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After listening to community concerns, Kootenai County Parks and Waterways has agreed not to install mooring buoys in Cougar Bay and instead will begin looking for a more appropriate mooring location that can better serve the needs of the motorized boater.
Parks and Waterways will still install the less controversial buoys to delineate the no-wake zone. Director, Nick Snyder explained that, “The buoys are needed to caution motorized boaters, and to better define the line so that it can be legally enforced.”
We are reasonably hopeful that the historic pilings will remain in Cougar Bay as long as they are not hazards. However, the maze-like boom sticks that used to connect the pilings have been removed. Under rules from Idaho Department of Lands the departure of Foss Maritime initiated a “change of use” for the booms, thus they are no longer legally allowed to remain.
At this point, we are working to finalize the preservation of the pilings, and helping to raise funds for Kootenai County Parks and Waterways install No-Wake Zone buoys to delineate the mouth of Cougar Bay. We are also hoping to raise money to fund any necessary removal of hazard pilings and future piling protection efforts.
We look forward to future collaboration with Kootenai County and Idaho Department of Lands in preserving Cougar Bay for wildlife habitat and quiet recreation. Thanks to all of you that attended hearings, meetings, wrote letters and emails—together we do make a difference!
Save Cougar Bay News:
August 3, 2010 11:03 am : blog, Save Cougar Bay
The second of two parts from legal intern Trevor Frank: Although the application is in a bit of limbo at the moment, Kootenai Environmental Alliance has expressed support for the Osprey Protective Association’s application for an encroachment permit in Cougar Bay to preserve the log pilings and booms. The encroachment permit would essentially allow the Osprey Association to keep the pilings and booms in place. more »
July 30, 2010 1:27 pm : blog, Save Cougar Bay
As if the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) knew that the Save Cougar Bay campaign was gathering a head of steam, the Department, we learned yesterday, returned the application submitted by the Osprey Protective Association for a permit to simply protect the pilings and booms in Cougar Bay. This is the second time the agency has returned the application without addressing it on the merits. more »
July 29, 2010 1:55 pm : blog, KEA, Save Cougar Bay
Legal intern Trevor Frank supplies this first of two reports: Preserving Cougar Bay will implicate “the public trust doctrine” – a legal doctrine that holds, basically, that natural resources should be maintained for the public’s interest. It is a doctrine that applies in Idaho because of a case brought by Kootenai Environmental Alliance. Historically, water bodies have been thought of as a public resource under more »
July 27, 2010 1:36 pm : blog, Save Cougar Bay
After some careful consideration, Kootenai Environmental Alliance has, as part of our new Save Cougar Bay campaign, joined forces with the Cougar Bay Osprey Protective Association to preserve the log pilings in Cougar Bay. The pilings represent cultural, recreational, and biological values that are important in Cougar Bay – the last quiet Bay on Coeur d’Alene Lake. We are supporting an Osprey Association application to the more »
July 26, 2010 10:36 am : blog, KEA, Save Cougar Bay
After some careful consideration and some grassroots encouragement, Kootenai Environmental Alliance is launching a new campaign this week to Save Cougar Bay. We think Cougar Bay is essentially the Tubbs Hill of Coeur d’Alene Lake. Cougar Bay, the last quiet bay on Coeur d’Alene Lake, is rich with fish and wildlife habitat, historic significance, and is an important haven for quiet recreation close to the more »