Transition Initiative Brings Sustainability Programs to Sandpoint

This post by summer intern Kayla Baker: From the global realization of the challenges of climate change and peak extraction of oil, the Transition Initiative movement developed in 2005. The Transition  Initiative movement addressed how cities could, in the face of shortages due to climate change and overconsumption of oil, become more sustainable through more creative means of energy production, education, health care, and agriculture. more »

New Mini-Megaloads Proposed To Be Routed Through Coeur d’Alene on Hwy 95

A representative from Idaho Department of Transportation briefed the Coeur d’Alene City Council last night regarding the relatively new concept of “mini-megaloads” slated to be shipped – hello – through Coeur d’Alene d’Alene this summer. The loads are massive pieces of oil processing equipment being shipped from Korea to the massive tar sands project in Alberta, Canada. According to the briefing, the “half-height” loads are more »

BREAKING NEWS: Pumpkins To Be Planted

Roots CSA coordinator and all-around local food hero Korrine Kreilkamp provides this breaking news update: In May, the Roots Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a program of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance, partnered with Dalton Elementary for a second season to provide a hands-on learning experience for the first grade students.  In the classroom, Roots CSA volunteers educated students about the vocabulary and process of growing from more »

Another Flood Season, Another Tough Season for Swans in the Coeur d’Alene Basin

Tundra swans are dying again this year. Like they do every year. Lured to the beautiful lower Coeur d’Alene basin’s waterways and wetlands for rest and food, the birds end up, quite literally, choked on sediments contaminated with lead. The lead, of course, is flushed downstream by flooding from the legacy of mining in the Silver Valley. Each spring runoff season brings a fresh coating more »

Tubbs Hill Separated from McEuen Park Plan

Even before the marathon meeting gathered momentum, the Coeur d’Alene City Council agreed unanimously to separate Tubbs Hill from the concept plan for McEuen Park. On a motion by Ron Edinger, seconded and amended by Mike Kennedy, the Council agreed with KEA and the Tubbs Hill Foundation that Tubbs Hill needs to be addressed, but needs to be addressed differently, and in a different process. more »

Tubbs Hill is Different

We’ve written a few times about Tubbs Hill and its intersection with the McEuen Park debate. As the concept proposal for McEuen goes to the City Council next week, the issue of Tubbs Hill is likely to be squarely at the forefront of the Council’s consideration. We’ve spent some time this past week, working with community members, talking to City Council members, and thinking a more »

Homeless Osprey Homeless No More

We got an email a couple of weeks ago from a resident in Post Falls concerned about a pair of suddenly homeless and increasingly desperate osprey. As the all-purpose conservation organization in North Idaho, and friend to animals big and small, could we help? We set out on twitter (and the telephone), and according to an Avista representative, it seems this particular migrating osprey pair more »

KEA Comments on Forest Planning Rule

Today, KEA filed comments on the draft Forest Planning Rule, proposed by the U.S. Forest Service to govern how forest plans are drafted and, ultimately, how forests are managed into the future. The current rule has been in effect since 1982, and since then, all subsequent efforts to revise the rule have failed. Our comments are less extensive and less technical, but they track the more »

Spring Is Here, Community Roots Gears Up

Finally, there’s some sunshine and warmth in the air. For our Community Roots program, that’s the signal for a very busy spring season. Even though it’ll take a while before delicious fresh food gets harvested out of our CSA farm and the Shared Harvest Garden, there’s plenty of activity in preparation. This week, our own Roots CSA will be out at the Kootenai County Farmers more »

Washington’s Aquifer Solution

We got word on Thursday that the Washington Department of Ecology was releasing a new study, purporting to prove the feasibility of a scheme to recharge the critical Rathdrum Prairie aquifer with water from Lake Pend Oreille. The aquifer is the sole source of drinking water for about 600,000 people. The report, called the “Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer* Optimized Recharge for Summer Flow Augmentation of more »