Recycling in Flux

Did you know most of our communities recycling currently is shipped to China?  Currently single stream recycling in Coeur d’Alene is picked up by Coeur d’Alene Garbage and taken to their recycling facility in Hayden.  From there it is bailed, bundled, and trucked to Pioneer Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Tacoma with virtually no sorting.  [...]

By | 2017-11-13T15:34:36+00:00 November 15th, 2017|blog|0 Comments

Time to pull out the pen and paper and let your voice be heard

Bills to Oppose   Water Bills to Oppose HR 3043-passed House The Hydropower Policy Modernization Act, would make the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the lead agency for all federal authorities related to dams including The Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. It gives unprecedented power to FERC to set [...]

By | 2017-11-10T16:02:56+00:00 November 11th, 2017|blog, Community, Forests, KEA, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Say NO to Coal

Avista needs to hear from you! The emissions from burning coal for heat and energy fuel global warming, making coal one of the greatest threats to our climate.  Mining and burning coal release harmful pollutants into the air, like mercury and chemicals.  Pollution from burning coal also produces acid rain, which kill fish and plants.  [...]

By | 2017-11-06T11:38:15+00:00 November 7th, 2017|blog, climate change, Community|0 Comments

Bill H.R. 3043

Bill H.R. 3043 is scheduled to go to the house floor next week.  This bill is a devastating assault on our nation’s rivers and the people and wildlife that depend upon them.  Its passage would end 95 years of balance in the hydropower licensing, tipping the scales again taxpayers in favor of big utilities.  No [...]

By | 2017-11-03T14:14:58+00:00 November 4th, 2017|blog, Community, KEA, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Faith and Climate Change

Climate Action CDA presented a panel on Faith and Climate Change at NIC October 19, 2017, to an audience of fifty people including community members and students. Panelists represented Catholic, Jewish, Evangelical Lutheran, and Episcopal faiths. The Islamic leader had to cancel unfortunately. Although the traditions had some differences in theology, practice, and emphasis on [...]

By | 2017-10-20T16:18:51+00:00 October 21st, 2017|blog, Community, KEA|0 Comments

Institutional Controls on the Bunker Hill Superfund Site by Andy Helkey, Panhandle Health District, Kellogg, ID

Andy Helkey presented an update on the Bunker Hill Superfund Site to an attentive audience at the KEA office. Several audience members had grown up in Kellogg and shared their memories of the years the mine and smelter operated in Kellogg. This is the second largest Superfund site in the U.S. consisting of 1500 square [...]

By | 2017-10-10T13:21:41+00:00 October 11th, 2017|blog, Community, KEA, Water|0 Comments

The first Happy Hour of the autumn season featured two speakers who provided evidence-based information about our local waterways.  Robert Steed, IDEQ Water Ecologist, began the session with “TMDL Overview and the Spokane River,” followed by Mike Anderson, from the CDA Water Treatment plant, who discussed the facilty’s on-going improvements under construction this year. Robert [...]

By | 2017-09-08T13:32:42+00:00 September 9th, 2017|blog, Community, KEA, Water|0 Comments

Kris Buchler Remembered

KEA friend and well-known wildlife educator, Kris Buchler passed away last Thursday. Just like the song birds, Kris Buchler was an early riser. She never hesitated to rise at the wee hours of the day to make the trek out to the wilderness to hear their morning calls. She had an ear most of us [...]

By | 2017-09-06T09:36:09+00:00 September 6th, 2017|blog, Community|0 Comments