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 »

Keep it in the Ground: Keystone XL Pipeline & Beyond

Keep it in the Ground: Keystone XL Pipeline & Beyond

The Keystone XL pipeline, a $5.2 BILLION proposal to construct a 1,179 mile petroleum transport portion from the tar sands of Canada to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, is currently awaiting its fate from the hands of the State Department and President Obama. The President is expected to issue or deny the permit application by late November or December. Local resident and KEA member Bill Irving more »

ULUC Restart

Not much has been heard about the Kootenai County Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) since the Public Hearing in June was cancelled due to crowding. Following this meeting, the ULUC was sent back to contracted code writers, Kendig Keast, to incorporate suggested revisions. In response, Kendig Keast returned a prospectus that set out the changes proposed for the revised draft of the ULUC. During a more »

Community Roots Extends Growing Season

Community Roots Extends Growing Season

Over the summer, volunteers and Work Ready interns transformed an unused slash pile along the North Idaho College (NIC) education corridor into a true gathering place where the teaching, learning and growing is visible for all of the community to see. Community Roots, a program of Kootenai Environmental Alliance, is goaled with reconnecting people with the land that feeds them.  To reach this goal, this more »

Pilings for Osprey Habitat

Pilings for Osprey Habitat

Cougar Bay is unique on Lake Coeur d’Alene.  It provides refuge for birds, fish and wildlife, as well as quiet water for small watercrafts and non-motorized boaters. Log pilings stand as visual monuments to the historic logging past on Lake Coeur d’Alene when log storage in Cougar Bay was integral to the DeArmond, Idaho Forest Industries, Diamond, Northwest Timber and Ohio Match sawmills. Evidence of more »