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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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 March 14th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

The future of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

The Forest Service is currently seeking public comments regarding the development of alternatives for the Forest Plan Revision on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The deadline is February 28. If you don’t understand forest planning, or if you were unaware of this important deadline, it is not your fault. Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert has failed [...]

By | 2018-02-16T09:24:36+00:00 February 17th, 2018|blog, Forests, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

George Wuerthner: Harvesting dead trees is bad for forests

A recent article in the The Spokesman-Review (“Colville cutting down decades of decline,” Feb. 3) celebrated increased logging on the Colville National Forest. The main justification for logging is to provide fodder for the local mills at taxpayer expense while claiming that the timber cutting is “restoration.” Colville forest Supervisor Rodney Smoldon was quoted as [...]

By | 2018-02-12T08:35:23+00:00 February 12th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

Climate Action CDA Joins Live Calls and Live Streams for Climate Activism

Climate Action CDA members gathered on Jan 31 to participate in two live events in order to learn about and take action with other climate and science-based campaigns. One was presented by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and the other by 350.org Fossil Free Fast Campaign.   The first was a national phone conference [...]

By | 2018-02-02T18:31:44+00:00 February 4th, 2018|blog, climate change, KEA|0 Comments