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Earth Day Fair CDA 2017

Earth Day Fair Coeur d’Alene   COEUR D’ALENE, ID.-  Did you know the first Earth Day Fair was in 1970.  Although mainstream America largely remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment, selling [...]

By | 2017-04-28T10:38:38+00:00 April 11th, 2017|blog, Community|2 Comments

Citizen Rights Under the Clean Water Act Under Threat

On February 16, the bill H.R. 1179 was introduced in the House of Representatives. This bill deters the public from filing citizen suits against water polluters - a right provided to them under the Clean Water Act. The citizen suit provision of the Clean Water Act was originally included by Congress because they recognized that [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:04:14+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|blog, Water|0 Comments

Transportation Panel Discussion pertaining to Climate Change

  COEUR D’ALENE, ID.-  Did you know that northern Idaho is only at 69% of normal snowpack this year?  Even though you may be sick of shoveling snow at your house, our mountains are still in a snow drought.  Additionally, the Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according [...]

By | 2017-02-13T11:44:01+00:00 February 13th, 2017|blog|0 Comments

Protect Idaho’s Waters, Support Idaho Invasive Species Control

Invasive species, including weeds and aquatic invaders, have the potential to wreak environmental havoc on Idaho lands and waters. From head-high spotted knapweed infestations to milfoil choking out Hayden Lake bays, these non-native species are already affecting our water supply, soil health, wildfire behavior and other ecological processes. However, the state of Idaho does not [...]

By | 2017-02-13T11:40:54+00:00 February 13th, 2017|blog|0 Comments

New Comprehensive Plan for the Spokane River Guides Actions for Reducing PCBs

A positive step toward a cleaner Spokane River was quietly recorded this past December. The Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force (Task Force) released a comprehensive plan that identifies a variety of actions that could prevent more polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from polluting the Spokane River. PCBs are a probable human carcinogen that can build up [...]

By | 2017-01-30T11:33:47+00:00 January 30th, 2017|blog, Water|0 Comments

Restoring the Coeur d’Alene Basin: Deadline Looms for Public Input on Superfund Megasite

The deadline to submit comments on the draft Coeur d’Alene Basin Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is tomorrow, Friday, January 13th. The Restoration Plan  is meant to provide a comprehensive strategic framework to guide the restoration of natural resources and their services injured by the release of mining related hazardous substances in the [...]

By | 2017-01-12T14:28:09+00:00 January 12th, 2017|blog, Forests, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Avista Spokane River Project

JAVA Happy Hour Spokane River Project License Implementation FERC No. 2545 What do you think about when you open your AVISTA power bill each month? Do you wonder about water quality, eagles, wetland habitat, and cutthroat? If you attended the December 1 JAVA Happy Hour, you would have discovered that AVISTA is thinking about and [...]

By | 2016-12-06T10:48:30+00:00 December 6th, 2016|blog|0 Comments

Action Alert: Public Meetings for Idaho’s Wild Salmon

Idaho's rivers used to teem with wild salmon and steelhead- but dams constructed along the Snake River have decimated our once vibrant ocean-running fisheries. The good news is that you now have the opportunity to advocate for recovery of wild salmon and steelhead in Idaho waters and restore more than 140 miles of the Snake [...]

By | 2016-10-21T15:30:01+00:00 October 21st, 2016|blog, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Keep Public Lands in Public Hands

The American public owns all federal public lands, including National Parks, National Forests, Wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, and wildlife preserves. Every American has a personal stake and a guaranteed say in how these places are cared for, and the right to experience and enjoy these places. The federal government owns roughly 640 million [...]

By | 2016-10-20T13:54:36+00:00 October 20th, 2016|blog|0 Comments

The Art of Beekeeping

Insights from October 6th Presentation at KEA Happy Hour from Barb McFarland The low humming of bees accompanied Barb McFarland’s lecture on the amazing and complex life cycle of honey bees, and the practical side of her twenty years of bee keeping in Northern Idaho. Honeybees are a non-native species that English colonists brought to [...]

By | 2016-10-13T10:25:44+00:00 October 13th, 2016|blog, Wildlife|0 Comments