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WATER is critical to all life on Earth. The clear rivers, beautiful lakes and pure drinking water are reasons many of us chose to make Northern Idaho home. KEA is the leading advocate for water conservation and water quality protection across the Inland Northwest. We work to protect the surface beauty our water presents, as well as, flows in the Spokane River and the water quality in Spokane River, Coeur d’Alene Lake, Hayden Lake, & our other waterways which have degraded due to elevated phosphorous levels, sediment and stormwater pollution.

Important Links:
http://www.idwr.idaho.gov/waterboard/WaterPlanning/CAMP/RP_CAMP/pdf/2011/RP_CAMP_final_Adopted_Plan.pdf

EPA Is Eroding States’ Authority to Protect Waters from Unchecked Development

You should not dive into a pool before checking if it is filled with water. States should not make a CWA §401 permit granting decision before they have all of the relevant facts. The EPA disagrees. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a guidance document outlining certain Clean Water Act (CWA) timelines and requirements [...]

By |2019-08-12T09:16:24-07:00August 12th, 2019|Water|0 Comments

Cyanobacteria Bloom on Fernan Lake July 2019

Fernan Lake Health AdvisoryFernan Lake is experiencing cyanobacteria bloom dominated by Gloeotrichia sp. and Woronichinia sp. that has had consistent scum formation at the east side boat ramp (opposite end of the lake from Fernan Village).  These scums should be avoided. The rest of the lake hasvisible cyanobacterial colonies that the lab identified as dominated [...]

By |2019-07-29T15:52:44-07:00July 29th, 2019|Featured, Water|0 Comments

Shoes Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

Update: Adidas announced they will create 11 million new shoes using recycled plastic that has been pulled from our planet’s oceans.  IT’S MORNING. ANOTHER PICTURE-PERFECT DAY BY THE SEA. You lace up your new running shoes. Stepping into the crisp, bright day, you fill your lungs with air. Soon, you’re at the beach, hitting your stride. Read more [...]

By |2019-07-25T10:10:29-07:00July 25th, 2019|Water|0 Comments

Drought and Water Pollution Means Taps Run Dry for Half of Zimbabwe’s Capital City

More than 2 million people in and around Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, are currently without access to municipal drinking water, the result of a years-long drought and high water pollution levels, Climate Change News reported. With their taps running dry, residents are instead relying on merchants, open wells, streams, and boreholes for water. Read more [...]

By |2019-07-25T10:56:41-07:00July 17th, 2019|Community, Water|0 Comments

New Analysis for Drought Management in the Willamette River Basin

In Oregon’s fertile Willamette River Basin, where two-thirds of the state’s population lives, managing water scarcity would be more effective if conservation measures were introduced in advance and upstream from the locations where droughts are likely to cause shortages, according to a new study. Read the rest of the story here: https://www.enn.com/articles/58795-new-analysis-reveals-challenges-for-drought-management-in-oregon-s-willamette-river-basin

By |2019-07-25T10:56:41-07:00July 17th, 2019|Community, Water|0 Comments

Updates From the Gizmo CdA Makers Faire on Saturday 2019

Kootenai Environmental Alliance was in attendance at the first ever Makers Faire put on by Gizmo-Cda this past Saturday. Staff rotated shifts throughout the day with my shift being the last shift of the day. It was an event full of makers, doers, educators, and inventors. Anyone in attendance would have been able to find [...]

Legacy of Mining Has Left A Dangerous Cocktail in Coeur d’Alene Lake

Article Everyone Should Read A recent article published in the High Country News talks about the after affects mining has left in our area and specifically Coeur d'Alene Lake. (Read the entire article here: A dangerous cocktail threatens the gem of North Idaho" ) "As attractive as it appears, the landscape around Coeur d’Alene Lake [...]

By |2019-07-25T10:58:30-07:00July 3rd, 2019|Community, Featured, Water|0 Comments

Help protect Wolf Lodge Bay and Mineral Ridge!

A proposed commercial rezoning at Lake Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay and Mineral Ridge would allow an industrial operation along the lakeshore, potentially threatening the Bald eagle kokanee salmon feeding site and critical wetlands, and disturbing sediments that may contain heavy metals. To find out more, please attend the public hearing on Thursday May 16, [...]

By |2019-07-25T10:58:30-07:00May 13th, 2019|Featured, Water|0 Comments

Fernan Restoration: The next phase

Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA) will be continuing its efforts to reduce phosphorus entering Fernan Lake with a demonstration restoration project.  KEA will be working with East Side Highway District and Architects West to restore 300 feet of shoreline. It has been determined that high phosphorous levels in Fernan Lake are a driving factor in the [...]

By |2019-07-03T13:09:46-07:00September 3rd, 2018|Featured, Water|0 Comments