Man, Key to Fighting Forest Fires

Weather, Not Man, Key to Fighting Forest Fires

By GEORGE WUERTHNER Our wildfire policy paradigm needs a dramatic overhaul.  Current wildfire policies are driven by outdated ideas about fire behavior as well as the ignoring the important ecological role of wildfire in maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. Wildfires are driven by climate/weather conditions. When the right conditions exist — which includes drought, low humidity, high temperatures and wind — you cannot stop a blaze.  more »

Lawsuit Challenges Loopholes in New EPA Rule Exempting Wetlands and Streams From Clean Water Act Protections

Lawsuit Challenges Loopholes in New EPA Rule Exempting Wetlands and Streams From Clean Water Act Protections

Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging last minute exemptions for industries in the new “waters of the United States” rule that could open the door to more pollution of wetlands, streams and other waterways. The rule, finalized in May by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, defines which waterways can be protected against being destroyed, degraded, or polluted without a more »

Citizen Power Under the Clean Water Act

Citizen Power Under the Clean Water Act

In the 1960s and early 70s, Coeur d’Alene Lake ran white with toxic waters. Smelters and sewage facilities dumped their waste directly into the Lake’s tributaries. Coeur d’Alene Lake wasn’t alone. Across the nation, water quality was at an all-time low. A symbol was the Cuyahoga River in Ohio, so choked with industrial waste that it repeatedly caught fire. It was a time when citizens more »

Toxic Blue Green Algal Bloom at North End of Hayden Lake

Toxic Blue Green Algal Bloom at North End of Hayden Lake

A health advisory was issued today for Hayden Lake by the Panhandle Health District and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. Water samples confirmed the presence of blue-green algae (Anabaena sp.) This species can produce potentially dangerous toxins. This algal bloom was identified in the northern end (Sportsman Park area) of the lake. Public health officials are asking people to evaluate the water conditions before recreating more »