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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

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

New Comprehensive Plan for the Spokane River Guides Actions for Reducing PCBs

A positive step toward a cleaner Spokane River was quietly recorded this past December. The Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force (Task Force) released a comprehensive plan that identifies a variety of actions that could prevent more polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from polluting the Spokane River. PCBs are a probable human carcinogen that can build up [...]

By | 2017-01-30T11:33:47+00:00 January 30th, 2017|blog, Water|0 Comments

Settlement Restricts Megaloads on Wild and Scenic Highway 12

The Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Rivers United and legal group Advocates for the West recently finalized a settlement agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to protect historic uses of U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho while restricting megaload shipments to preserve the area’s spectacular scenery and cultural significance. The agreement resolves a federal court lawsuit [...]

By | 2017-01-27T17:11:38+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Forests, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Restoring the Coeur d’Alene Basin: Deadline Looms for Public Input on Superfund Megasite

The deadline to submit comments on the draft Coeur d’Alene Basin Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is tomorrow, Friday, January 13th. The Restoration Plan  is meant to provide a comprehensive strategic framework to guide the restoration of natural resources and their services injured by the release of mining related hazardous substances in the [...]

By | 2017-01-12T14:28:09+00:00 January 12th, 2017|blog, Forests, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Senator Risch Introduces Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act

A huge thank you to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch who introduced a bill earlier this month to protect 13,900 acres in north Idaho as wilderness. The Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act of 2016 would protect approximately 13,900 acres in the rugged range of mountains above Lake Pend Oreille and the Clark Fork River. Its low-elevation boreal [...]

By | 2016-12-22T12:24:59+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Forests, Land Use, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Restoration Partnership Plans for Restoration of Injured Natural Resources in Coeur d’Alene Basin

For most of the 20th century, mining wastes in the Coeur d’Alene Basin were discharged into the South Fork and mainstem Coeur d’Alene River and its tributaries, or were deposited on lands and eventually migrated into ground and surface waters. Mine tailings and sediments contaminated with lead and zinc continue to be deposited in the [...]

By | 2016-11-28T13:11:30+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Forests, Water, Wildlife|0 Comments

Health Advisory Issued for Black Lake Algae Blooms

Panhandle Health District (PHD), the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe have issued a health advisory for Black Lake. PHD is urging the public to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Water quality monitoring confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. Blue-green algal blooms [...]

By | 2016-11-09T09:57:40+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Water|0 Comments