Community Roots Gathering Garden

Community Roots Gathering Garden

It has been a busy couple of months at the Community Roots Gathering Garden located on the NIC education corridor on the east side of Hubbard Street.  A core group of volunteers, in partnership with young adults from Work Ready, have been busy transforming this neglected old mill site into an example of Permaculture principles and techniques. Community Roots seeks to connect the community with the more »

ULUC Hearing Rescheduled due to Crowd

The first in a series of Kootenai County(KC) Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) hearings was held by the KC Planning Commission last night at the Courthouse.  Arriving a few minutes early got me on the speakers list but left me standing in the hallway. The room was packed with hundreds of people, many of whom were very worried about this plan but not specifically sure more »

KEA’s Comments on ULUC Draft

The Kootenai County Planning Commission is currently accepting comments on the newest draft of the Kootenai County Unified Land Use Code (ULUC).  Written comments will be accepted now through June 17th, which is when the Public Hearings will begin. Please consider submitting comments of your own or speaking at the public hearing on June 18th. Following are the comments submitted by Kootenai Environmental Alliance. Kootenai more »

Coast Guard Expidites Permitting for “Race the Joe!”

We are disappointed and concerned with the announcement that the US Coast Guard has changed its tune and issued a permit for the 1st Annual Race the Joe! jet boat race scheduled for May 17-19 on the St. Joe River. Before political interference from Idaho’s congressional delegation and Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, the agency had indicated that it was required by law to review the more »

Kootenai River Under Threat

By Evelyn Donald The Kootenai River was recently ranked as the 9th most endangered river in the United States. According to the 2013 American Rivers report, the Kootenai, which runs through North Idaho and Montana is under threat from Canadian Coal mining company, Tek Coal Ltd. Runoff and waste from their large-scale open pit mining operations on the Elk river in British Columbia is endangering water quality downstream more »

The Art of Nature

The Art of Nature

 By Carol Muzik A small wren builds her nest under the eaves of our shed in the same place she’s been coming to for years, while a song sparrow belts out his song with power and strength from the top of our apple tree. From the lake, grebes and Canada geese call to each other.  Nearby, busy hummingbirds zip back and forth defending their territory. more »

Land Use Code Draft Open for Public Comment

 A few weeks ago the Kootenai County Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) Technical Committee wrapped up their review of the initial draft and made their final recommendations to consultants Kendig Keast and the Kootenai County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The technical committee members must be applauded for all of the time and detailed attention they have poured into the editing of this document. This more »

Community Roots 2013 A Year in Transition

Community Roots 2013 A Year in Transition

Community Roots is beginning its 6th year as a program of KEA.  Community Roots began in 2007 with the Local Food Share Program which collects surplus produce from the Farmers Market and backyard gardeners and redistributes it to the many food assistance facilities in our community.  To date Local Food Share has provided  approximately 30,000 lbs of fruits and vegetables to those that would otherwise more »

Coeur d’Alene Lake, Problems and Solutions

In the Upper Coeur d’Alene Basin resides one of the largest and most complex Superfund sites in the country, Bunker Hill. From the 1880s to the early 1980s, the Silver Valley was the nation’s largest producer of silver, lead, zinc, and other metals. The mining and processing generated large quantities of heavy-metal-related waste materials containing toxic substances such as cadmium, arsenic, lead, and zinc. Much more »

WANTED: Lower Basin Cleanup Ideas and Input

The Bunker Hill Superfund Site is one of the largest and most complex Superfund sites in the country. The designated site encompasses the 21 sq. mi. Bunker Hill “box” located in the area surrounding the historic smelting operations in the Upper Basin and as-the-water-flows down through the Coeur d’Alene River corridor. The Coeur d’Alene River bed is thus lined with more than six million cubic more »