Spokane River Advocates Petition WA State to Increase Summertime Flows

Spokane River Advocates Petition WA State to Increase Summertime Flows

Yesterday, advocates for the Spokane River petitioned the Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) to increase its flow rule for Spokane River.   Conservationists are seeking a minimum summertime flow of 1,800 – 2800 cubic feet per second (CFS) to support fisheries and recreation, and protect higher flows for recreation when available. “We are asking Washington state to ‘go with the flow,’ amend its inadequate flow rule, more »

IDEQ Urges Coeur d’Alene Basin Landowners to Test Soil

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) is urging stragglers in the Coeur d’Alene Basin to have their properties tested for soil contamination before the Basin Property Remediation Program is downsized. Over 7,000 properties, once contaminated with lead or arsenic, have been remediated as part of the Coeur d’Alene Basin cleanup project in Idaho’s Shoshone and Kootenai counties. With fewer private properties left to be more »

High Speed Jet Boats Proposed to Race Through Superfund Area

High Speed Jet Boats Proposed to Race Through Superfund Area

According to an article in The St. Maries Gazette, a high speed jet boat race will take place along the Coeur d’Alene River on May 24th and 25th of this year. The St. Maries Chamber of Commerce has been hosting the Race the Joe! event since 2012 and is now looking to expand the event to nine days spanning three area rivers: the Coeur d’Alene more »

Record-Breaking Number of Comments Pour in Against Proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal

Today marks the close of comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, WA. The Stand Up To Oil campaign will deliver a record-breaking 276,296 comments to Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) opposing the project. This outpouring of opposition follows turn out of almost 2,000 people to three crowded hearings (two in Vancouver, one in Spokane) more »

Coalition of Conservation Groups, Industry, and Municipal Government Challenge Hatchery Permit for Impacts of PCBs to the Spokane River

Coalition of Conservation Groups, Industry, and Municipal Government Challenge Hatchery Permit for Impacts of PCBs to the Spokane River

Last week, a coalition of conservation groups consisting of the Spokane Riverkeeper, The Lands Council, the Kootenai Environmental Alliance, and the Lake Spokane Association, along with the Inland Empire Paper Company and the City of Coeur d’Alene filed a challenge to the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board of a pollution discharge permit issued by the Washington Department of Ecology for the operation of a more »

How We Feed Our Community Affects Our Climate

During the 2015 growing season more than 34 Community Roots Volunteers were involved in recovering 4,200 lbs. of locally grown fruits and vegetables from gardeners and small farmers using bicycles. The recovered food was then handed off to several area food assistance facilities like St. Vincent De Paul, Jumping Bean Mobile Food Bank, and Hayden Senior Center to help feed people who are struggling in more »

Wilderness and Economics

Wilderness and Economics

“A national park will not save the area. Rather, the restrictions and red tape that come with federal control would inhibit growth. Survival requires economic development, but a national park will limit our options.” Kathy Gagnon editorial opposing a national park in Maine published in Bangor Daily News May 11, 2014[i] Wildland preservation is motivated by a variety of ethical, biological, cultural, and recreational concerns. more »

Prepare to Adapt to a Warming Climate

Prepare to Adapt to a Warming Climate

The climate is changing here in the Inland Northwest and scientists say that the conditions we experienced in 2015 will be an “average year” by 2040. In November, more than 400 regional scientists and administrators came together at the 6th Annual Northwest Climate Science Conference in Coeur d’Alene to discuss what to expect in the coming years and make recommendations for how communities should prepare more »

Stand Up to Tesoro Savage and More Oil Trains

Stand Up to Tesoro Savage and More Oil Trains

For years there has been a growing movement throughout the Pacific Northwest to oppose dirty, dangerous fossil fuel projects — from coal export to oil-by-rail terminals. Tesoro-Savage has proposed a huge new oil terminal in Vancouver, WA that would dramatically increase the number of oil trains passing through north Idaho and eastern Washington on its way west, increasing the threats to our communities and waterways. more »

John Muir's Last Stand

John Muir’s Last Stand

JOHN MUIR, a man whose love for nature seemed almost to transcend Earthly limits, was not immortal. More than one hundred years ago, on Christmas eve 1914, Muir’s spirit set off into the pathless wild. The great naturalist’s obituary in the New York Times was effusive, listing professional accomplishments after recounting his emigration from Scotland (“the youth who was destined to become one of the more »