Breaking News: Commissioners’ Comp Plan Decision to Fail

 In their long slow failure of deliberating the draft Comprehensive Plan, the County Commissioners today voted 2-1 in favor of throwing out thousands of hours of hard work by hundreds of citizens in developing a new comp plan that actually meant something.  Over Commissioner Tondee’s strong objection, Commissioners Currie and Piazza voted to remove specific development density ranges for all land use designations in the Plan. more »

Kerry-Lieberman Energy Bill With North Idaho Loophole

The American Power Act, the energy / climate bill unveiled yesterdayby Senators Kerry and Lieberman (and not Graham), is a complex 900+ page bill that will attract a lot of discussion in the coming months.  There are pros and cons, of course, but at this point, it is mostly some really difficult legal mumbo-jumbo to wade through. The excellent folks at NRDC posted an outstanding “first reading” summary that we found extremely more »

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 »