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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

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

Court Rules that Coal Train Dust Case Should Go To Trial

Case will determine whether uncovered coal trains violate the federal Clean Water Act A federal judge decided today that the citizens of Washington state will be able to present testimony about the environmental impact of coal dust from uncovered Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) coal trains on local waterways. The trial is scheduled to begin [...]

By | 2016-10-27T09:18:52+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Water|0 Comments

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 | 2016-10-21T15:30:01+00:00 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 | 2016-10-10T12:38:40+00:00 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 | 2016-09-20T10:18:08+00:00 September 20th, 2016|blog, Land Use, Water|0 Comments