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Spokane River Extremely Low, Water Conservation Needed

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 of this week. “Think about our river and aquifer as more »

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. 3022, would protect 23 million roadless acres in Idaho, Montana, more »

Coeur d'Alene Will Pay Residents to Conserve Water

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 have teamed up to improve water conservation measures in our more »

Kootenai County Adopts New Land Use Code

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 last decade, the County has held hundreds of neighborhood and more »

Waterkeeper  Challenge-Unifying Communities

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 resources in the Coeur d’Alene Lake watershed through enforcement, community more »

Restoration Begins for Fernan Lake

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 triggered prolonged annual blue-green algae blooms that may produce toxins more »

KEA’s 2016 Conservationist Awards

Each year for Earth Day, Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s members and friends like to recognize those that go above and beyond in the name of conservation for our community. Since 1994. KEA has awarded the Art Manley Lifetime Conservation Award to someone for sustained efforts in furtherance of our mission: “to conserve, protect and restore the environment in North Idaho with a particular emphasis on the more »

Action Alert: Bring Glass Recycling to Coeur d’Alene

The Coeur d’Alene City Council will be considering the solid waste contract bids at their meeting on Tuesday, April19th at 6:30pm. Will glass recycling be included? The bids include three different approaches to collecting glass for reuse: Include glass as part of the curbside single stream pick up via Waste Management. This is the current provider for Coeur d’Alene (and Hayden). They provide this same more »

IDEQ Urges Coeur d’Alene Basin Landowners to Test Soil

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) is urging stragglers in the Coeur d’Alene Basin to have their properties tested for soil contamination before the Basin Property Remediation Program is downsized. Over 7,000 properties, once contaminated with lead or arsenic, have been remediated as part of the Coeur d’Alene Basin cleanup project in Idaho’s Shoshone and Kootenai counties. With fewer private properties left to be more »

High Speed Jet Boats Proposed to Race Through Superfund Area

High Speed Jet Boats Proposed to Race Through Superfund Area

According to an article in The St. Maries Gazette, a high speed jet boat race will take place along the Coeur d’Alene River on May 24th and 25th of this year. The St. Maries Chamber of Commerce has been hosting the Race the Joe! event since 2012 and is now looking to expand the event to nine days spanning three area rivers: the Coeur d’Alene more »