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 | 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 | 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 | October 13th, 2016|blog, Wildlife|0 Comments

CdA City Council to Consider Blackwell Annexation

Tonight the Coeur d'Alene City Council is being asked to annex 172 acres of Blackwell Island, Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River and change the zoning to Commercial At 17 Units/Acre (C17). This request is made by the Marina Yacht Club to accommodate their plans to expand. As part of the annexation request, the [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|blog, Land Use, Water|0 Comments

Spokane River Extremely Low, Water Conservation Needed

Today river advocates are calling on their neighbors and Spokane City water managers to turn down the spigots, and turn off sprinklers. The Spokane River flows dropped below 850 cubic feet per second (cfs) – the state-mandated minimum flow – more than a week ago, and have been running at or below 750 cfs most [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|blog, Water|0 Comments

The Last, Best Chance to Save the Big Wild: Northern Rockies Ecosystem Preservation Act

 Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.     — Goethe For the first time, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) has been introduced into the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and has seven co-sponsors including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The bill, S. [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|blog, Forests, Land Use, Wildlife|0 Comments

Coeur d’Alene Will Pay Residents to Conserve Water

Water is a precious resource. Did you know that outdoor water use, mostly lawn and garden watering can quadruple in the summer? Over-watering is the No.1 cause of wasted water in the summertime and the leading cause of plant disease and insect problems. Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA) and the City of Coeur d’Alene Water Department [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|blog, Water|0 Comments

Kootenai County Adopts New Land Use Code

On June 6th, the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners adopted a "new" Land Use and Development Code. Previously, the County operated under a patchwork of separate ordinances pieced together over the past four decades. Ordinances were often disjointed and contradictory with conflicting definitions that left developers, citizens and County staff confused and frustrated. Over the [...]

By | June 7th, 2016|blog, Land Use|0 Comments

Waterkeeper Challenge-Unifying Communities

COEUR D’ALENE, ID. - Starting today Dennis Brueggemann(age 66) from Coeur d’ Alene Idaho will be riding his bike from Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Coeur d’ Alene Idaho to raise awareness for Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s Lake Coeur d’ Alene Waterkeeper program The Lake Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper program works to protect against threats to our water [...]

By | June 3rd, 2016|blog, Water|0 Comments

Restoration Begins for Fernan Lake

Fernan Lake, located just north of Coeur d’Alene Lake, acre for acre is Idaho's most popular place for recreational fishing. Unfortunately, water quality has deteriorated in recent years due to large amounts of phosphorus-laden sediments running into Fernan Lake from historical logging, shoreline erosion and agricultural activities in the watershed. An excess of phosphorus has [...]

By | May 30th, 2016|blog, Community, Land Use, Water|0 Comments