Category : Community

Record-Breaking Number of Comments Pour in Against Proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal

Today marks the close of comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, WA. The Stand Up To Oil campaign will deliver a record-breaking 276,296 comments to Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) opposing the project. This outpouring of opposition follows turn out of almost 2,000 people to three crowded hearings (two in Vancouver, one in Spokane) more »

How We Feed Our Community Affects Our Climate

During the 2015 growing season more than 34 Community Roots Volunteers were involved in recovering 4,200 lbs. of locally grown fruits and vegetables from gardeners and small farmers using bicycles. The recovered food was then handed off to several area food assistance facilities like St. Vincent De Paul, Jumping Bean Mobile Food Bank, and Hayden Senior Center to help feed people who are struggling in more »

Wilderness and Economics

Wilderness and Economics

“A national park will not save the area. Rather, the restrictions and red tape that come with federal control would inhibit growth. Survival requires economic development, but a national park will limit our options.” Kathy Gagnon editorial opposing a national park in Maine published in Bangor Daily News May 11, 2014[i] Wildland preservation is motivated by a variety of ethical, biological, cultural, and recreational concerns. more »

Prepare to Adapt to a Warming Climate

Prepare to Adapt to a Warming Climate

The climate is changing here in the Inland Northwest and scientists say that the conditions we experienced in 2015 will be an “average year” by 2040. In November, more than 400 regional scientists and administrators came together at the 6th Annual Northwest Climate Science Conference in Coeur d’Alene to discuss what to expect in the coming years and make recommendations for how communities should prepare more »

Stand Up to Tesoro Savage and More Oil Trains

Stand Up to Tesoro Savage and More Oil Trains

For years there has been a growing movement throughout the Pacific Northwest to oppose dirty, dangerous fossil fuel projects — from coal export to oil-by-rail terminals. Tesoro-Savage has proposed a huge new oil terminal in Vancouver, WA that would dramatically increase the number of oil trains passing through north Idaho and eastern Washington on its way west, increasing the threats to our communities and waterways. more »

Why Solar is Always a Good Investment

Why Solar is Always a Good Investment

If you’re determined to join the mission of protecting the environment, solar is a good move for you and your family. There are more perks to implementing solar than there have ever been before. If you’re on the fence, now is the time to take advantage of dipping costs and exciting rewards. Here are a few reasons from Modernize to go ahead and take the more »

A Breath of Fresh Air for the Silver Valley

A Breath of Fresh Air for the Silver Valley

Since 2011 air pollution in the Silver Valley has been a persistent problem, with levels of fine particulate pollution often exceeding federal health-based standards.  Scientific studies have repeatedly linked exposure to particulate matter with serious human health problems including premature death in people with heart and lung disease; nonfatal heart attacks; and increased hospital admissions and doctor and emergency room visits for respiratory and cardiovascular more »

The Answer is Clear - Bring Curbside Glass Recycling to Coeur d'Alene

The Answer is Clear – Bring Curbside Glass Recycling to Coeur d’Alene

The City of Coeur d’Alene began embracing recycling more than two decades ago, but it wasn’t until 2010 that curbside single stream recycling became available. By offering the single stream (all items in one big bin) option, participation in recycling increased from 28% to 75%. But of the items that are collected (plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum, steel, tin) glass was not one of them. Now, more »

Rural Residents Defend Rural Landscape and Property Rights

Last Thursday, May 21, hundreds of rural residents ffrom northern Kootenai County colored the auditorium  red at North Idaho College Schuler Performing Arts Center in opposition of a zone change that would effect the landscape of North Kootenai County. The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) hosted this second public hearing on this 34 acre zone change request near Athol. Earlier this year Developer Dennis Swartout more »

KEA Honors Community Conservationists for Earth Day

KEA Honors Community Conservationists for Earth Day

For Earth Day we thought it only appropriate to recognize the individuals that have devoted themselves to ensuring a cleaner, healthier & more sustainable environment for our community & the next generation. Art Manley Lifetime Conservation Award: Sid Fredrickson 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 more »