Category : KEA

Community Roots 2.0

As they might say in Game of Thrones “winter is coming”, normally those words would strike fear into any farmer or gardener. The growing season is coming to a close with winter approaching and this is somewhat of a disappointment given that North Idaho already has a short growing season! Sometimes, however, Mother Nature can be delayed and crops can keep growing for a few more »

Downtown Recycling Initiative

Downtown Coeur d’Alene is a beautiful place, and it is hard to deny that. As our downtown continues to grow and become more modern, shouldn’t our waste management practices follow suit? Our residential areas within Hayden, Coeur d’Alene and Dalton Gardens all enjoy the wonderful single stream recycling carts. Yet, maybe to your surprise, downtown Coeur d’Alene does not have this similar recycling setup. At 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 »

Gerry House

Sad news from Hayden Lake. Long-time KEA member and a great friend of clean water has passed away. The unfortunate details from facebook: Hayden Lake native Gerald “Gerry” House, 73, died at the North Idaho Hospice House on June 30 after a courageous six-year battle with multiple myeloma. Gerry’s friends are invited to a gathering at the Avondale Golf Club from 4 p.m. to 6:30 more »

Summer Job at KEA!

Hey kids! Still looking for something interesting to do this summer? We’ve got a summer job for you. Our project grant for the summer just arrived and we need one or two summer students to do some specific research on one of the most important water quality concerns in our region. Now that our funding is here, we are hiring ASAP.  Although we’re not paying more »

Summer Legal Internship at KEA

Hey law students! Still looking for something interesting to do this summer? We’ve got a job for you. We were just awarded a project grant for the summer and we need one or two law students to do some specific research and writing for the project. It is, of course, related to our never-ending efforts to protect North Idaho’s environment. Although we’re not paying very more »

KEA Awards Presented at Gala

Our 2nd annual Earth Day Gala was a 2nd annual success last Friday at the Hayden Lake Country Club.  Dinner was served, items were auctioned, money was raised, speeches were given, and fun was had. Special thanks to all three Kootenai County Commissioners who joined us for our 40th Anniversary celebration. At the Gala, KEA President Janet Torline presented awards to some great KEA members more »

Rumor Patrol

I don’t know what you’ve heard. But it’s probably true. Indeed, after almost three years as executive director, I am leaving the day-to-day employment of Kootenai Environmental Alliance.  In June, along with the family breadwinner (the Peyton Manning of academic law librarians), I will be relocating to Orange, California where the grass is not necessarily greener, but it is certainly way more expensive. Actually, I more »