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Property Rights Council Votes Against Drinking Water Protection

As Bonner County Property Rights Council member Tom Cleveland explained, the whole idea behind drinking water protection in Bonner County was "with the blessing of the EPA" which he called a "Gestapo agency" and "out of control." He followed with an ominous non-sequitur, warning that "people should start thinking about where their food is coming [...]

By | 2012-03-13T21:19:34+00:00 March 13th, 2012|Land Use, Water|19 Comments

Coeur d’Alene Lake: What Do You Know?

In our line of work, we often need to remind ourselves that not everyone knows what we’re talking about. When we advocate for cleanup of the Coeur d'Alene basin, for example, we sometimes forget that not everyone knows that it’s a big mess. Recently, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and Idaho’s DEQ did a survey of [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:27:07+00:00 April 4th, 2011|blog|0 Comments

Snow, Ice and Salty Water

There’s a LOT of snow up on the passes this week. And what that also means, though, is that there’s a lot of salt being put on the roads on the passes. In a unique study, Idaho DEQ has taken a careful look at what happens to the road salt in the watersheds around 4th [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:47:50+00:00 March 2nd, 2011|blog, KEA, Water|0 Comments

Idaho Cities Call for Water Quality Monitoring

As you probably know, we've been rallying support for water quality monitoring for weeks now.  We have been calling on Gov. Otter to restore funding to the budget to perform one of the basic functions under the Clean Water Act, something the Governor and legislature have declined to fund for the past two years. Of [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:46:32+00:00 November 22nd, 2010|blog, Water|0 Comments

Where Is The Water Monitoring Accountability?

We had some interesting discussions yesterday about our blog posting about Idaho’s water monitoring meltdown. Recall that we wrote: We know that Idahoans care deeply about water quality. The failure of DEQ to accomplish the very basic minimum requirements of the Clean Water Act should be unacceptable. The legislature, which has zeroed the water monitoring [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:45:19+00:00 October 5th, 2010|blog, Water|2 Comments

Draft Report Confirms Idaho Water Monitoring Failures

As required by the Clean Water Act, the Department of Environmental Quality has just issued its draft "Integrated Report" on the state of water quality in the State of Idaho.  The utter failure of Idaho to do necessary water quality monitoring is probably the most glaring finding. According to the draft report, of  5747 distinct [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:45:19+00:00 October 4th, 2010|blog, Water|3 Comments

Meeting Keith Allred

Our great friend and office neighbor Mary Lou Reed invited us to a last minute lunch today with Keith Allred, candidate for Idaho Governor.  Allred, who was in the area for a number of events, evidently hadn’t completely filled his calendar, so a small group of “Friends of Mary Lou” got an invitation to have [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:44:11+00:00 August 30th, 2010|blog, KEA, Water|2 Comments

Idaho First in U.S. to Limit Carbon Emissions? Really?

Our friends and colleagues at Idaho Conservation League were recently successful in their efforts to get Idaho DEQ to regulate carbon emissions in an air pollution permit to be issued to a new "clean-coal gasification fertilizer plant" in Southern Idaho.  This is notable because it is the first such air quality permit in the nation. [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:33:37+00:00 December 1st, 2009|blog|0 Comments

Federal Stimulus Investment Pays Off in Silver Valley

Even the most vocal component of our local red-state anti-everything contingent should be applauding this news regarding the federal stimulus spending in the Coeur d'Alene basin.  We got notice of this DEQ press release yesterday, announcing the end-of-season statistics that show the stimulus spending has put the yard cleanup program in the upper basin nearly [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:31:49+00:00 October 2nd, 2009|blog|0 Comments