Category : Hayden Lake

Green Living: Lawn Fertilization

Green Living: Lawn Fertilization

  With cooler temperatures, more moisture, and plenty of sunshine the soil is still warm enough to germinate seeds, but the cool air invites grass to grow a strong root system. This is why Fall is the best time for seeding and feeding your lawn. It will look great in the spring, and will be better able to resist weeds and summer stresses. Lawns and more »

Floating wetlands in McLean's Bay

Floating wetlands in McLean’s Bay

Kootenai Environmental Alliance volunteers launched two Floating Treatment Wetlands into McLean’s Bay on Hayden Lake at the close of September. With the support of McLean’s Bay homeowners, KEA is piloting this new technology to improve water quality conditions in the bay. The Hayden Lake Project, which launched in 2009 and operates under the direction of Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA), conducts water quality research in and more »

Pond Scum Helps Find Solutions For Hayden Lake

Pond Scum Helps Find Solutions For Hayden Lake

Good news for everyone who values clean water! The Hayden Lake Project got a gold star on its first official report card. What The Hayden Lake Project Is: The project, which launched in 2009 and operates under the direction of Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA), conducts water quality research in and around Hayden Lake. It uses new technologies and science-backed methods that are well proven to more »

Toxic Blue Green Algae in Idaho Lakes this Summer

Toxic Blue Green Algae in Idaho Lakes this Summer

As summer is starting to fade into fall I am reminded and wishing for that amazing warm weather we saw this season. With that weather and current pollutants found in lakes, two documented blue green algae blooms exploded in Fernan and Hayden lakes causing health advisories and shutting down lake access. Why is Blue Green Algae showing up in our lakes? Blue Green Algae is more »

Ten Things To Watch in 2012

If there’s one thing we notice in the KEA office, it is that the days on the calendar keep flying at us. Every day is a new challenge.  In the brief respite afforded by a slightly less frantic holiday week, here is a compilation of things we’ll be watching as the new year unfolds. 1. Dike Road Trees — At some point in 2012, we’re more »

County Commissioners Uphold Hayden Lake Protection, Reject Subdivision Modification

We were pleasantly surprised when we heard that, last Thursday, the Kootenai County Commissioners had rejected a proposal to eliminate water quality protections in an ongoing subdivision development above Hayden Lake. The Commissioners voted 3-0 to overturn a hearing examiner decision that would have removed development restrictions on the Falls at Hayden Lake subdivision. In a hotly contested hearing process in 2008, the 46-lot Falls more »

BREAKING NEWS: Hemlock Hills Subdivision Rejected by Kootenai County Commissioners

Faced with a subdivision proposal on a steep hillside above Hayden Lake, the Kootenai County Commissioners struggled today with the County’s subdivision ordinances and denied the request. The subdivision would have placed some 34 homes on steep slopes and erodible soils just above Hayden Lake – not far from where East Hayden Lake Road washed out in the recent spring rains. The Commissioners wrestled with more »

Hearing Examiner Rejects Hemlock Hills Subdivision Application

Kootenai Environmental Alliance has a very busy land use program, but as a general rule, we don’t weigh in on subdivision applications in Kootenai County. Mostly because we’re a small busy non-profit – there are only so many battles we can fight. The main reason for drawing the line at subdivisions is that under current county code (the subdivision ordinance — a very large pdf), more »

KEA in 2010

We sent a version of this post to our friends and members earlier this week, and we thought we’d share our thoughts on 2010 here as well. We’ve had a pretty good year at KEA. As this end-of-year letter is being written, the Kootenai County Commissioners are finally completing work on the long-awaited comprehensive plan. As you know, KEA has been involved at every step more »

Conference Exposes Water Quality Issues Common to Local Lakes

This posting courtesy of KEA staffer Julie Vanmiddlesworth:  The 9th annual Lakes Conference held last Saturday at Spokane Community College revealed that many of Idaho and Washington’s lakes are plagued by common problems. Invasive species and high nutrient levels are degrading the waters of many of our beloved lakes.  Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper advocated for a wider approach to Milfoil control in Lake Pend Oreille, more »