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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

Proposed Smelter in Newport, WA raising concerns in local communities

A Canadian Company Called HiTest Sand is proposing to build a smelter in Newport Washington.  The proposed smelter will discharge up to 700 tons per year of nitrogen oxide, 601 tons of carbon monoxide and 760 tons of sulfur dioxide, along with 111 tons per year of particulate matter.  The smelter would be the 15th [...]

By | 2018-03-13T16:09:37+00:00 March 15th, 2018|blog, climate change, Community, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

The future of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

The Forest Service is currently seeking public comments regarding the development of alternatives for the Forest Plan Revision on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The deadline is February 28. If you don’t understand forest planning, or if you were unaware of this important deadline, it is not your fault. Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert has failed [...]

By | 2018-02-16T09:24:36+00:00 February 17th, 2018|blog, Forests, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Fracking could be coming to a neighborhood near you!

Comments needed by December 12th! Fracking is the method of extracting very hard-to-get-at natural gas by pressure washing it out of the ground.  The process uses a lot of water to extract natural gas that is trapped between rocks.  The waste water from this process can be injected back into the ground with a special [...]

By | 2017-12-06T21:03:22+00:00 December 7th, 2017|blog, climate change, Community, KEA, Land Use, Water|0 Comments

Contact your Senators Now!

For 100 years, federal tax policy has incentivized the giving spirit. It has also empowered our crucial work. The goal of simplifying the tax code and making it easier for Americans to file their taxes is admirable, but the collateral damage this simplification would cause comes at too great a cost. According to Republican estimates, [...]

By | 2017-11-30T10:23:37+00:00 November 30th, 2017|blog, climate change, Community, Forests, KEA, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (HR 2936)

It’s bad enough that industrial logging can occur on 250 acres of public land, and be excluded from routine environmental review. This includes limited opportunity for public involvement. The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (HR 2936) would drastically increase this scenario, and allow 10,000 acres of public land to be logged without the necessary [...]

By | 2017-11-28T17:42:40+00:00 November 29th, 2017|blog, climate change, Forests, KEA, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Time to pull out the pen and paper and let your voice be heard

Bills to Oppose   Water Bills to Oppose HR 3043-passed House The Hydropower Policy Modernization Act, would make the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) the lead agency for all federal authorities related to dams including The Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. It gives unprecedented power to FERC to set [...]

By | 2017-11-10T16:02:56+00:00 November 11th, 2017|blog, Community, Forests, KEA, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Bill H.R. 3043

Bill H.R. 3043 is scheduled to go to the house floor next week.  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 the hydropower licensing, tipping the scales again taxpayers in favor of big utilities.  No [...]

By | 2017-11-03T14:14:58+00:00 November 4th, 2017|blog, Community, KEA, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

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