Category : Water

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 triggered prolonged annual blue-green algae blooms that may produce toxins 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 »

Report Confirms Huge Impacts From Proposed Coal Export Terminal in Southwest Washington

The Washington Department of Ecology released their draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminal’s proposed coal export terminal along the Columbia River.  The report comes after the agency received over 165,000 public comments calling for a broad review of the proposed coal export terminal. “The review’s findings confirm what the public has said for over six years: This project has significant, unavoidable more »

Shared Harvest Garden Grows More Than Vegetables

Shared Harvest Garden Grows More Than Vegetables

Sowing seeds and transplanting vegetable starts grows more than copious amounts of nutritious, organic produce at the Shared Harvest Community Garden (located at 10th and Foster). The Garden brings together friends and neighbors of all ages and walks of life, to provide organic produce for food assistance and to beautify our neighborhood. Connections between participating families, neighbors, friends, agencies, businesses and schools have grown noticeably more »

Trends Show Water Quality in Lake Coeur d'Alene Continue to Decline

Trends Show Water Quality in Lake Coeur d’Alene Continue to Decline

Science presented at the Lake Coeur d’Alene Our Gem Symposium in March revealed that oxygen levels in the Lake are declining, which raises concerns about the heavy metals buried at the bottom of the lake. Coeur d’Alene Lake serves as a catch basin for more than 75 million metric tons of toxic heavy metals (like Lead, Cadmium, Zinc, arsenic, antimony, copper and mercury) that have more »

Action Alert: Save Clagstone Meadows for Public Access and Wildlife

We are on the brink of saving nearly 9,000 acres of wildlife habitat and opening it to public recreation. But we need you help to protect Clagstone Meadows and keep it from being developed! Clagstone Meadows encompasses 13,000 acres of granite hills, forests, meadows and delicate wetlands near Kelso and Clagstone Lakes just north of the Bonner-Kootenai County line. A few short years ago the more »

Spokane River Advocates Petition WA State to Increase Summertime Flows

Spokane River Advocates Petition WA State to Increase Summertime Flows

Yesterday, advocates for the Spokane River petitioned the Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) to increase its flow rule for Spokane River.   Conservationists are seeking a minimum summertime flow of 1,800 – 2800 cubic feet per second (CFS) to support fisheries and recreation, and protect higher flows for recreation when available. “We are asking Washington state to ‘go with the flow,’ amend its inadequate flow rule, more »

IDEQ Urges Coeur d’Alene Basin Landowners to Test Soil

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) is urging stragglers in the Coeur d’Alene Basin to have their properties tested for soil contamination before the Basin Property Remediation Program is downsized. Over 7,000 properties, once contaminated with lead or arsenic, have been remediated as part of the Coeur d’Alene Basin cleanup project in Idaho’s Shoshone and Kootenai counties. With fewer private properties left to be more »

High Speed Jet Boats Proposed to Race Through Superfund Area

High Speed Jet Boats Proposed to Race Through Superfund Area

According to an article in The St. Maries Gazette, a high speed jet boat race will take place along the Coeur d’Alene River on May 24th and 25th of this year. The St. Maries Chamber of Commerce has been hosting the Race the Joe! event since 2012 and is now looking to expand the event to nine days spanning three area rivers: the Coeur d’Alene more »

Record-Breaking Number of Comments Pour in Against Proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal

Today marks the close of comments on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, WA. The Stand Up To Oil campaign will deliver a record-breaking 276,296 comments to Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) opposing the project. This outpouring of opposition follows turn out of almost 2,000 people to three crowded hearings (two in Vancouver, one in Spokane) more »