Floating wetlands in McLean's Bay

Floating wetlands in McLean’s Bay

Kootenai Environmental Alliance volunteers launched two Floating Treatment Wetlands into McLean’s Bay on Hayden Lake at the close of September. With the support of McLean’s Bay homeowners, KEA is piloting this new technology to improve water quality conditions in the bay. The Hayden Lake Project, which launched in 2009 and operates under the direction of Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA), conducts water quality research in and more »

National Rally to Protect America's Wolves

National Rally to Protect America’s Wolves

Next Saturday, September 7th, wildlife and wolf advocates from all around the country will gather in Washington DC to demand federal protections for America’s wolves, under the Endangered Species Act, in every state throughout their historic range.   The National Rally to Protect America’s Wolves is a grassroots-formed demonstration and rally to defend and protect wolves. Rally organizer Robert Goldman says, “Wolves are native, ecologically vital more »

News from the Roots Gathering Garden

 As the days grow rapidly shorter the work still goes on- here is what’s been going on at the Community Roots Gathering Garden site at North Idaho College. Those that knew the plot of land can understand why it has been a challenging first season for the volunteers working to transform it.  The site was previously utilized for industrial purposes, the grounds were barren and more »

Coeur d'Alene Will Reward Residents for Water Conservation

Coeur d’Alene Will Reward Residents for Water Conservation

Water is a precious resource that we must all protect through conservation. Here in Idaho, 40-60% of water consumed by homeowners is used outdoors for lawns and plants. During the summer, Coeur d’Alene municipal water systems must pump 5-6 times more water than in the winter to provide for irrigation. Coeur d’Alene’s average winter demand is about 7 million gallons per day where a hot  more »

Megaloads Update: Shipping company thumbs nose at Forest Service, Nez Perce Tribe

Megaloads Update: Shipping company thumbs nose at Forest Service, Nez Perce Tribe

We got the following alert from our friends at Idaho Rivers United yesterday: Omega Morgan’s promise to truck a megaload of industrial equipment along U.S. Highway 12 Monday night is in direct defiance of the U.S. Forest Service and shows incredible indifference to the Nez Perce Tribe, an Idaho river conservation group says. “I am appalled at Omega Morgan’s lack of respect for the Nez more »

HR 1526 Great Name Bad Idea

Recently, the US House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1526, the “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act” introduced by Rep. Hastings (R-WA)- who is also conveniently the Chairman of the Committee. This bill is similar to Rep. Raul Labrador’s “Self Sufficient Community Lands Act” that was introduced last session and died in committee. HR 1526 provides a temporary solution to the expiration of the more »

Environmental Education and Climate Change: Everybody is a Student

Environmental Education and Climate Change: Everybody is a Student

I have been a science teacher with the Coeur d’Alene School District for five years now, and my interactions with Kootenai Environmental Alliance both in and out of the classroom have been overwhelmingly positive for my students and me.  From impromptu phone calls to the KEA office during class to answer student questions about the Selkirk Caribou habitat designation, to stormwater drain stenciling in the more »

An Opportunity to Halt Logging of Farragut Shoreline

An Opportunity to Halt Logging of Farragut Shoreline

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) Board will meet on Tuesday, July 30, 8 AM at the Coeur d’Alene Inn located at Highway 95 and Appleway. This is an important, and perhaps the last, opportunity to voice your objection to the proposed logging of the beautiful shoreline trail at Farragut State Park. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, with the approval of more »

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 »