What is Going Down Your Drain?

How often do you really think about what is going down your drain? I hadn’t thought much about it until I participated in a tour of the Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Treatment Plant and came to learn that what we put down our drain has consequences. The Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls Wastewater Treatment plants are currently installing costly tertiary treatment equipment to meet point source more »

Dirty Coal: Idaho Deserves a Say

Dirty Coal: Idaho Deserves a Say

Coal companies, seeing little future growth domestically, have a new plan: strip mine coal in Montana and Wyoming and then transport it on long coal trains through North Idaho to massive coal export terminals in Washington and Oregon. If the three proposed coal export terminals are built, up to 100 million metric tons of coal per year would travel through our communities. Currently BNSF rail more »

Liz Sedler Remembered

The forests, grizzly bears, streams, fish and the city of Sandpoint lost one of their most tenacious and dedicated defenders, when Elizabeth “Liz” Sedler passed away on February 6, 2014 at her home in Samuels, Idaho. She was 71. Her frequent, strong laughter, her occasional persnickety and outspoken ways, and her unjustified sense of modesty will be missed. She was a unique and gifted individual. more »

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 »