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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

The Misguided CDA Press on the Misunderstood Impacts of the Spokane River Cleanup

“Take all the acronyms, the scientific formulas, the political agendas at cross purposes and the bitter cross-state line disputes. Flush it all down the toilet.” Or so the ever-helpful CDA Press editorialized this past Sunday.  The paper is evidently calling for some sort of misguided citizen uprising against yet-to-be-determined sewage rate increases caused by yet-to-be-permitted [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:52:30+00:00 September 26th, 2011|blog, Water|0 Comments

What We’re Reading – Busy Summer Edition

Always busy at KEA, it seems even busier lately.  Some things going on that we care about: The megaloads controversy remains as muddled as ever. Idaho has given a go-ahead to trips up Highway 95 from Lewiston, through Moscow and Coeur d'Alene, and then along I-90 through Montana to Canada's tar sands.  Two were permitted, [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:51:19+00:00 July 24th, 2011|blog|0 Comments

Conservationists Critical of Draft Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer Management Plan

Led by Kootenai Environmental Alliance, regional conservation groups filed comments June 10th with the Idaho Water Resources Board on the draft Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan for our local Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.   According to the comments, the plan is "not specific enough, not enforceable enough, and doesn't go far enough to properly protect the aquifer resources." [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:50:08+00:00 June 19th, 2011|blog, Water|1 Comment

Homeless Osprey Homeless No More

We got an email a couple of weeks ago from a resident in Post Falls concerned about a pair of suddenly homeless and increasingly desperate osprey. As the all-purpose conservation organization in North Idaho, and friend to animals big and small, could we help? We set out on twitter (and the telephone), and according to [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:27:06+00:00 May 17th, 2011|blog, Community, Save Cougar Bay, Wildlife|0 Comments

KEA in 2010

We sent a version of this post to our friends and members earlier this week, and we thought we'd share our thoughts on 2010 here as well. We've had a pretty good year at KEA. As this end-of-year letter is being written, the Kootenai County Commissioners are finally completing work on the long-awaited comprehensive plan. [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:46:31+00:00 December 31st, 2010|blog, Forests, Hayden Lake, KEA|0 Comments

Riverkeeper Intervenes in Spokane River TMDL Case

We got word over the weekend that the Spokane Riverkeeper is intervening in the pending TMDL lawsuit brought by Idaho polluter-plaintiffs Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, and the Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board.  Recall that the Idaho dischargers filed a complaint in federal district court challenging the dissolved oxygen total maximum daily load (TMDL) issued for [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:45:18+00:00 October 25th, 2010|blog, Water|1 Comment

Fate of Cougar Bay Now With Kootenai County?

We were a little taken aback this week, with the done-deal announcement that the Idaho Department of Lands and Kootenai County have entered an agreement that the County will now be responsible for the removal of hazardous pilings and booms in the Spokane River and Coeur d'Alene Lake.  The agreement, signed without public input, and [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:44:10+00:00 September 9th, 2010|blog, Save Cougar Bay|4 Comments

Fairness in the Spokane River TMDL

Admittedly, it is difficult trying to explain to laypersons why the Spokane River TMDL is reasonably fair even though it seems a little tilted toward Washington's polluters. But then we read an outstanding overview of the issues on the Spokane River Forum's very informative website. With an issue-by-issue summary, in a point/counterpoint format, the Forum [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:42:50+00:00 August 2nd, 2010|blog, Water|1 Comment

New Spokane Riverkeeper

We had heard this through our excellent regional enviro-grapevine, but it became official today.  Bart Mihailovich, best known as one of the bloggers at the excellent Down To Earth, was appointed as Riverkeeper for the Spokane River.  Bart replaces founding Riverkeeper Rick Eichstadt who will still be handling legal and support work for the organization.    The Spokane [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:42:51+00:00 July 27th, 2010|blog, Water|1 Comment