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North Idaho Water Rights Adjudication

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the North Idaho water rights adjudication process, even though the process for the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane River Basin technically began in the spring of 2009.  The Adjudication process is simply the State of Idaho’s review and compilation of all the claims to water rights in the state. All water rights users in the St. Joe, St. Maries more »

Fish and Wildlife Service Plays Politics with Wolverine Survival

Fish and Wildlife Service Plays Politics with Wolverine Survival

Bowing to political pressure, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally withdrew its proposal to list wolverines under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), despite the species’ small population and serious threats to its continued existence. Only 250 to 300 wolverines call the contiguous U.S. home, living in small populations scattered across the West. Scientists unanimously acknowledge the greatest threat to the species’ survival in the more »

Farm Bill

Farm Bill

Earlier this year, President Obama signed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, also known as the Farm Bill.  The Farm Bill isn’t new, but is updated and reauthorized every five years to serve as the government’s main policy tool for agriculture, food safety and nutritional programs. This 900 plus page bill is vast and daunting; while some of the provisions are helpful to support more »

Fernan Lake Blue-Green Algae Bloom Comes Early

Fernan Lake Blue-Green Algae Bloom Comes Early

A health advisory was issued today for Fernan Lake by the Panhandle Health District and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ). Water samples confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. KEA members sent us pictures of the onset of the bloom earlier last week – which we then reported to IDEQ. The density of blue-green algae more »

Ways to Start Going Green this Spring

at Organic Locally Grown Foods There are so many benefits of organic food, both to our environment and our health.  From preventing the emergence of superbugs, reducing the carbon cost of food miles, increasing the health of our top soil or the nutrients in our food, to preventing harmful pesticides in our bodies, making healthy food choices is obviously a global effort with far-reaching impacts. more »

Clean-Up Progress in the Coeur d'Alene Basin

Clean-Up Progress in the Coeur d’Alene Basin

Spring has started out with a warm sunny bang, which has consequently begun melting the 254 inches of powder that the Coeur d’Alene basin received over the winter season. All that snowmelt and spring rain has created the usual high flows and flooding events we see this time each year. In some towns like Mullan, their streets turn to creeks; and all that moving water more »

What is Going Down Your Drain?

How often do you really think about what is going down your drain? I hadn’t thought much about it until I participated in a tour of the Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Treatment Plant and came to learn that what we put down our drain has consequences. The Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls Wastewater Treatment plants are currently installing costly tertiary treatment equipment to meet point source more »

Dirty Coal: Idaho Deserves a Say

Dirty Coal: Idaho Deserves a Say

Coal companies, seeing little future growth domestically, have a new plan: strip mine coal in Montana and Wyoming and then transport it on long coal trains through North Idaho to massive coal export terminals in Washington and Oregon. If the three proposed coal export terminals are built, up to 100 million metric tons of coal per year would travel through our communities. Currently BNSF rail more »

Liz Sedler Remembered

The forests, grizzly bears, streams, fish and the city of Sandpoint lost one of their most tenacious and dedicated defenders, when Elizabeth “Liz” Sedler passed away on February 6, 2014 at her home in Samuels, Idaho. She was 71. Her frequent, strong laughter, her occasional persnickety and outspoken ways, and her unjustified sense of modesty will be missed. She was a unique and gifted individual. more »

The First Big Win – A Blow to the Tar Sands

From 2010 to 2013, citizens’ movements in Idaho and Montana engaged in a fierce struggle with the state governments and Big Oil over a plan to ship hundreds of gigantic “megaloads” of equipment to the tar sands of Canada, via a stretch of road protected by federal law from just such industrial traffic. Against all odds, the people won, forcing ExxonMobil and several other oil more »