IDL Issues Arbitrary Decision On Cougar Bay

As if the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) knew that the Save Cougar Bay campaign was gathering a head of steam, the Department, we learned yesterday, returned the application submitted by the Osprey Protective Association for a permit to simply protect the pilings and booms in Cougar Bay.  This is the second time the agency has returned the application without addressing it on the merits. more »

New Mural Nearing Completion at Roots CSA

This week, New York graphic artist Annie Stranger will be completing a mural at the Roots CSA, our charitable community supported agriculture project growing quite beautifully in Dalton Gardens.  The mural, on the side of a shed abutting the CSA, is bringing yet more life to the remarkable project which brings fresh local food to subscribers at all income levels. Annie Stranger is the talented daughter more »

KEA’s Role Establishing Idaho’s Public Trust Doctrine

Legal intern Trevor Frank supplies this first of two reports: Preserving Cougar Bay will implicate “the public trust doctrine” – a legal doctrine that holds, basically, that natural resources should be maintained for the public’s interest. It is a doctrine that applies in Idaho because of a case brought by Kootenai Environmental Alliance. Historically, water bodies have been thought of as a public resource under more »

Protect the Pilings to Protect Cougar Bay

After some careful consideration, Kootenai Environmental Alliance has, as part of our new Save Cougar Bay campaign,  joined forces with the Cougar Bay Osprey Protective Association to preserve the log pilings in Cougar Bay. The pilings represent cultural, recreational, and biological values that are important in Cougar Bay – the last quiet Bay on Coeur d’Alene Lake. We are supporting an Osprey Association application to the more »

New Spokane Riverkeeper

We had heard this through our excellent regional enviro-grapevine, but it became official today.  Bart Mihailovich, best known as one of the bloggers at the excellent Down To Earth, was appointed as Riverkeeper for the Spokane River.  Bart replaces founding Riverkeeper Rick Eichstadt who will still be handling legal and support work for the organization.    The Spokane Riverkeeper, a project of Spokane’s Center for Justice, is one more »

The BP Spill Bill and the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Intern and Congress-watcher Jordin Jacobs helps with this report: Full and dedicated funding for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund is expected to be considered this week in the context of comprehensive oil spill legislation being considered by the US Congress. Since its inception in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has helped state agencies and local communities acquire millions of acres more »

Save Cougar Bay

After some careful consideration and some grassroots encouragement, Kootenai Environmental Alliance is launching a new campaign this week to Save Cougar Bay.   We think Cougar Bay is essentially the Tubbs Hill of Coeur d’Alene Lake. Cougar Bay, the last quiet bay on Coeur d’Alene Lake, is rich with fish and wildlife habitat, historic significance, and is an important haven for quiet recreation close to the more »

What We’re Reading

Too hot to work in the yard: Federal legislation is dead, climate action returns to EPA and the states — CPR Blog Penny-a-gallon water: Alaska town sells H2O for sale to India — Circle of Blue NASA lasers measure the height of forest canopies — NASA BP economic impact extends to charitable giving — Nonprofit Quarterly Regulation of business, or regulation of the worst of more »

Opening Salvos in Spokane River Legal War

 The City of Post Falls and the Hayden Area Sewer Board followed through on their promise to file a lawsuit in federal court challenging the legitimacy of the 12-year effort to establish a cleanup plan for the Spokane River. The City of Coeur d’Alene just decided it will be joining in as well.  The Idaho polluters’ lawsuit is drawing high-powered opposition. The U.S. EPA and more »

Congress Considers Electric Vehicle Deployment Bill

Our outstanding intern Jordin Jacobs informs us of legislation pending in Congress regarding electric vehicles. Both Senators Crapo and Risch are on key Senate committees that will consider S. 3442, The Electric Vehicle Deployment Act, written to jump start the operation of electric vehicles and development of the necessary infrastructure: Our current transportation system accounts for 70% of our oil dependency. According to proponents, if the Electric more »