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We are committed to making a difference in our COMMUNITY. Our unique local food share initiative, Community Roots, and Roots Community Supported Agriculture program encourages sustainable food practices, reduction of our carbon footprint and secures healthy meals for local low-income families. We also hold free bi-monthly educational forums where experts
can inform the public on local, regional and national environmental issues.

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

Fracking could be coming to a neighborhood near you!

Comments needed by December 12th! Fracking is the method of extracting very hard-to-get-at natural gas by pressure washing it out of the ground.  The process uses a lot of water to extract natural gas that is trapped between rocks.  The waste water from this process can be injected back into the ground with a special [...]

By | 2017-12-06T21:03:22+00:00 December 7th, 2017|blog, climate change, Community, KEA, Land Use, Water|0 Comments

Contact your Senators Now!

For 100 years, federal tax policy has incentivized the giving spirit. It has also empowered our crucial work. The goal of simplifying the tax code and making it easier for Americans to file their taxes is admirable, but the collateral damage this simplification would cause comes at too great a cost. According to Republican estimates, [...]

By | 2017-11-30T10:23:37+00:00 November 30th, 2017|blog, climate change, Community, Forests, KEA, Water, Wildlife|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