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.

What We’re Reading

Retiring Justice John Paul Stevens played a leading role in the development of modern environmental law — Legal Planet Food and climate change and Anna Lappe at Get Lit! in Spokane — Out There Monthly Off road vehicles vs. land protection — USA Today A diminished environment is the new normal — Yale Environment 360 Two more glaciers gone at Glacier National Park — Spokesman more »

Misdirected Pressure Building on Building and Planning

The CDA Press recently reported and editorialized about the recent development forum, which focussed attention on frustrations with County approval and enforcement processes in the Kootenai County Building and Planning Department.  As perhaps the ardent environmentalists referred to in this CDA Press editorial, we would only say that not all of the blame can be laid in the Department. A huge problem is the failure of the Commissioners more »

Environmental Law Clinics Under Attack

The Environmental Law Clinic at Gonzaga’s Law School represents Kootenai Environmental Alliance on Clean Water Act issues — currently including our efforts to clean up after the mess made by the Fernan Lake road project, and our efforts on behalf of the Spokane River.  While this is a relatively new development for KEA, and while this clinic is a new incarnation at Gonzaga Law, environmental more »

KEA to Launch Roots CSA

This posting from KEA’s local food hero, Korrine Kreilkamp: After several successful years of collecting and distributing over 16,000 lbs. of fresh produce to feed the hungry, the Community Roots program of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance is creating a new way to further strengthen our local food system.  Starting this spring, the program plans to build a charitable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Dalton more »

What We’re Reading — Spokane River Edition

Clean water wonks and TMDL nerds should spend some time reading the documents collected at Spokane River Forum relating to the Spokane River “dispute resolution” proceedings before Washington’s Department of Ecology.  KEA’s comments are posted there (and at our website), along with a lot other legal mumbo jumbo filed by a number of interested parties.    Some breaking news there, perhaps:  In a letter  to Idaho’s Congressional delegation, EPA more »

Currie Explains “Community Development Forum” Invitations

We were simply happy with our invitation to the County Commissioner’s “Community Development Forum” scheduled for Monday.  But at a regularly scheduled deliberation meeting at the Board of County Commissioners this morning, Chairman Rick Currie took some time to explain “the purposes and intent” of the now-controversial meeting.  Reading from a prepared statement, Chairman Currie explained that it is, of course, the job of County Commissioners to more »

We’re Invited After All!

After worrying yesterday that we were being excluded from a “Community Development Forum” sponsored by the County Commissioners, we are pleased to say that got our invite emailed to us this morning.  Evidently, a posting at Huckleberries Online alerted the County to its unfortunate oversight.  We look forward to being an official participant.

Commissioners to Sponsor Forum for Developers about Development

We didn’t receive our invitation by the County Commissioners “to the County’s development and construction communities” to attend a “Community Development Forum” on Monday evening

An Eye-Opening McEuen Park Workshop

As Mayor Bloem put it, “this isn’t the first time [McEuen Field and park] has been talked about and it won’t be the last.” But it was an impressive show last night at the open workshop sponsored by the City of Coeur d’Alene on design possibilities for the treasured downtown park.  The Mayor emphasized that there is no set plan for McEuen Park at this point, “There’s been more »