Ever seen KEA staff all at the same place at the same time?

We have a very busy office.  We also have a unique patchwork of staff – in addition to myself and full-time Outreach and Development Director Cathleen O’Connor, we have six part-time staffers at the moment.  That’s right, a KEA world record of SIX part-time staff. The fact that everyone works on different schedules and different hours on different projects makes it somewhat manageable in the tiny office. But today, more »

Spokane River TMDL — It is not fair, not perfect, but not worth delaying

After 12 long years of talking about it, the Clean Water Act might start having an impact on Spokane River water quality soon. Well, within the next decade or two. The Washington Department of Ecology has finally moved forward on a basic legal requirement to budget pollution loads in the Spokane River.  All this time, nutrient pollution has continued to choke the oxygen out of more »

Cougar Bay Needs Protection From County Effort to Protect It

 Kootenai Environmental Alliance provided testimony last night at a hearing by the Idaho Department of Lands on whether to approve a proposal for up to 12 overnight mooring buoys in Cougar Bay and a string of buoys across the mouth of the Bay to demarcate a no wake zone. The proposal, sponsored by Kootenai County Parks and Waterways, purports to protect the sensitive Bay in more »

Spokane River TMDL Decision Coming Soon?

We’ve heard through the grapevine that the “dispute resolution” proceeding regarding the Spokane River TMDL will be resolved as soon as today, and that the Washington Department of Ecology will be affirming the TMDL that was released earlier this year.  Idaho municipal dischargers had protested the TMDL as being unfair and overly restrictive.  KEA supplied detailed comments to the dispute resolution process, and you can read more »

Comp Plan Nearing Finish Line?

As uncomfortable as we are using the word “finish” in the same sentence as “comp plan,” we think the Kootenai County Commissioners are approaching the big decisions they have been putting off for almost a year now.  At the conclusion of their most recent deliberations meeting last week, the Commissioners had only a page-and-a-half left to do in their line-by-line editing of the controversial land more »

Don’t Forget: Primary Election Registration Deadline

 Although Koootenai Environmental Alliance has made a pact with the IRS to not endorse candidates or otherwise engage in political work, we can still get the word out about the citizenship basics of election processes. And our friends at Conservation Voters for Idaho reminded us today that the primary election in Idaho is only 26 days away, and we’d thought we’d pass along their advice: Some more »

What We’re Reading

Some of the things interesting to us lately: The first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency talks about environmental protection in these times — Wall Street Journal March 2010, another very warm month on the planet — NOAA  A new kind of non-non-profit corporation to benefit society — Chronicle of Philanthropy Greening your company is good, but giving green is maybe even better — Huffington Post The Giant more »

The ever popular Woodsy the Owl

Even as we refine our on-line presence (We’re on Twitter! And Facebook!) , we try not to get too caught up in click-counting here at KEA 2.0. Just as lawn signs are not a good predictor of election day outcomes, clicks are not necessarily a good indicator of commitment. Still, we were fascinated as to why our blog’s most popular post, by far, was the more »

What We’re Reading — Northern Rockies Wilderness Edition

Our friends at Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are ramping up their efforts to get commitments for wilderness designation for some of North Idaho’s best landscape.  The idea has been around for a long time, and we agree that it’s about time that we see some movement. Indeed, here in the KEA offices, we just came across an old fact sheet about Scotchman Peaks describing an early proposal.  more »

On Cleaning the Spokane River

In the post-Earth Day Sunday paper, the Spokesman Review published our take on the Spokane River cleanup. We agree that Idaho isn’t being treated fairly, but it isn’t like we have clean hands on our side of the border. Here’s hoping we can just get on with the difficult business of getting the nutrients out of the river.