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Region Lacking Industrial Stormwater Permits

With the remarkable rains over the last weeks, our waterways are both swollen with water, but also choked with pollution. Streams are running the color of chocolate. Stormwater runoff is probably the most significant problem for our region’s water quality. Unfortunately, there is very little being done to stop the flow of pollutants. In fact, [...]

By | 2012-04-03T11:31:39+00:00 April 3rd, 2012|Water|0 Comments

Sackett Facts and Circumstances

An opinion piece published in the Spokesman-Review sheds some additional light on the Sackett case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. As we've written before, the Supreme Court is only deciding a procedural point about how and when the Sacketts can challenge an EPA wetlands determination. Even if the Sacketts win their Supreme Court case, [...]

By | 2012-01-26T10:13:08+00:00 January 21st, 2012|Water|2 Comments

Sacketts Make Case Before Supreme Court, But What Would A Win Look Like?

By most accounts, it was a tough day for EPA in the Supreme Court on Monday. Although the Sacketts got their share of skepticism from the Justices, the EPA really took it on the chin during the oral argument of the Priest Lake wetland case. The issue before the court was whether a “compliance order” [...]

By | 2012-01-13T19:52:21+00:00 January 10th, 2012|Water|6 Comments

Constitutional Analysis of Wetland Cases .. for Dummies

Here's the thing to remember. We live in the United States of America. We are a nation of laws. We have a Constitution that gives Congress the authority to pass laws under enumerated powers. One of those powers is provided by the Constitution's commerce clause. Congress passed the Clean Water Act. The Supreme Court has affirmed [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:20:48+00:00 December 4th, 2011|blog, Land Use, Water|1 Comment

The Sacketts’ Wetland Mapped

It took all of 5 minutes to create the above map, using the US Fish and Wildlife Service wetlands mapper. Had the Sackett's taken the time to to look into it before bulldozing their property and filling it with gravel, or had they made a call to the US Army Corps of Engineers [...]

By | 2012-03-22T10:53:33+00:00 November 6th, 2011|blog, Land Use, Water|5 Comments

Basin Commission to Consider Lower Basin Collaboration

As the cleanup of mine waste contamination in the Coeur d'Alene River basin moves ever-so-slowly downstream, government agencies are beginning to prepare. Studies are being done, computer models assembled, and basic data gathering is well underway. In response, some citizens are also coming together to make sure that community input is not forgotten. At an [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:22:44+00:00 November 1st, 2011|blog|1 Comment

What The Priest Lake Wetland Case Is Actually About

If you only read what is coming out of congressional offices and only watched Fox News, you’d certainly think that local heroes Mike and Chantelle Sackett from Priest Lake are about to go to the Supreme Court and bring down the whole EPA.  Finally, they say, the overreaching federal agency and their wetland tyranny will [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:52:30+00:00 October 13th, 2011|blog, Land Use, Water|14 Comments