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Kootenai County Commissioners Candidate Forum

Midterm elections are fast approaching.  Although there is excitement around deciding the next Governor of Idaho, an upcoming local election can have major environmental impacts in terms of the policy that affects the entire county.   Two County Commissioner seats are up for grabs in Kootenai County. The Commissioners create policy that define high-level goals [...]

By |2018-09-12T11:49:24+00:00September 15th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

Fernan Restoration: The next phase

Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA) will be continuing its efforts to reduce phosphorus entering Fernan Lake with a demonstration restoration project.  KEA will be working with East Side Highway District and Architects West to restore 300 feet of shoreline. It has been determined that high phosphorous levels in Fernan Lake are a driving factor in the [...]

By |2018-09-14T09:44:37+00:00September 3rd, 2018|blog|0 Comments

Legislative Action: Pesticides Rider in Farm Bill

Nearly a decade ago, Waterkeeper Alliance and our partners won an important legal victory that helps keep pesticides from poisoning our waterways. This ruling meant that Clean Water Act permits are legally required before pesticides are sprayed over and into waterways. Ever since our legal victory, the chemical industry has been heavily lobbying Congress to create a [...]

By |2018-08-30T13:58:02+00:00September 1st, 2018|blog, KEA, Water|0 Comments

Changes in Recycling Materials up for Consideration at Tonight’s City Council Meeting

Tonight(June 19th at 6pm) at the Coeur 'd Alene City Council meeting the city will request a Temporary Rate Increase, Changes to the Acceptable Material List, and Modification of Contract in Regard to Collection Procedures for Coeur d’Alene Garbage Service.  The public will be able to express their concerns during the  PUBLIC COMMENTS period.   Each speaker will be [...]

By |2018-06-19T13:13:02+00:00June 19th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

Have you noticed your Recycling bin overflowing yet? It could be happening soon here in CDA WHY?

On March 1, 2018, China began refusing to buy U.S. and European recyclables---especially most kinds of plastics, which has led to a challenge for the recycling industry and local companies such as CDA Garbage. In order to meet this challenge and continue offering full recycling service as defined by their current contract with the City, [...]

By |2018-06-11T08:07:34+00:00June 11th, 2018|blog, climate change, KEA|0 Comments

Idaho Department of Lands to Hold Public Hearings

BNSF Railway wants to expand rail bridge infrastructure in our backyard by building a series of 3 new rail bridges. The largest bridge would cross nearly a mile over Lake Pend Oreille, adjacent to the existing rail bridge. The other two bridges would also parallel existing bridges that cross over Bridge St. (to City Beach) [...]

By |2018-05-18T15:27:58+00:00May 18th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

Sample Letter to request that USCG perform a full EIS around BNSF’s proposed rail bridge expansion project

The U.S. Coast Guard is the lead federal agency in charge of carrying out environmental oversight of the proposed project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  We are requesting the Coast Guard perform a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) rather than a less rigorous Environmental Assessment (EA).   Date:   From: [Sender Name] [Address] [...]

By |2018-04-27T13:31:02+00:00April 28th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

Forest Collaboration is Consuming the Public ‘s Forests

Citizens are speaking out in support of our nation’s conservation laws that protect National Forests. Efforts to circumvent those laws by self-styled collaborative groups, who are holding a conference in Coeur d’Alene today, threaten to take the public’s voice out of our National Forests. The conservationists and citizens note that collaborative efforts by special interests [...]

By |2018-03-19T07:21:59+00:00March 19th, 2018|blog, Forests, KEA, Land Use|0 Comments

Proposed Smelter in Newport, WA raising concerns in local communities

A Canadian Company Called HiTest Sand is proposing to build a smelter in Newport Washington.  The proposed smelter will discharge up to 700 tons per year of nitrogen oxide, 601 tons of carbon monoxide and 760 tons of sulfur dioxide, along with 111 tons per year of particulate matter.  The smelter would be the 15th [...]

By |2018-03-13T16:09:37+00:00March 15th, 2018|blog, climate change, Community, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Comments Needed: Second Rail Bridge over Lake Pend Orielle back on the table

The Idaho Department of Lands(IDL) is seeking public comments on a permit application received from BNSF Railway Co. to construct a second train bridge adjacent to and west of the existing train bridge across Lake Pend Oreille.   The long-discussed project, which BNSF Railway has proposed to improve rail traffic flow throughout town, recently went [...]

By |2018-03-13T15:37:05+00:00March 14th, 2018|blog|0 Comments