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.

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Action Alert: Public Meetings for Idaho’s Wild Salmon

Idaho's rivers used to teem with wild salmon and steelhead- but dams constructed along the Snake River have decimated our once vibrant ocean-running fisheries. The good news is that you now have the opportunity to advocate for recovery of wild salmon and steelhead in Idaho waters and restore more than 140 miles of the Snake [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|blog, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Amidst Broad Community Opposition, Shell Drops Plans for New Crude Oil-by-Rail

In another sign that crude-by-rail is a losing proposition, Shell Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes announced that it is dropping its plans to construct a crude-by-rail facility. Originally proposed in 2014, community opposition and legal challenges forced Shell and Skagit County to undertake a full environmental and public health review under the State Environmental Policy [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|Community, Water|0 Comments

CdA City Council to Consider Blackwell Annexation

Tonight the Coeur d'Alene City Council is being asked to annex 172 acres of Blackwell Island, Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River and change the zoning to Commercial At 17 Units/Acre (C17). This request is made by the Marina Yacht Club to accommodate their plans to expand. As part of the annexation request, the [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|blog, Land Use, Water|0 Comments

Spokane River Extremely Low, Water Conservation Needed

Today river advocates are calling on their neighbors and Spokane City water managers to turn down the spigots, and turn off sprinklers. The Spokane River flows dropped below 850 cubic feet per second (cfs) – the state-mandated minimum flow – more than a week ago, and have been running at or below 750 cfs most [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|blog, Water|0 Comments

Idaho’s Water Needs to Be Sustainably Managed

Water is critical to all life on Earth. The beautiful rivers, lakes and clean drinking water are reasons many of us chose to make Northern Idaho home. Responsible planning and conservation of our water resources is essential as we move into a time of warming climates and growing populations. Idaho is finally placing an emphasis [...]

By | August 23rd, 2016|Water|0 Comments

Health Advisories Issued for Fernan and Hayden Lakes

Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued health advisories for the east side of Fernan Lake and the northern arm of Hayden Lake, near the Sportsman Access. PHD is urging the public to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Water quality monitoring confirmed the presence [...]

By | July 19th, 2016|Hayden Lake, Water|0 Comments

Coeur d’Alene Will Pay Residents to Conserve Water

Water is a precious resource. Did you know that outdoor water use, mostly lawn and garden watering can quadruple in the summer? Over-watering is the No.1 cause of wasted water in the summertime and the leading cause of plant disease and insect problems. Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA) and the City of Coeur d’Alene Water Department [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|blog, Water|0 Comments

Waterkeeper Challenge-Unifying Communities

COEUR D’ALENE, ID. - Starting today Dennis Brueggemann(age 66) from Coeur d’ Alene Idaho will be riding his bike from Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Coeur d’ Alene Idaho to raise awareness for Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s Lake Coeur d’ Alene Waterkeeper program The Lake Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper program works to protect against threats to our water [...]

By | June 3rd, 2016|blog, Water|0 Comments

Restoration Begins for Fernan Lake

Fernan Lake, located just north of Coeur d’Alene Lake, acre for acre is Idaho's most popular place for recreational fishing. Unfortunately, water quality has deteriorated in recent years due to large amounts of phosphorus-laden sediments running into Fernan Lake from historical logging, shoreline erosion and agricultural activities in the watershed. An excess of phosphorus has [...]

By | May 30th, 2016|blog, Community, Land Use, Water|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|KEA, Water|0 Comments