ULUC Restart

Not much has been heard about the Kootenai County Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) since the Public Hearing in June was cancelled due to crowding. Following this meeting, the ULUC was sent back to contracted code writers, Kendig Keast, to incorporate suggested revisions. In response, Kendig Keast returned a prospectus that set out the changes proposed for the revised draft of the ULUC. During a more »

Community Roots Extends Growing Season

Community Roots Extends Growing Season

Over the summer, volunteers and Work Ready interns transformed an unused slash pile along the North Idaho College (NIC) education corridor into a true gathering place where the teaching, learning and growing is visible for all of the community to see. Community Roots, a program of Kootenai Environmental Alliance, is goaled with reconnecting people with the land that feeds them.  To reach this goal, this more »

Pilings for Osprey Habitat

Pilings for Osprey Habitat

Cougar Bay is unique on Lake Coeur d’Alene.  It provides refuge for birds, fish and wildlife, as well as quiet water for small watercrafts and non-motorized boaters. Log pilings stand as visual monuments to the historic logging past on Lake Coeur d’Alene when log storage in Cougar Bay was integral to the DeArmond, Idaho Forest Industries, Diamond, Northwest Timber and Ohio Match sawmills. Evidence of more »

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 »