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Community Tribute to Honor Art Manley & Scott Reed

Community Tribute to Honor Art Manley & Scott Reed

On July 1st, Kootenai Environmental Alliance and the Tubbs Hill Foundation will co-host a community tribute to commemorate the work done by Scott Reed and Art Manley to safeguard the environment and keep treasured places like Tubbs Hill and Lake Coeur d’Alene accessible for public use and enjoyment. In 2015, Scott Reed passed away at the age of 87. Scott was relentless in his pursuit more »

Outdoor Idaho features KEA on Health of Our Lakes Special

On May 19th, the Coeur d’ Alene areas lakes debuted in a starring role in an Idaho Public Television documentary, “Health of our Lakes”. The special highlights the cause and effects of blue-green algae, a warm weather phenomenon that annually affects the region’s bodies of water. The lake’s in the Idaho Panhandle appear as magnificent pools of blue, shimmery water, but if you look at more »

The Roots Pursuit – The Most Non Serious Event of the Season

Since 2011, The Roots Pursuit bicycle event has brought cycling madness, environmental awareness, and 12 lively challenges to downtown Coeur d’Alene. In the most non-serious bike event of the season, two or three person teams start from the Shared Harvest Community Garden and pedal to one of four “hubs”, where they have to complete physical, mental, and/or creative challenges and get to the next hub. more »

John Muir's Last Stand

John Muir’s Last Stand

JOHN MUIR, a man whose love for nature seemed almost to transcend Earthly limits, was not immortal. More than one hundred years ago, on Christmas eve 1914, Muir’s spirit set off into the pathless wild. The great naturalist’s obituary in the New York Times was effusive, listing professional accomplishments after recounting his emigration from Scotland (“the youth who was destined to become one of the more »

Citizen Power Under the Clean Water Act

Citizen Power Under the Clean Water Act

In the 1960s and early 70s, Coeur d’Alene Lake ran white with toxic waters. Smelters and sewage facilities dumped their waste directly into the Lake’s tributaries. Coeur d’Alene Lake wasn’t alone. Across the nation, water quality was at an all-time low. A symbol was the Cuyahoga River in Ohio, so choked with industrial waste that it repeatedly caught fire. It was a time when citizens more »

In Memory of Scott Reed

In Memory of Scott Reed

Kootenai Environmental Alliance lost a great friend and leader over the weekend. Scott Reed, renowned environmental attorney and KEA’s co-founder, passed away Saturday night at the age of 87 in the company of his loving wife, Mary Lou and children Bruce Reed and Tara Woolpy. Scott was relentless in his pursuit to protect our natural world and only retired within the past year from a 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 »

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 »

Volunteers Kayak for Stormwater Education

Volunteers Kayak for Stormwater Education

Two weeks ago KEA held a Volunteer Lake Monitors kayaking trip. The morning was beautiful and calm, perfect for enjoying the beauty of CdA Lake and Spokane River. The 9 volunteers and KEA geared up and launched out in boats provided by North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits. We headed downstream towards three stormwater outfall pipes. Here is where we discussed the impacts of stormwater pollution more »

KEA and SOLE team up to spread the message of stormwater pollution

KEA and SOLE team up to spread the message of stormwater pollution

  On a Wednesday morning a group of motivated students, part of Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education partnered with Kootenai Environmental Alliance to stencil storm drains with the message, “DUMP NO WASTE, FLOWS TO OUR LAKE.” These volunteers dedicated their time to raise awareness about stormwater pollution. Many people are under the assumption that these storm drains, that have become so apart of the landscape more »