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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

Institutional Controls on the Bunker Hill Superfund Site by Andy Helkey, Panhandle Health District, Kellogg, ID

Andy Helkey presented an update on the Bunker Hill Superfund Site to an attentive audience at the KEA office. Several audience members had grown up in Kellogg and shared their memories of the years the mine and smelter operated in Kellogg. This is the second largest Superfund site in the U.S. consisting of 1500 square [...]

By | 2017-10-10T13:21:41+00:00 October 11th, 2017|blog, Community, KEA, Water|0 Comments

The first Happy Hour of the autumn season featured two speakers who provided evidence-based information about our local waterways.  Robert Steed, IDEQ Water Ecologist, began the session with “TMDL Overview and the Spokane River,” followed by Mike Anderson, from the CDA Water Treatment plant, who discussed the facilty’s on-going improvements under construction this year. Robert [...]

By | 2017-09-08T13:32:42+00:00 September 9th, 2017|blog, Community, KEA, Water|0 Comments

Eurasian Milfoil Treatment Scheduled for Hayden Lake

Idaho State Agriculture Department will be applying diquat dibromide, better know as Reward,  to areas of Hayden Lake July 31st – August 4th to treat for Eurasion Milfoil.  They are currently surveying and will update maps and points.  They will be focusing on the northern end of the lake near the sportsman access, Hayden Haven, [...]

By | 2017-07-12T16:10:51+00:00 July 15th, 2017|blog, Community, Hayden Lake, Water|1 Comment

LCDA  Waterkeeper Osprey identification and signage with Dr. Melquist 

Dr. Wayne Melquist, joined the Lake Coeur d' Alene Waterkeeper volunteers Friday June 30 on the Waterkeeper Boat. They identified Osprey nests on the lake around the Cougar Bay area.  Dr. Melquist and Waterkeeper volunteers identified the nests with 2 aluminum signs at entry-ways to Cougar Bay and 5 corrugated signs on occupied osprey nest pilings. [...]

By | 2017-07-12T16:08:54+00:00 July 14th, 2017|blog, Save Cougar Bay, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

H.R. 3043, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act.

This bill is a devastating assault on our nation's rivers and the people and wildlife that depend upon them. Its passage would end 95 years of balance in hydropower licensing, tipping the scales against taxpayers and in favor of huge utilities. Hydropower licenses are issued for up to 50 years. Many hydropower facilities that are [...]

By | 2017-06-27T13:58:56+00:00 June 27th, 2017|blog, Water|0 Comments

Youth Water Summit successfully bringing together the brightest young minds in our community!

Coeur d’Alene, ID- On Monday May 15th a truly an amazing and inspiring event took place at North Idaho College’s campus.  210 students from six northern Idaho high schools presented solutions to local water resource issues at the Youth Water Summit.  As one volunteer, Doug Fagerness, stated “It’s encouraging to see these young community members [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:41:22+00:00 May 20th, 2017|blog, Community, Water|0 Comments

Youth Water Summit Highlights Students’ Research and Solutions on Local Watershed Issues

Over 200 students from six northern Idaho high schools will present their research and solutions to local water resource issues at the Youth Water Summit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 15th at North Idaho College. The Youth Water Summit is the culminating event of the year-long Confluence Project, where students present their [...]

By | 2017-04-28T10:14:17+00:00 May 8th, 2017|blog, Community, Water|0 Comments

Action Allert: EPA under attack

Before the inception of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) our country was a toxic soup of pollution that ranged from horrific air quality to chemically polluted waterways.  The EPA was born in 1970 in the wake of elevated concern about the environment.  Since then, the EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for [...]

By | 2017-04-28T13:12:25+00:00 May 1st, 2017|blog, Forests, Water|0 Comments

Citizen Rights Under the Clean Water Act Under Threat

On February 16, the bill H.R. 1179 was introduced in the House of Representatives. This bill deters the public from filing citizen suits against water polluters - a right provided to them under the Clean Water Act. The citizen suit provision of the Clean Water Act was originally included by Congress because they recognized that [...]

By | 2017-04-03T08:04:14+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|blog, Water|0 Comments